This is a Yorkshire waterfall with a difference – because it’s not always there! But when there’s been heavy rain and Hull Pot Waterfall is in full flow it’s definitely worth a visit!
Hull Pot is an easy walk from Horton in Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales (so it’s a good one to do by train with the Settle to Carlisle Line station at Horton). Just head out of the village on the start of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk but take the left turn to Horton Scar (rather than the right turn which is the Three Peaks route via the summit of Pen-y-Ghent – unless you fancy climbing a big hill and doing Hull Pot on the way down!). The path past Horton Scar eventually comes to a junction where the Pennine Way turns right towards Pen-y-Ghent – here you just head straight on for a short way to reach the pot.
You’ll need to go after it’s been raining hard for a while to have a good chance of seeing the full waterfall. When Hull Pot Beck isn’t in spate most of the water disappears down through the limestone so there’s no waterfall over the lip of the pot – but there’s usually still a small waterfall coming out near the base of the limestone cliff. As always with waterfalls, a nice overcast day will give the best light for capturing it – and you’ll need to carry your tripod with you to manage the resulting long exposures.
You can wander all the way around the pot to get various angles on the waterfall – and it’s a great foreground for a study of Pen-y-Ghent in the distance too – so if you make the trip and the waterfall isn’t flowing then there’s still a great image to be had! If that’s the case it’s also worth a stroll further up the beck as there are some smaller waterfalls upstream which make nice detail studies as you can see in our previous Hull Pot post from a few years back.
If you’d like to join us for some more predictable waterfall photography, then our first workshop of 2020 will be at Aysgarth in March!