There are so many stunning Yorkshire Dales waterfalls that you can marvel at during your stay. With such dramatic scenery and beautiful rivers and streams, we’re lucky to be surrounded by lots of impressive falls.
To help you plan your visit, we’ve pulled together a list of some of our favourite waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales.
Janet’s Foss in Malham is lovely. We think that the fall takes its name from legends of a fairy queen who was reported to live in a cave towards the rear of the fall. Whether you believe in the magic of the place or not, there’s lots of fun to be had enjoying the scenery and dipping your feet in the pool.
There are three falls at Aysgarth for you to enjoy, and they’re all stunning. Take a trip into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park to see all three stages of the river as it descends through the Dales.
There’s plenty of parking at the Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre, as well as information about the local area and a café on site. If you only have time to visit one of the wonderful Yorkshire Dales waterfalls, Aysgarth should be high on your list.
Falling Foss is a really lovely fall surrounded by wonderful woodland. There’s a two mile circular walk that takes you right past the 30 foot Falling Foss, through the woods and right by the lovely May Beck. The waters are lovely for paddling in in the warmer weathers and there’s a great bridge on route for playing Pooh-sticks.
Catrigg Force Waterfall
Catrigg Force is a real hidden gem. A short walk from the charming village of Stainforth takes you to the wooded gorge. It’s a secluded spot full of natural beauty. From the National Park car park, it’s also only a short walk to the next impressive fall, Stainforth Force, which is also very much worth a visit while you’re in the area.
If you’re looking for an easily accessible waterfall, Cauldron Falls is perfect. There is a beckside path that leads you from Burton up to one of the best viewing point of the falls. You might also see these falls called the West Burton Falls.
Hardraw Force is continually top of best Yorkshire Dales waterfalls must-visit lists – and we wholeheartedly agree! It’s England’s highest single drop waterfall with a 100 foot drop from the top of the fall to the pool. It’s set in the grounds of the historic Green Dragon Inn and all the paths are level and gravelled.
There is a modest charge for entry to the falls, currently at £2.50 for adults, £1.50 per child (under 5s are free), or £7.50 for a family ticket.
You can see Scaleber Foss from up high and down low. You first wind your way up through the woodland path to catch sight of the falls from above. From the highest point, you then weave your way down again to the bottom of the Foss – just be careful if it’s been raining as it can be slippery.
You can drive past Harmby Waterfall and never know it’s there, just east of Leyburn. Head into Harmby Gill woods and follow the short path. You’ll see a gate just before a stream, go through it to get a closer look at the falls.
Cotter Force is a stunning waterfall that is really accessible. The graded path is ideal for pushchairs and wheelchair users. Just off the A684 near Hawes, leave your car in the layby and follow the path right up to the waterfall. There are benches near the falls for you to sit a while and enjoy the stunning view.
Kisdon Force is a pair of waterfalls along the River Swale. Water drops an impressive 33 foot over the cascades. Start with the upper falls, the more modest of the two, before heading down to the impressive lower falls.
With so many stunning Yorkshire Dales waterfalls to enjoy, you won’t have time to see them all in a day! Book yourself into some of our trusted Dales accommodation and take your time exploring our beautiful natural landscapes.