Thornton Force in Full Flow After Heavy Rain

Yorkshire Waterfalls 9 – Thornton Force

No series on Yorkshire Waterfalls would be complete without Thornton Force, the largest of the waterfalls on the famous Ingleton Waterfalls Trail in the Yorkshire Dales.  Here the River Twiss plunges fourteen metres over a limestone cliff making a dramatic cascade worthy of a visit at any time of year.

Thornton Force, Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, Yorkshire Dales
Thornton Force, Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, Yorkshire Dales

As with all waterfall photography, a nice bright overcast day gives the softest light for capturing detail in the moving water. However, if it’s a sunny day it’s not necessarily a big problem as the waterfall is in a large limestone amphitheatre and is in the shade until around the middle of the day, so if you’re there early enough the open shade with reflected light from the surrounding rocks works very well too.

A walker getting a closer look at Thornton Force
A walker getting a closer look at Thornton Force

The falls are generally photographed face on – either as a close up portrait, or set in its surroundings, but a slightly different angle is available if you clamber a short way around the rocks (though I wasn’t brave enough to get as close as the walker in the image above!).

The start of the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is easy to find on the edge of Ingleton village.  The trail is on private land so there’s a charge (adults £7 at the time of writing) which includes parking (or catch a bus from Settle if you’re visiting by train).  The walk is just over 4 miles – though you can extend it with a climb up onto Twisleton Scar just after Thornton Force if you fancy a longer all-day walk.

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