Whitfield Gill Force

Whitfield Gill Force

To the north of Mill Gill Force is an equally spectacular, though harder to reach, waterfall called Whitfield Gill Force.

Whitfield Gill Force can be visited on a miniature waterfall walk that also includes Mill Gill Force and a fine unnamed waterfall between the two. To get to the waterfall continue on the path above the gill from Mill Gill Force to reach a bridge above a smaller waterfall.

The nice little waterfall near the footbridge in Whitfield Gill
The nice little waterfall near the footbridge in Whitfield Gill

Here matters get a little bit more awkward. A path signposted ‘Whitfield Gill Force Only’ carries on until a fork is reached. The clearer path climbs up above the stream before coming to a precipitous end high above the waterfall which can only just be seen through the trees.

The partial view from the end of the path high above Whitfield Gill Force
The partial view from the end of the path high above Whitfield Gill Force

It is in fact the lower path, indicated by a tiny ‘Falls’ sign attached to a tree that you need to take which drops back down to the stream. Even then, in wet and slippery conditions, it is not particularly easy to get close up to the waterfall with fallen trees and moss covered rocks adding further to the difficulties. The main photo at the top of this page was about as close as I managed on my first visit. Fortunately I got right up to the falls on my second visit but it was still awkward.

I got a much better view of the waterfall on my second visit
I got a much better view of the waterfall on my second visit

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