Rutter Force is a particularly lovely waterfall situated next to an old mill on Hoff Beck just a few miles from Appleby-in-Westmorland. Thanks to the extension of the national park in August 2016 Rutter Force is now part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Rutter Force is well signposted from the Appleby to Orton road and can be easily visited by motorists as well as walkers. There is room to park a couple of cars at the bottom of the lane on the north side of the beck. Driving across the ford looked a fairly risky venture to me. For walkers there is a lovely 7.5 mile walk from Appleby that includes long stretches of the River Eden and Hoff Beck.
In Paul Hannon’s ‘Eden Valley’ walking guide the bank opposite the mill looked to be grass but it is now completely overgrown so the best place to view the waterfall is the footbridge. The lawn alongside the mill is private but I was lucky enough to be allowed on it to take some photos.
The combination of waterfall, riverbank, woods and the old mill (complete with restored waterwheel) make Rutter Force a truly idyllic spot. It is one that I fully intend to return to one autumn where the scene will be even more colorful.