Wain Wath Force in Swaledale

Yorkshire Waterfalls 10 – Wain Wath Force

Situated in Upper Swaledale near Keld, Wain Wath Force may not be the highest of waterfalls but it’s very attractive, sweeping across the River Swale in several separate drops cascading over craggy rocks.  It’s a very easy waterfall to get to by car, being right next to the B6270, so there’s no long walk involved.  It’s also one of many waterfalls around Keld, so this is a good place to visit of you like a bit of waterfall photography!

Lower Falls at Wain Wath Force, Swaledale
Lower Falls at Wain Wath Force, Swaledale

The most obvious viewpoint of the falls presents itself immediately as you walk through the gate from the road, across the wide splash pool in the River Swale.  However, if the river is low enough, it’s easy (and very worthwhile) to walk a short way down the rocky riverbed where there are numerous smaller cascades with views back up to the main falls.

Lower Falls at Wain Wath Force
Detail of the Lower Falls at Wain Wath Force

The rocks also provide a great platform for getting in close to some of the lower cascades, making it a good location for producing some more abstract moving water images.  As ever, a still overcast day is ideal for waterfall photography – if it’s sunny it’s probably best to look for details in the shade from the surrounding trees, though it’s difficult to avoid annoying highlights in the white water in these conditions (as in the close up image above!).

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