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Catrigg Force | Hidden Waterfall in Yorkshire, England

Updated: Mar 6

This waterfall is located deep within a wooded gorge and is a perfect secluded spot adored by everybody who has the pleasure of visiting. Visitors can enjoy a swim at Catrigg Force (beware of the freezing cold water!) however you do need to climb a few rocks to get to the actual falls.


Image of Catrigg Force Waterfall in England.
Photo taken by @theroaminghind via Instagram.

Catrigg Force really is a hidden gem which is easy enough to find once you get there, but it is a very steep uphill walk for about a mile. However despite the uphill walk, you'll be greeted with stunning views and a tranquil setting so it makes it worth while.


This hidden gem isn't too far away from the more popular out of the two waterfall Stainforth Force, so why not complete this one first and then make your way down there?

Really beautiful waterfall, the path down to it from the bridleway was a bit frosty and slippery, but I'm nimble so didn't struggle much. There's another path with steps, where you can see a different view of the foss. Well worth a walk to visit! – Google Review

From the north of Catrigg Force there is a minor road which has parking for around one or two cars, and access to the waterfall is via a good quality track and a few gates. According to some of the locals; they recommend walking from the main car park as it's such a beautiful scenic walk in.


FAQs/Things to know before visiting Catrigg Force


1) Where is Catrigg Force located?

Catrigg Force is located near the village of Stainforth in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, England.


2) What makes Catrigg Force a hidden gem?

Catrigg Force is considered a hidden gem due to its secluded location, natural beauty, and the picturesque cascade of water as it plunges down a series of limestone steps amidst the tranquil woodland surroundings. The waterfall offers visitors a serene and enchanting experience away from the crowds.


3) How do I get to Catrigg Force?

Visitors can access Catrigg Force by foot from the village of Stainforth. There is a footpath leading from Stainforth to Catrigg Force, which follows the course of Stainforth Beck through the woodlands. The waterfall can be reached by following this footpath upstream.


4) Is there an entrance fee to visit Catrigg Force?

There is no entrance fee to visit Catrigg Force, as it is located in a public-access area within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.


5) What can I expect to see at Catrigg Force?

At Catrigg Force, visitors can admire the beauty of the cascading water as it flows over the limestone steps amidst the serene woodland surroundings. The area is also rich in flora and fauna, providing opportunities for nature observation and photography.


6) Are guided tours available for Catrigg Force?

While there may not be formal guided tours, visitors can explore the area around Catrigg Force on their own, following the footpath and enjoying the natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales.


7) Is Catrigg Force suitable for families and children?

Catrigg Force can be suitable for families and children, but caution is advised, especially near the waterfall where the terrain may be uneven and slippery. Parents should supervise children closely during the visit.


8) Are dogs allowed at Catrigg Force?

Yes, dogs are allowed in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, including the area around Catrigg Force, but owners must keep them on a leash and clean up after them to preserve the cleanliness and safety of the area.


9) Are there facilities or amenities near Catrigg Force?

The village of Stainforth may offer amenities such as parking, accommodations, restrooms, and dining options for visitors. It is advisable to come prepared with any necessary supplies.


10) What is the best time to visit Catrigg Force?

Catrigg Force can be visited all year-round, but the waterfall may be most impressive after heavy rainfall or during the spring thaw when the water flow is at its peak. Visitors may also enjoy exploring the surrounding woodland during the warmer months when the landscape is green and vibrant.



Image of Catrigg Force Waterfall in England.
Photo taken by @raymar.jr via Instagram.

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