12 beautiful waterfalls in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 12:03 07 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:53 09 September 2020

Catrigg Force by John Wood

Catrigg Force by John Wood


From the fairy tale settings to the highest in the land located at the back of a pub, Yorkshire is a county awash with waterfalls.

Hardraw Force by Chris NewmanHardraw Force by Chris Newman

Hardraw Force

Hardraw Force lies less than a mile away from Hawes and at 100ft it is said to be the longest single drop waterfall in England. Getting to Hardraw Force is unusual to say the least; as it is located within the grounds of the historic Green Dragon Inn it is only accessible via the pub.


Aysgarth Falls by Raymond RickabyAysgarth Falls by Raymond Rickaby

Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth Falls are actually a triple flight of falls that stretch out over a mile on the River Ure, the falls have plenty of good paths in the vicinity for walking in the woods and has a nearby visitor centre.


Janet's Foss, Malham by Rob McEwenJanet's Foss, Malham by Rob McEwen

Janet’s Foss

This small waterfall close to the village of Malham does look like it belongs in a scene from a fairytale. According to legend it’s named after Janet, the Queen of the Fairies, who was said to live in a cave behind the fall.


Thornton Force, Ingleton by Rob McEwenThornton Force, Ingleton by Rob McEwen

Thornton Force

The Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is around 5 miles in length with a vertical rise of 550ft. The circular route is dotted with many varying falls along its length but for many, the spectacular 50ft Thornton Force is the highlight.


Cauldron Falls, West Burton by Pete LawlessCauldron Falls, West Burton by Pete Lawless

Cauldron Falls

It’s no wonder JMW Turner stopped by to sketch Cauldron Falls during his travels around Yorkshire. The falls are located just outside the pretty Wensleydale village of West Burton, next to Waldon Beck.


Goit Stock Falls, Harden by Karol GajewskiGoit Stock Falls, Harden by Karol Gajewski

Goit Stock Falls

You will find Goit Stock Falls just outside the West Yorkshire village of Cullingworth, which is located inbetween Haworth and Bingley. Goit Stock is a two step fall over the stream of Harden Beck that joins the River Aire at Bingley, the woodland surrounding the area is popular with walkers.


Sprotbrough falls by Graham BeardsleySprotbrough falls by Graham Beardsley

Sprotbrough Falls

This is actually a weir on the River Don and is often referred to as Sprotbrough Falls by locals. In the 18th century a number of weirs were built along the river for industry or to regulate water levels for boats.


Hull Pot by John WoodHull Pot by John Wood

Hull Pot

This entry is extremely misleading. Hull Pot is not in Hull and it’s not exactly a waterfall. It’s a large collapsed cavern located on the western side of Pen-y-Ghent (one of the three famous peaks). In heavy rainfall the water flows over the edge and falls 60ft creating a spectacular temporary waterfall.


Scaleber Foss, Settle by Rob McEwenScaleber Foss, Settle by Rob McEwen

Scaleber Foss

This multi-tiered waterfall just outside Settle has an other-worldly feel to it and is a popular destination for photographers looking to capture the beauty and complexity of this force of nature.


Cautley Spout by Amanda GrisdaleCautley Spout by Amanda Grisdale

Cautley Spout

Cautley Spout is said to be Britain’s highest overground cascade, falling around 200 metres from a plateau called The Calf. The fall is located in the Howgill Fells, one of those quirks of the boundary system which means its in Cumbria but part of the Yorkshire Dales.


Stainforth Force by Peter AinsworthStainforth Force by Peter Ainsworth

Catrigg Force and Stainforth Force

The village of Stainforth in the Yorkshire Dales has Stainforth Force to the east, is where the River Ribble tumbles over a series of cascades where salmon can often be seen leaping. Catrigg Force, lies just west of Stainforth and is hidden in a secluded wood and has a drop of 20 feet or so.


Lumb Falls, Hebden Bridge by Christopher OgdenLumb Falls, Hebden Bridge by Christopher Ogden

Lumb Falls

Lumb Falls is a few miles north of Hebden Bridge, just outside the hamlet of Pecket Well. This beautiful cascade falls into a semi-circular pool which is a popular spot for wild swimmers in the summer.


There are many other waterfalls in Yorkshire that we haven’t mentioned above, here are a selection of reader photos from over the years.


10 of the best wild swimming spots in Yorkshire

Related articles

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Latest from the Yorkshire Life