Scaleber Force near Settle, Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Waterfalls 2 – Scaleber Force

The second waterfall in our Yorkshire Waterfalls series is the delightful Scaleber Force, tucked away on the back road from Settle over to Malhamdale in the Yorkshire Dales.

Mossy rocks at Scaleber Force
Mossy rocks at Scaleber Force

It’s worth a visit at any time of the year, preferably on a bright overcast day to get some nice diffused light of the falls.  The falls are situated in a small woodland area next to the road – there’s a path through the woods and a pretty steep climb down to the top falls, with slightly easier access to the lower part of the falls further down the path.  There’s a nice splash pool at the main top fall where you can photograph this on its own.

Detail of Scaleber Force
Detail of Scaleber Force

Scaleber Beck tumbles over further lower falls which make a nice lead-in to the main falls (see featured image, top) – but there are many different ways to approach this subject including more abstract images of a selected part of the falls.

Lower falls at Scaleber Force
Lower falls at Scaleber Force

From below the lowest part of the falls (the easiest to get to) the view up to the main waterfall is a bit obscured (above) so this can be a good spot for picking out little detail images…

Waterfall in Scaleber Beck below Scaleber Force
Waterfall in Scaleber Beck below Scaleber Force

There is parking on High Hill Lane near the bridge over the beck and from here it’s just a short walk to the falls.  Take care on the steep bank though – it can be very slippery, especially when it’s wet!

If you’d like to join us for some waterfall photography, then check out our Aysgarth Workshop!  There are also great waterfalls on our Stainforth and Malham workshops.

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