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.
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.