Upper Kisdon Force Swaledale

Yorkshire Waterfalls 11 – Kisdon Force

I mentioned in my last Yorkshire Waterfalls post on Wain Wath Force that there are lots of waterfalls to visit around Keld in Swaledale, so here’s one of the others!  Kisdon Force is situated on the River Swale just downstream from Keld though it’s a little more difficult to get to than Wain Wath Force, being down a steep path off the Pennine Way from Keld towards Muker on the south side of the river.

Having said that, it’s worth the effort of clambering down the bank – probably when it’s been dry weather and the path isn’t too slippy!  There are two separate steps to the waterfall – the Upper Force and Lower Force which work well photographed together or separately.  The featured image (top) is an abstract view of Upper Kisdon Force.

Wild Garlic by the River Swale at Kisdon Force, near Keld
Wild Garlic by the River Swale at Kisdon Force, near Keld

Late spring can be a great time to visit as there is a nice crop of wild garlic below the trees along the bank.  It’s quite a shady spot when the trees are in full leaf so it’s not as critical that you get a bright overcast day – diffused light being the best for waterfall photography – but a day with sunny intervals and light cloud cover can work too, as in the wild garlic shot above.

Reflections in the Swale near Kisdon Force
Reflections in the Swale near Kisdon Force

There are plenty of opportunities for abstract “peaty water” shots, but if the light is filtering through the foliage nicely then reflections off the ripples in the river between or below the falls can produce some great abstract images as well!

If you’d like to join us for some waterfall photography, we’ll be heading to Aysgarth in March!

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