Do Go Chasing Waterfalls

This week, I thought I’d do something a bit different. Instead of a thousand words describing the incredible waterfalls of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, I wanted to simply share pictures. All the images are unedited, which kills me, but I thought it would be the best way for you to see some of the most beautiful sights in England.

First up is Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, a walking route of 4.3 miles which takes you past ancient landscapes and six distinct falls, five of which are here. (Not sure why I am missing one)

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Pecca Falls is the first you see on the trail. Made of five separate waterfalls, it’s a fantastic way to start.

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This majestic curtain is Thornton Force. To reach it you have to climb out the valley, thoroughly exhausting yourself when you’re only about a mile in, but it’s such a beauty, it’s worth it. Plus, there’s a very well placed bench opposite.

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Beezley Falls is particularly pretty. You will find it after a rather long and mostly featureless walk around Ingleborough, so it was pleasant to be back to seeing water! For this reason, it is my favourite of the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail.

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Rival Falls is the next up. Apparently, the pool in this section is over 80ft deep, earning the name ‘Black Hole’.

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Baxengyhll Gorge is not one to check out if you are afraid of heights. A metal bridge forms a platform high over the gorge, allowing you the perfect place to see the crashing waterfalls.

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Once done at the waterfalls trail, book a tour through White Scar Caves to see some fascinating underground waterfalls. This one may well have a name, but I wasn’t paying attention, since we had to run through it to continue on the tour. On that note, by far the best time to see the caves is on a day when it has been raining heavily: your tour might get delayed, like ours did, but it does mean that the rivers are much more powerful.

 

Wensleydale

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Hardraw Force is found by passing through a pub and ambling alongside a stream until you reach a pretty magnificent cove and the UK’s highest single drop waterfall at 80ft. We thought it got a bit warmer while we were there, which might explain that scene in Robin Hood, so we stopped for a snack. Excuse my panda-like appearance: I got sunburnt at an airshow about five days prior to my trip!

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This cute little waterfall can be found in Hawes, the UK’s most self sufficient village. Over the course of two days, the power of the falls started to ebb away, as it had poured with rain on the day we arrived, but became quite warm afterwards.

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Here we are at Aysgarth Falls, a set of three layers of waterfalls, also used in the filming of Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. The Upper Falls are more dynamic and more exciting than the other two, so I recommend you see Lower and Middle falls first.

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How beautiful is Cauldron falls with its foliage, plunge pool, and overhanging rocks. You’ll find this one in the village of West Burton, and if you really want to, you can stay in one of the holiday homes right next to the Beck.

Warfedale

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Our penultimate location. You’ll find a fast flowing river and rapid-like waterfalls at Linton Falls in Grassington. It’s only a couple of minutes walking from the village, and if you walk upstream, you will eventually find yourself in woodlands which hide the remains of an ancient settlement! Enthralling!

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But before you reach the woodland, you’ll pass this hydroelectric plant. Built in 1909, it used to supply energy to the village of Grassington, until it was abandoned in 1948. In 2012, it was switched back on after 8 years of work, and it now pumps power back into the system. It was by far the most exciting find of the week.

Malhamdale

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Gordale Scar was the first Dales waterfall we ever saw and so inspired the rest of our waterfall adventure. We actually visited Malham in April 2017, before I knew anything about the Dales: we only found the place because Dan scanned over it on Google Maps one day. The scar is tucked away, off the main walking trail, and is a great place to stop for a snack.

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Janet’s Foss is our final waterfall. Rumoured to be the home of a fairy queen, this small waterfall cascades into a perfect pool, good enough to be the swimming spot for the local men apparently. The most incredible thing about the area is the strong scent of wild garlic, that truly makes it a place to remember.

 

 

Bonus waterfall!

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You thought it was all over, didn’t you? Malham Cove is an ancient waterfall, crafted from an ancient river that flowed in this area during the Ice Age. Looking up at the cove is simply magnificent, as is spotting peregrine falcons flying to and from their nests.

In 2015, following heavy rainfall, Malham Cove became the UK’s highest single drop waterfall, as suddenly, the waterfall began flowing for a couple of hours. It was the first time this phenomenon had been seen in living memory, and likely that we will never be lucky enough to see it again, but if you pop up there on a particularly rainy day, you never know!

 

Have you seen any UK waterfalls that you’d recommend chasing? Leave us a comment!

 

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