Yorkshire Photo Explorer

Catrigg Force

Catrigg Force

Catrigg Force is an impressive waterfall in a gorge near the village of Stainforth in the Yorkshire Dales. Plunging 6 metres into the pool below, it makes for a secluded and peaceful spot (I didn’t see anyone else on my visit). It is said the composer Edward Elgar enjoyed this location and it is easy to see why¹.

When you get to the bottom of the footpath, you are greeted with a small fall and the larger fall in the background, framed by the gorge and fallen trees. You can get some good wide-angle shots from the river bank.

Catrigg Force

I recommend bringing wellies with you, so you can cross the stream and get closer to the main falls. You can then appreciate the rock formations as well as the falls themselves.

Catrigg Force

The rocks make for good foregrounds and I tried out a few different compositions.

Catrigg Force

When I visit a waterfall now, I try to remember to put a zoom lens on and see what different shots I can get. I tried one focussing on the base of the falls which I think worked reasonably well.

Catrigg Force

A visit to Catrigg Force can be easily combined with other photography locations in the area for a fun day trip. See my entries on Stainforth Force (go in October for the leaping salmon), Craven Lime Works and Winskill Stones for some ideas.

Here are some more photos of Catrigg Force:

Approximate post code (for sat nav) BD24 9QD
Parking There is a Yorkshire Dales National Park car park in Stainforth village. Parking charges apply. See the National Park website for current charges.
Directions From the car park, walk into the village and follow the road round to the right and over the bridge. Turn left opposite the pub (signposted ‘PBW’ with a small green sign with an acorn). Turn left again. At the village green, turn right and head up the steep track (signposted ‘Pennine Bridleway, Catrigg Foss’):

Path to Catrigg Force

When you reach the gate, turn left at the sign that says ‘Catrigg Foss only’.

Catrigg Force signpost

Follow the track down the hill. There is a gate on the left that takes you to the base of the falls. This part can be very muddy after rain.

This is the location of Catrigg Force:

And the location of the car park in Stainforth:

Notes for next time
  • Bring my variable polarising filter to cut out the reflections in the water
  • Come on a non-rainy day (to avoid water drops on the lens!)

¹ Yorkshire Dales National Park, Catrigg Force, http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/visit-the-dales/discover-the-dales/wonderful-waterfalls/catrigg-force [accessed 09 April 2018]

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