Catrigg Force

Catrigg Force

Without doubt Catrigg Force is one of the finest waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales and was apparently a favourite spot of the composer Edward Elgar. It is situated two-thirds of a mile to the east of Stainforth in Ribblesdale at the point where Catrigg Beck suddenly plunges into the wooded gorge of Stainforth Beck.

Catrigg Force can easily be reached from Stainforth by walking up Goat Scar Lane. At the top of the track, at a crossroads drop down to the left where, with care, the upper part of the waterfall can be seen. Nearby a stile gives access to a path dropping down into the woods before doubling back to the waterfall.

The upper part of Catrigg Force
The upper part of Catrigg Force

It is a truly magical spot. The waterfall consists of two large drops into a deep pool surrounded by a steep rock face. Although it can be well seen from the path it is definitely worth crossing the stream to get a closer look. Immediately downstream of the main waterfall there is another fine looking waterfall but this is difficult to get a good view of due to the steep drop next to it.

Catrigg Force as seen from the bottom of the path.
Catrigg Force as seen from the bottom of the path.

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