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Catrigg Force | Hidden Waterfall in Yorkshire, England

Updated: Jan 2

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.


Things to know before visiting Catrigg Force

  • Catrigg Force falls around 20ft deep via two levels into the pool below, perfect for a quick dip!

  • For parking, there is the main National Park car park which is located in the village of Stainforth.

  • This waterfall is dog-friendly however dogs must be kept on a lead.


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

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