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Catrigg Force, Stainforth, Ribblesdale, Yorkshire Dales

Location/Access: Follow bridleway from Stainforth towards Upper Winskill for approx 1 mile. Signposted from bridleway. Steep climb on bridleway, slippery rocks towards edge of Stainforth Beck.

Grid Ref: SD 831 670

Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer Map Sheet OL2

Source: Stainforth Beck

Height: Approximately 20 feet


Visiting Catrigg Force takes a fair bit of effort. It is hidden from view in a secluded piece of woodland high up above Stainforth. Access to the falls is via a bridleway from the village which features a steep climb. As you get closer you can hear the ferocity of the water. It is indeed difficult and dangerous to get close to the fall, rocks are very slippery and the water fast flowing. Water from Catrigg Beck enters a narrow gap in the limestone rocks and plunges around 20 feet down two levels into a pool below. A further 20 metres away is a second waterfall which is somewhat harder to view as the beck drops considerably further. The water in Stainforth Beck eventually reaches the village below and flows into the River Ribble, one of the Yorkshire Dales' larger rivers.