Yorkshire Photo Explorer

Cotter Force

Cotter Force

Cotter Force is a secluded waterfall near the village of Apperset in the Yorkshire Dales. The falls have two main tiers and there are numerous rocks you can use as foreground. The falls are easily accessible down a well maintained path. If you want to get straight on to the fall, as in the photo above, I recommend wellies, but you can pick your way across the stones.

Cotter Force

The water level was quite low on my visit. This made it easy to get across the beck, but was not so good for the full effect of the falls. I had bought a new circular polarising filter and had actually remembered to bring it with me on this visit. It does cut out a lot of the reflections in the water and you can see more of the stones on the river bed. I must remember to take this on my next waterfalls visit!

Cotter Force

I tried taking various shots from each side of the beck with different stones in the foreground. It was a bit windy, so I was unable to get a good shot of the falls with some of the wildflowers in the foreground. On a still day I think this would make a good shot.

Cotter Force

In summary, Cotter Force is an attractive waterfall and good for some long exposure or waterfall photography.

Practicalities
Approximate post code (for sat nav) DL8 3LP
Parking You can park in the layby next to the footpath to the falls, on the A684. There are a couple of other laybys nearby, so you should be able to find a parking space. This is the main layby and the path to Cotter Force:
Directions From the layby, follow the footpath (signposted Cotter Force). The waterfall is a short walk away (c.5 minutes)

This is the location of Cotter Force:

Notes for next time
  • Come when there‚Äôs been more rain
  • Try some detail shots with a zoom lens

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