Wain Wath Force is a fairly modest but popular waterfall located just over half a mile to the west of Keld in upper Swaledale. The name means Wagon Ford Waterfall so it is likely that there was once a ford situated close to the waterfall.
The popularity of Wain Wath Force is probably more to do with its handily placed location next to the road, there are certainly lots of more impressive waterfalls in the area. Many visitors park their cars on the side of the road near the gate that provides access to the riverbank and the waterfall.
While it may not be the best waterfall in upper Swaledale there is no doubt that Wain Wath Force is a scenic spot. Below the waterfall is a nice grassy bank to enjoy a picnic and when the sun is out and it is warm enough the deep pool below the waterfall tempts people into the river. This was the case on my first visit when my angle for photographs was limited somewhat by a group of teenage boys diving off the waterfall and into the water. It looked great fun.