Stainforth Force

Yorkshire Dales

Route: Stainforth Force and Catrigg Force 

Area: Yorkshire Dales

Date of walk: 28th August 2015

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 4.5 miles

Weather: Much cloud, some sun and some rain

Today’s target was Pen-y-ghent, one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, but when I arrived at the start point it started to pour with rain and I had to resort to Plan B. Exactly the same thing had happened almost 2 years ago and as a result we’d again had to change our plan but instead were privileged to witness salmon leaping up the waterfall at Stainforth Force – click here for the link to that walk, which includes a short video of this amazing sight

In view of the poor conditions I decided to revisit nearby Stainforth for another low level walk. I parked in the village car park and crossed the stepping stones over Stainforth Beck. I was soon walking through typical limestone countryside and after a short walk uphill I made a brief diversion to visit Catrigg Force

I then resumed the route, following the Pennine Bridleway past Upper and Lower Winskill and then back into Stainforth along a slippery track through woodland below Stainforth Scar

Having returned to the start, there was still time to revisit nearby Stainforth Force. It was too early in the year for leaping salmon, but the falls are spectacular at any time of year and it was a worthwhile short diversion

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