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Janet's Foss | Waterfall in Yorkshire, England

Updated: Mar 6

Janet's Foss is a beautiful little waterfall which visitors can enjoy swimming in the clear turquoise water and admire the cute fairy caves. Janet's Foss is a great place to visit especially for those who are visiting the nearby Malham Cove and Gordale Scar.


Image of Janet's Foss Waterfall in England.
Photo taken by @dhxmcr via Instagram.

Janet's Foss is a great place for a bit of wild swimming if you're into that, especially if its a quiet day (although there is plenty of space to go around!). It can get slightly busy when the sun comes out to play, so if you're wanting to visit definitely get there early.

Stunning location, good for a hike or a shower in the waterfall if you're tall enough (over 5"7 I'd say) or can swim well enough. Crystal clear water, amazing views. Fairly cold water though. – Google Review

Why not make a day of it and visit other gems such as Malham Cove (where they filmed Harry Potter) as well as Gordale Scar? From Janet's Foss, continue on the footpath straight ahead and this will take you to Gordale Scar. Alternatively, take a left turn past the food truck which will take you towards Malham Cove.


FAQs/Things to know before visiting Janet's Foss


1) Where is Janet’s Foss located?

Janet’s Foss is located in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, near the village of Malham in North Yorkshire, England.


2) What makes Janet’s Foss a hidden gem?

Janet’s Foss is considered a hidden gem due to its enchanting natural beauty, tranquil setting, and the picturesque cascade of water as it falls over a limestone cliff into a shallow pool below. Surrounded by lush woodland, the waterfall offers visitors a serene and magical experience.


3) How do I get to Janet’s Foss?

Visitors can access Janet’s Foss by foot from the village of Malham. There is a well-marked footpath leading from Malham to Janet’s Foss, which follows the course of Gordale Beck through the woodlands. The waterfall can be reached by following this footpath upstream.


4) Is there an entrance fee to visit Janet’s Foss?

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


5) What can I expect to see at Janet’s Foss?

At Janet’s Foss, visitors can admire the beauty of the cascading water as it flows over the limestone cliff into the pool below. The area is also rich in flora and fauna, providing opportunities for nature observation and photography.


6) Are guided tours available for Janet’s Foss?

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


7) Is Janet’s Foss suitable for families and children?

Janet’s Foss 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 Janet’s Foss?

Yes, dogs are allowed in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, including the area around Janet’s Foss, but owners must keep them on a lead and clean up after them to preserve the cleanliness and safety of the area.


9) Are there facilities or amenities near Janet’s Foss?

The village of Malham 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 Janet’s Foss?

Janet’s Foss can be visited all year-round, but the waterfall may be most impressive after heavy rainfall when the water flow is at its peak. Visitors may also enjoy exploring the surrounding woodlands during the spring and summer months when the landscape is lush and green.



Image of Janet's Foss Waterfall in England.
Photo taken by @scouseadventurer via Instagram.

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