Hardraw Force in Wensleydale

Yorkshire Waterfalls 4 – Hardraw Force

This famous waterfall is somewhat unusual in that it’s tucked away behind a pub!  It’s set in Hardraw Scar, a limetone gorge situated behind the Green Dragon Inn in Hardraw, near Hawes in Wensleydale.

View along Hardraw Scar from behind Hardraw Force
View along Hardraw Scar from behind Hardraw Force

Comprising a single drop of 30m (100ft), which is claimed to be the largest unbroken waterfall in England, it can be a bit tricky to photograph, presenting as a rather narrow ribbon of water at the top of Hardraw Scar when photographed as a whole, but with a bit of imagination there are plenty of different angles to photograph it from – though I gather the access behind the falls is now prohibited.  Using a longer lens to pick out the top of the waterfall works quite well.

The full 30m drop of Hardraw Force
The full 30m drop of Hardraw Force

As always with waterfall photography, avoiding direct sunlight of the white water is a must to get decent exposures so a visit on a nice still overcast is ideal – don’t forget your tripod as this will result is some lengthy exposure times!

Access to the falls is via the bar of the Green Dragon Inn and there is a small entrance fee payable in the pub.

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