Stainforth Force

Stainforth

Yorkshire Dales

Route: Stainforth

Area: Yorkshire Dales

Date of walk: 4th October 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.2 miles

Ascent: 800 feet

Weather: White skies, very hazy, some sun at the end

We parked in the village car park in Stainforth and walked down to nearby Stainforth Force (or Foss as it’s known to the locals). The waterfalls are a good place to see wild salmon leaping as they make their epic journey upstream to their spawning grounds. We’d arrived at the right time of year but were out of luck today. There’s no guarantee of a sighting, but recent rainfall helps and it had been dry for the last few days

Never mind, the walk along the banks of the River Ribble was a delight and we followed the riverside path as far as Langcliffe, where we crossed the footbridge beyond the weir and started out on the return leg

We climbed uphill above Stainforth Scar onto typical Dales limestone country, beautiful despite the uninspiring weather. After walking past Lower and Upper Winskill we descended back into Stainforth, making a short diversion to see Catrigg Force

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