At the weekend I met a family from Nottingham who were on their first visit to the Dales. They said they’d been unlucky with the weather as it had rained much of the week. But the rain brings rewards in the Dales… if you know where to look, I pontificated like some boring old crone. With a map spread out in front of us I pointed out half a dozen waterfalls within an hour’s drive that would be mighty and dramatic following the week that we’d just had. The children got excited and the parents thanked me for the advice and headed for the car.

It took me several self-congratulatory minutes to realise that I should also be heading for those gems myself. Pretty little Cotter Force near Appersett on the Ure was the first call then on down river to Hardraw where the Force was certainly with me.… well worth the entrance fee. No time for Aysgarth so it was back into Ribblesdale for three of my local favourites. Stainforth by the packhorse bridge, then a trek up the track to Catrigg where the water tumbles noisily into a natural theatre. From there it was back in the car and through Settle up to Scaleber where the small stream makes a mighty big impact. All were in fine form, livening up a rather drab week.

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  1. Paul Booth

    Once again the editor of the Dalesman has excelled himself with a Dales photo which captures the essential magic of our superb national park. Perhaps the only thing that’s missing is a salmon leaping the falls on its way to it spawning grounds. I am assuming of course that salmon are actually to be found in the River Ure, or any of our Dales rivers for that matter.

  2. Jack Westcott

    Congratulations on the spledid Photo. A waterfall is always an attraction to the young (and young at heart) and as you stated, there is always a Silver Lining, if you are wise enough to realise it.
    Congratulations on your Editorship.


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