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My favourite walks with waterfalls in north Yorkshire

By Natalie Johnson – 28th Februry 2021

We are all itching for days out again! I honestly cannot wait to head out for the day with my family, the dogs included. I absolutely love a good Waterfall visit and we have some breathtaking walks with waterfalls in north Yorkshire – right on my doorstep infact.

Here’s 3 walks with waterfalls in north Yorkshire that will have you packing your towel, as well as your picnic!

3 Walks with waterfalls in north Yorkshire


Cauldron Falls – West Burton, Yorkshire Dales

A little hidden gem tucked away in the pretty village of West Burton in the Yorkshire Dales. Cauldron Falls is the perfect place to stroll around and take pictures. It’s such a tranquil place and the paths around the falls are quite flat so easily accessible for families with younger children to be able to explore.

I’d definitely recommend visiting here after a good pour-down, that’s when they look particularly spectacular. There is only a small car park here, just enough for 6 cars. So you can imagine it can be a bit tight during busy periods but it’s certainly well worth a visit if you plan ahead.

After spending a good few hours here, we usually move on to Aysgarth Falls – probably the most famous of walks with waterfalls in north Yorkshire. It’s less than 2 miles away and is a brilliant way to end your day of waterfall exploring. (See my dog-friendly walks to find out more about Aysgarth Falls).

Falling Foss WaterFall – Midge Hall, Whitby

In the heart of Sneaton Forest, you’ll find the stunning 30-foot waterfall, which is Falling Foss. Whether you choose to just paddle at the top or make your way down to the bottom, it’s an idyllic spot to visit.

There are plenty of spaces in the 2 free car parks and a beautiful little place you can stop for something to eat called The Falling Foss Tea Garden (the hot sandwiches are really good). The Tea Garden can also advise you on the suitable route to take, although none of the paths are wheelchair or pushchair-friendly. I must say, it certainly a bit of a hiking adventure for older children and grown-ups alike.

One of the routes down is particularly steep, so if you’re a bit nervous or have small children, I wouldn’t recommend going that way.

On the longest and probably the most child-friendly route, you should hopefully come across Hermitage Cave. An enormous boulder, with an entrance, carved out of it. It dates back to the 18th Century and apparently the home of a Hermit. It is definitely worth an explore!


Janet’s Foss – Malham, Skipton

A small but perfectly formed picturesque waterfall and pool set in the heart of pretty woodland just along the footpath from Malham Village. It has been used as a natural sheep dip for local farmers for years. Great for walkers and families alike and really dog friendly, it is the epitome of the ideal summer day out. Open all year round and with an accessible car park, it’s really easy to get to.

It’s such a stunning walk to the waterfall, amongst the trees and wildflowers. You might even stumble across a few lucky penny tree stumps that have developed over the years, don’t forget to make a wish!

It’s so magical, and I always feel like I’m in an Enid Blyton story. If you love a paddle or even a swim, then Janet’s Foss is the place to visit! I will be bringing my swimsuit next time.




Nat x

Natalie Johnson NorthYorks
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