A short but feature filled walk from Stainforth visiting the superb waterfall of Catrigg Force and returning via the spectacular remains of the Hoffmann Kiln.
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Outside of walking one of my hobbies is music. A few years ago I joined a local ukulele group at Advanced Music School, where I’ve also taken lessons in the mandolin.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the ukulele group haven’t been able to play together since March 2020. A few of us have kept in touch via Zoom and after talking about it for a while finally organised a day to meet up for a walk.
"While it would be impossible to pick my absolute favourite waterfall in the Dales, Catrigg Force would certainly be in my top five."
Given the responsibility of choosing a walk I picked this one, a variation on a few walks I’ve done over the last few years. I was looking for something that was fairly short but had some good views and plenty of interest and this ticked all those boxes. Starting at the public car park in Stainforth we walked into the village crossing over Stainforth Beck at the bridge. Immediately on the other side we took a short beck-side path upstream. The path soon emerged on to a street, urning left we reached the foot of Goat Scar Lane.
The initial climb out of the village on Goat Scar Lane is rather steep. There was however the reward of increasingly good views looking back across the village towards Smearsett Scar. As we gained height Ingleborough and then Pen-y-Ghent also came into view.
At the top of the lane we took the path leading down into the woods to visit Catrigg Force. While it would be impossible to pick my absolute favourite waterfall in the Dales, Catrigg Force would certainly be in my top five. It is located in a wonderfully atmospheric setting and is worth a careful clamber over some of the slippery rocks to get closer too. My two ukulele friend certainly liked it.
After taking a number of photos we walked back up to the head of Goat Scar Lane. Then, passing through a gate, we followed a track leading south and then south-west across pastures towards the farm at High Winskill. Continuing south-west on an enclosed lane heading towards Lower Winskill we took a stile on the left to cross some lovely flower-filled meadows with views ahead of Warrendale Knotts.
The path descended to cross fields to eventually become enclosed. Before reaching Langcliffe we took a path on the right heading back up dale with good views ahead of Stainforth Scar. We soon came to an access road which we crossed to continue on a path alongside the railway line, this in turn led us to the Hoffmann Kiln.
Built in 1873 the Hoffmann Kiln is a huge industrial scale lime kiln that was part of the Craven Lime Works. This amazing piece of industrial architecture is surprisingly not even marked on the map. Having walked a full circuit inside the kiln (probably about 100m in length) we continued on into the woods passing the Triple Draw Kilns. A short distance later we took a stile on the left to cross a couple of fields and emerge on to the road to Stainforth. Turning right it was then a short walk back to the car.
This walk was done under the threat of some heavy showers and one in particular had looked threatening from Higher Winskill. We were very lucky therefore to make it to the car without getting wet. Indeed we timed it perfectly as, within minutes of leaving Stainforth in the car, the heavens opened. Even more satisfying was that my two friends thoroughly enjoyed the walk and were suitably impressed by both Catrigg Force and the Hoffmann Kiln.