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East Gill Force | Hidden Waterfall in England

Updated: Mar 6

East Gill Force is an amazing little gem of two waterfalls which lead down into the river scale and has one of the cleanest waters in the UK. There is quite a bit of a steep descent in order to get to the waterfall, so do take that into consideration before visiting the falls!

Image of East Gill Force in England.
Photo taken by @joesargent via Instagram.

For those wanting to visit East Gill Force, the good thing is that it's really easy to get too. You can simply park up on the side of the road and walk down a short step of falls (which are quite steep) in order to get to the falls. Why not have a sit on one of the benches and have a cute little picnic?

East Gill Force is such a beautiful place to visit. Well maintained paths very stable underfoot. – Google Review

East Gill Force really is an amazing spot to come for a secluded visit to a waterfall, as well as enjoying a bit of wild swimming! It's only a 10 minute walk from the nearby village Keld, which we would definitely recommend visiting since you're in the area.

FAQs/Things to know before visiting East Gill Force

1) Where is East Gill Force located?

East Gill Force is located in Swaledale, within the Yorkshire Dales National Park in North Yorkshire, England.

2) What makes East Gill Force a hidden gem?

East Gill Force is considered a hidden gem due to its secluded location amidst the stunning natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales. The waterfall offers visitors a tranquil and picturesque setting away from more popular tourist attractions.

3) How do I get to East Gill Force?

Visitors can access East Gill Force by following a footpath from the village of Keld, which leads through scenic countryside along the River Swale to the waterfall.

4) Is there an entrance fee to visit East Gill Force?

There is no entrance fee to visit East Gill Force, as it is located within the public-access area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

5) What can I expect to see at East Gill Force?

At East Gill Force, visitors can enjoy the sight and sound of the cascading water as it flows over the rocky ledges into a pool below. The area is surrounded by lush vegetation and offers opportunities for relaxation, photography, and wildlife observation.

6) Are guided tours available for East Gill Force?

While guided tours may not be specifically available for East Gill Force, there are guided walks and hikes offered in the Yorkshire Dales National Park that may include visits to this area.

7) Is East Gill Force suitable for families and children?

East Gill Force can be suitable for families and children, but the hike to reach it may be moderately challenging and may not be suitable for very young children or those with mobility issues.

8) Are dogs allowed at East Gill Force?

Dogs are allowed on the hiking trails leading to East Gill Force, but they must be kept on a lead at all times and owners should clean up after them.

9) Are there facilities or amenities near East Gill Force?

There are limited facilities near East Gill Force, with the nearest amenities located in the village of Keld. Visitors are advised to come prepared with food, water, and any other necessities for their hike.

10) What is the best time to visit East Gill Force?

East Gill Force can be visited all year-round, but it is particularly beautiful during the spring and summer months when the vegetation is lush and the waterfall is flowing at its fullest. However, the area can also be visited in the autumn and winter for a quieter experience amidst the stunning landscape of Swaledale.

Image of East Gill Force in England.
Photo taken by @martin_hornsey via Instagram.

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