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The 5 Best Waterfalls Of The Yorkshire Dales

By Josh Harrison | |

The Yorkshire Dales National Park

The stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park has an amazing array of waterfalls. A lot I haven't even managed to visit yet but whenever I'm in the Dales I try to visit a few whether they are new places or some of my old favourites. Nearly all my waterfall photos are long exposure images using a tripod and Lee Filters big stopper or little stopper to give that nice blurred affect on the flowing water. Below is more information on what I think are 5 of the best waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales.

Pecca Falls Waterfall

Ingleton Waterfall Trail

Pecca Falls is one of the first waterfalls on the Ingleton Waterfall Trail. It has a great viewing platform which lines up perfectly with this multi tier waterfall and there is space to set up your tripod if it's not too busy. As with most waterfalls it looks most impressive after recent rain. However this sheltered bit of the trail can be full of mosquitos so don't forget the repellent. View On Google Maps.

Beezley Falls Waterfall

Ingleton Waterfall Trail

While they are not the biggest waterfalls, Beezley Falls are my favourite falls on the trail with an almost prehistoric look. The viewing area for these falls is a bit smaller and it's a bit more awkward to line up the falls in the background, but they are usually much quieter and you get chance to just sit and enjoy nature for a while. View On Google Maps.

Thornton Force Waterfall

Ingleton Waterfall Trail

The largest and most impressive waterfall on the trail is Thornton Force Waterfall which drops 14 metres over the limestone cliff. There are plenty of vantage points to take photos from and you can walk right down to the river. This one of the busiest area's of the trail if you are there during a holiday or weekend. View On Google Maps.

Aysgarth Waterfalls

Aysgarth Falls

Probably the most famous waterfalls of the Yorkshire Dales, Aysgarth Falls have three distinct sets of waterfalls and there are numerous viewing points and plenty of places you can easily access the river. Starting with the Upper falls which are visible from the road, there are multiple tiers and like most falls they look most impressive after recent rain. It's easy to spend a few hours here but they can get very busy especially in Summer. Aysgarth's Middle Falls consist of a single waterfall and are only accessible via some steps to a small viewing platform. These falls are very photogenic but the viewing area can get very busy at peak times. Aysgarth's Lower Falls feature long cascading waterfalls with multiple tiers and can be viewed from the top or you can walk further along to access the riverside and get a great view looking back up the falls. There are numerous small rock pools eroded by the river and while this area can get quite busy, it's usually quieter than the Upper Falls. View On Google Maps.

Cauldron Falls Waterfall

West Burton

A short drive from Aysgarth are the Cauldron Falls at West Burton. This beautiful waterfall is worth visiting any time of year. You can photograph it from so many different angles or walk around to the waterfall itself. The small footbridge over the river gives a great angle looking upstream towards the falls, but the village is only small so on busy days it’s usually difficult to find somewhere to park. Weekdays, early mornings or evenings are usually the best time to visit. View On Google Maps.

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