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- Beautiful waterfall at Catrigg Force
- Lovely copse above Stainforth
- Thwaites at the Craven Heifer
Catrigg Force is a lovely waterfall that is hidden away in a deep gorge above the village of Stainforth. The waterfall is set back in the trees but opens out beautifully as you enter the gorge. There are 2 main drops of 20 plus foot separated by a 60 foot copse; apparently the famous composer Elgar’s favourite spot. The falls do require a little effort to reach but the track is excellent. Do not return direct to Stainforth but follow the route through the remote farms of Winskill (friendly) and down through a lovely copse of woodland which sits on Stainforth limestone scar.
Stainforth itself is an attractive small village, most famous for an excellent country inn, stepping stones over the beck and a rich history based around the monks of Sawley Abbey. The views above the Force are excellent with Pen y Ghent and Ingleborough clearly profiled but also on the descent where Ribblesdale is spread out for miles in each direction.
Recommend. A few hundred yards down stream are more spectacular falls where Catrigg Beck meets the Ribble (Stainforth Force).
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|OS Map:||O/S 1/25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West Buy Map|
|Start Point:||SD 821672. Parking is available anywhere in the village but be sensitive to the residents.|
|Height to Climb:||140 ms (459 feet)|
|Terrain:||A bridleway (Goat Lane) leaves from the stepping stones up to the Force and the track is clear and well sign posted beyond.|
|Eating & Drinking:||The Craven Heifer is situated on the packhorse bridge over the beck and serves pub grub and a nice pint.|
|Similar Walks Nearby:||Limestone Walking above Feizor
Eight Stiles walk above Long Preston
Ingleborough Cave from Clapham
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