Gastack Beck Falls

Gastack Beck Falls

Gastack Beck Falls are a series of varied and impressive waterfalls on Gastack Beck, high above Deepdale in the north-west Yorkshire Dales.

The waterfalls are situated either side of the road that drops down into Deepdale from the dale head. Fortunately there is space to park a car or two right alongside the upper waterfall. This, the most easily accessible of the waterfalls, is also the most impressive (see main page image).

The small waterfall at the end of a steep gorge-like section
The small waterfall at the end of a steep gorge-like section

There are at least six waterfalls that can be seen with care. There is also at least one directly below the road which is difficult to see. Most of the waterfalls are a short detour from the footpath leading down to Broken Gill Bridge.

The waterfall flowing either side of a large boulder
The waterfall flowing either side of a large boulder

One of the things I enjoyed most about the Gastack Beck Falls was the variety of shapes and sizes of the waterfalls. One of the smaller falls is located at the end of a particularly steep and narrow gorge. Another flows down and round a large fallen boulder.

The beautfiul lower waterfall on Gastack Beck
The beautfiul lower waterfall on Gastack Beck

Along with the upper waterfall my favourite is probably the lower fall, or the first if walking up towards the road from the valley below. This needs a small scramble down over rocks to reach and is a truly lovely spot.

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