This Secret Yorkshire Dales Waterfall Is The Perfect Spot For Wild Swimming

This Secret Yorkshire Dales Waterfall Is The Perfect Spot For Wild Swimming

This time of year calls for getting out in nature, and Yorkshire is plentiful when it comes to walks of all kinds including forests, coastal, lakes and waterfalls. And, we’ve got a hidden gem of a waterfall that’s hidden deep within a wooded gorge, Catrigg Force in the Yorkshire Dales.

Visited by the composer Edward Elgar And friends who praised the 6-metre high waterfall and visited various times, it’s the perfect secluded spot to enjoy this summer.

Catrigg Force

It’s found just a short distance from the village which is just north of Settle, where you can park up and enjoy a circular walk to the dramatic Yorkshire waterfall Catrigg Falls.

The falls are only a couple of miles from Stainforth village and are perfect for those who enjoy wild swimming. The falls found in the wooded gorge have a beautiful beck that flows into it and is a great hidden gem to enjoy a dip before continuing on to a walk in the hills.

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Catrigg Force
Credit: Photo © Anthony Foster (cc-by-sa/2.0)

With its leafy surroundings and secluded nature, it’s the perfect atmospheric swimming spot in the Yorkshire Dales that sits below the majestic Catrigg Force waterfall.

As with all waterfalls, it is always better after a good rain, so don’t be disappointed if you visit in summer and the flow isn’t as glorious as you’d hoped.

But if you do reach it on a good day you can enjoy the main waterfalls 6-metre drop into a lovely step-pool below.

Credit: Craven Heifier

Afterwards, why not head back into the village of Stainforth and enjoy one of its beautiful pubs. We recommend you head over to the Craven Heifier, a cosy 200-year-old pub that serves great ales. It is a traditional-style pub with all the quaint trappings you’d expect from a Yorkshire Dales establishment.

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