Cotter Force

Cotter Force

Cotter Force is an attractive waterfall on Cotterdale Beck in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales.  The falls consist of a series of six steps, each wider than the one above, which makes it an attractive subject, rather like the artificial waterfall steps found in many stately homes.

Location and Parking

Post Code: DL8 3LR


Cotter Force is about half a mile north of the main A684 road, about 2 miles west of the village of Hawes.  After passing through the hamlett of Appersett the road crosses two bridges.  About half a mile after the second bridge there are a couple of lay-bys on the right side of the road where the A684 crosses Cotterdale Beck.  Cotter Force is not in sight from the road, but  there is a signposted path to the falls, which are reached after a pleasant half mile walk beside the river. The best view of the falls is obtained by wading into the river to a point directly in front of the falls where numerous rocks can be used as a foreground.  Wellingtons are essential, and care is required when crossing slippery rocks.

Note that the Post Code above is for the farm about a half mile west of the layby.


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