14 stunning waterfall walks within a two hours’ drive of Hull

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There is nothing like a good waterfall to enhance a riverside walk.

Alas, East Yorkshire has very few dramatic waterfalls but head a little further out into the rest of Yorkshire and you can find some incredible sites.

The Yorkshire Dales has a fantastic array of picturesque and dramatic waterfalls which are just a couple of hours’ drive away.

Below are some of the best waterfalls to visit in Yorkshire.

Hull Pot



Hull Pot is a collapsed cavern on the western side of Pen-y-near close to Settle
Hull Pot is a collapsed cavern on the western side of Pen-y-near close to Settle

Unfortunately, despite the name, this beauty spot in not in our fair city.

It’s a large collapsed cavern located on the western side of Pen-y-near Settle in the Yorkshire Dales The cavern is not fed by a constant water source but, during heavy rainfall, the water flows over the edge and falls 60ft creating a dramatic temporary waterfall.

Aysgarth Falls



The Aysgarth Falls stretch a full mile along the River Ure in Yorkshire
The Aysgarth Falls stretch a full mile along the River Ure in Yorkshire

These falls are stretch a full mile along the River Ure with three drops in total.

There are plenty of good paths along the river for walking in the woods and it also has a visitor centre close by.

 

Hardraw Force



Hardraw Force lies near Hawes in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales
Hardraw Force lies near Hawes in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales

Hardraw Force lies less than a mile away from Hawes in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. At 100ft, it is said to be the longest single drop waterfall in England.

Curiously, accessing Hardraw Force is through the Green Dragon Inn as the beauty spot is located within the grounds of the historic pub.

 

Janet’s Foss



Janet's Foss is close to the village of Malham in the Yorkshire Dales
Janet’s Foss is close to the village of Malham in the Yorkshire Dales

This small waterfall close to the village of Malham in the Yorkshire Dales is more idyllic than dramatic.

According to legend it’s named after Janet, the Queen of the Fairies, who was said to live in a cave behind the fall.

 

Folly Dolly Falls



Folly Dolly Falls just outside Holmfirth in West Yorkshir
Folly Dolly Falls just outside Holmfirth in West Yorkshire

These amazing tiered falls just outside Holmfirth in West Yorkshire are thought to be named after a woman that lived nearby and lost all her money.

The site has been popular since the Victorian era when day-trippers would hop off the Meltham railway line clutching a picnic.

The line no longer in use but you can still follow the trail from Meltham itself. It is best to visit after heavy rainfall.

Thornton Force



Thornton Force is part of the five-mile Ingleton Waterfalls Trail right on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales
Thornton Force is part of the five-mile Ingleton Waterfalls Trail right on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales

This spot is the widely regarded as the highlight of the five-mile Ingleton Waterfalls Trail right on the edge of the Dales, close to the Lancashire border.

The circular route is dotted with many varying falls but the 50ft Thornton Force dwarfs the rest.

 

Cauldron Falls



Cauldron Falls just outside the Wensleydale village of West Burton
Cauldron Falls just outside the Wensleydale village of West Burton

Even famous artist JMW Turner stopped to sketch Cauldron Falls during his travels around Yorkshire. They are located just outside the Wensleydale village of West Burton, next to Waldon Beck.

 

Goit Stock Falls



Goit Stock Falls outside the West Yorkshire village of Cullingworth
Goit Stock Falls outside the West Yorkshire village of Cullingworth

These falls can be found just outside the West Yorkshire village of Cullingworth not far from Bradford.

Goit Stock is a two-step fall over Harden Beck that joins the River Aire at Bingley. Alongside the falls, the surrounding woodland provides good walking.

Sprotbrough Falls



Sprotbrough Falls found weir on the River Don just outside Doncaster
Sprotbrough Falls found weir on the River Don just outside Doncaster

Technically a weir rather than a waterfall, this picturesque spot can be found weir on the River Don just outside Doncaster.

In the 18th century a number of weirs were built along the river for industry or to regulate water levels for boats.

 

East Gill Force



One of the four Keld waterfalls, East Gill can be found near Richmond in North Yorkshire
One of the four Keld waterfalls, East Gill can be found near Richmond in North Yorkshire

One of the four Keld waterfalls, East Gill can be found near Richmond in North Yorkshire.

Being close to the road it easy to get to. The waterfall itself is split into two sections – the 15-foot upper cascade and the stepped 10-foot falls underneath.

The higher section has been worn into large stone outcrops which can be climbed for a better view with a little care.

Scaleber Force



Scaleber Force waterfall just outside Settle in Yorkshire
Scaleber Force waterfall just outside Settle in Yorkshire

This waterfall just outside Settle has plenty of steps as the water ambles down the waterway which provides the perfect photo opportunity.

 

Cautley Spout



Cautley Spout is located in the Howgill Fells in the Yorkshire Dales
Cautley Spout is located in the Howgill Fells in the Yorkshire Dales

If you want to head even further, it is worth a trip to Cautley Spout which is on of the UK’s highest overground cascades, falling around 200 metres from a plateau called The Calf.

The fall is located in the Howgill Fells which means it is in technically Cumbria but remains part of the Yorkshire Dales.

 

Catrigg Force and Stainforth Force



Catrigg Force which lies just west of Stainforth in the Yorkshire Dales
Catrigg Force which lies just west of Stainforth in the Yorkshire Dales

The village of Stainforth in the Yorkshire Dales has Stainforth Force to the east where you can see the River Ribble pour over a series of cascades. During the salmon run, you can catch the spectacular site of these fish leaping.

Catrigg Force, lies just west of Stainforth and is hidden in a secluded wood with a drop of around 20 feet.

 

Lumb Falls



Lumb Falls is a few miles north of Hebden Bridge in west Yorkshire
Lumb Falls is a few miles north of Hebden Bridge in west Yorkshire

Lumb Falls is a few miles north of Hebden Bridge in west Yorkshire, just outside the hamlet of Pecket Well.

These falls plummet into a semi-circular pool which attracts wild swimmers in the summer.

 

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