Explore Catrigg Force

  • 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
Places to Stay:


Ingle Byre Cottage, Stainforth