There is nothing like getting out into nature and one thing that has always mesmurised man is the hypnotic flow of a waterfall. People have flocked to them for hudreds of year, even before you could take photos for the Instagram to write poetry, paint or just be in awe of the natural beauty of them. Yorkshire has some brilliant waterfall walks and we’ve handpicked a selection of some of out favourite Yorkshire waterfall walks that God’s Own Country has to offer.
1. Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
The Yorkshire Dales trail is a favourite with many walkers with great reason. You can witness five main waterfalls and eight water spouts in total on the trail that follows the River Twiss and the River Doe. Along the way, you’ll be treated to sights of the Yorkshire Three Peaks while you take on the four-mile route, which should take two to four hours to complete starting at Thorton Force.
2. Malham Waterfall Walk
Malham’s waterfall walk takes in two beautiful and unique waterfalls Janet’s Foss and Gordale Scar. Janet’s Foss is a hidden gem like something out of a fairy tale that you can actually get in and have a paddle. Gordale Scar is majestic in its size and form. The walk starts in Malham and is around 4 miles long. You can enjoy a nice pint at the Lister Arms once you’re done.
3. Falling Foss
Just South of Whitby in North Yorkshire, Falling Foss waterfall is a huge 30ft waterfall that is the perfect place to enjoy a little dip. You can park up at May Beck and do a circular walk of around 3 miles before heading to the beautiful Falling Foss Tea Room for refreshments and something to eat after a beautiful walk in North Yorkshire.
4. Aysgarth Falls
One of the most famous waterfalls in Yorkshire, Aysgarth Falls is a trio of small waterfalls found on the River Ure. You can enjoy an incredible circular walk through Wensleydale taking in the three flight waterfall. It has lots of pop culture accolades such as featuring in Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves, Williams Wordsworth visits and Turner and Ruskin paintings. The pretty spot makes for some beautiful photographs – which is why thousands of people flock every single year.
5. Hardraw Force
Just north of the town of Hawes in the Wensleydale area of the Yorkshire Dales is Hardraw Force waterfall, which is the highest single-fall waterfall in England. It brings together some of the greatest elements that a waterfall needs great character, and, for me, the falls has to be epic with a view that you could sit and stare at while letting time pass. It is a massive 100ft tall. It is close to The Pennine Way long distance path, so you can make the trip what you want it to be. The best thing is you have to pass by a pub to get there – an ideal excuse for a pint.
6. Cautley Spout
One of the bigger walks in our roundup, Cautley Spout in is England’s highest cascade waterfall tumbling down 650ft. You can enjoy a circular walk starting out at Cross Keys public house in The Yorkshire Dales via Cautley Spout. It’s a beautiful walk that takes in the summit of Calsders and the Lakeland Fells. You get to see some of the Yorkshire Dales most beautiful views of the countryside whilst you amble along.
7. Mallyan Spout
A huge tourist attraction for Goathland, the amazing waterfall Mallyan Spout has been pulling in tourists since the 19th-Century. The short 3-mile walk takes in the idyllic village of Goathland, the impressive Mallyan Spout and Beck Hole a small valley village before heading back to Goathland. It’s a great introduction to Yorkshire waterfalls and will have to want to come back for more.
8. Rivelin Valley Nature Trail
In the Sheffield area, The Rivelin Valley walk is a nice short 3-mile walk, so 6 miles end to end, but you can walk as far as you’d like and turn around. There is a cafe where you can enjoy ice cream and some refreshments. You’ll get to experience all sorts of waterfalls on your excursion – there are various places to cross over via stepping stones which is always fun.
9. Goit Stock Waterfall
Situated near Bingley the area is beautiful and you can make the walk as long and short as you want. If you park up in Harden then it is around 1 mile to the amazing Goit Waterfall, otherwise, you can trek through the Harden Valley and enjoy woodland moors and more in the beautiful Bronte country. The waterfall itself is a beautiful spot hidden in woodlands, it’s a beautiful place to make sure you take any rubbish with you and respect the area as nature can be unpredictable.
10. Stainforth Force
Stainforth is a popular place to visit in the summer month, so plan your trip. Situated in the Settle area you can get parked up at the edge of Stainforth village and head over the ancient packhorse bridge before being greeted by one of the most beautiful sights in the Yorkshire Dales, and that’s saying something. Head towards the amazing Catriff Force waterfall. It’s a nice short walk of around 3-miles where you are greeted with various surprises such as the Stainforth beck and the magical Catrigg Force which is a sight you can’t just visit once.
11. Hull Pot
Hull Pot is the biggest hole in England and in itself is a pretty epic sight. Just on the western side of Pen-y-ghen in the Yorkshire Dales, it’s the perfect summer day out. Weather depending whether the waterfall is as impressive as it can be, but it is still an impressive sight and a nice walk regardless.