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Stainforth Force | Hidden Waterfall in Yorkshire, England

Updated: Jan 2

Stainforth Force is a beautiful waterfall which offers a few jumping/diving spots. The water is very very cold, so for those who can be sensitive to the cold waters, we definitely recommend a body suit. There are some sudden drops into the fast flowing waterfalls so keep an eye on your children if you bring them here.

Image of Stainforth Force in England.
Photo taken by @wildanglephotosuk via Instagram.

It's a fantastic waterfall which you need to visit, especially after very heavy rain. However, it's worth noting that Stainforth Force isn't the easiest to get too due to it being slippery and muddy. That shouldn't put you off though (I mean have you seen the photos?!).

I always enjoy visiting these waterfalls and usually make a trip each October hoping to see the Salmon leap. It's a beautiful part of the world and if you have the time and energy (and stout boots) walk there along the river from Settle. – Google Review

Stainforth Force is a great place to visit on a hot day as you're surrounded by a load of plunge pools around the river! However, if you're more into your fish than Vitamin D, you can visit in Autumn to see the captivating sights of Salmon jumping up the falls to their spawning grounds at the head of the river.

Things to know before visiting Stainforth Force

  • Visitors can enjoy wild swimming when they visit Stainforth Force.

  • Unfortunately you are unable to wild camp at this hidden gem.

  • There is a carpark nearby which is pay and display.

  • Stainforth Force is dog friendly.

Image of Stainforth Force in England.
Photo taken by @chrispm91 via Instagram.

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