Cotter Force is one of the better known waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales and is found on Cotterdale Beck not far upstream from where it flows into the River Ure in upper Wensleydale. In 1816 it was one of the scenes sketched by the famous artist J.M.W. Turner for his Yorkshire Sketchbook, a copy of Turner’s drawing is replicated on an information board near the waterfall.
It can be easily visited via an easy quarter of a mile there and back walk from Holme Heads Bridge where a large layby handily provides plenty of space to park a car. Thanks to the well made track Cotter Force is also one of the more accessible waterfalls in the Dales as it is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Cotter Force is actually made up of six separate drops, each drop wider than the one above. Especially when the trees are in leaf only the lower section of the waterfall can be properly seen. The path stops a little way short of the waterfall and to get a much closer look it does require a careful clamber over some slippery rocks.