GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Stainforth Force

1 miles (1.5 km)

Enjoy a short walk to Stainforth Force waterfall from the North Yorkshire village of Stainforth.
Start the walk from the main parking area in the village and head west, crossing the bridge over the river. Just to the south of the bridge you will find the pretty falls. Herethe River Ribble falls over a series oflimestoneledges into a deep, broad pool. In October you can see leaping Salmon on their annual migration up the River Ribble.
The falls are located very close to Catrigg Force which you can easily reach from the village. Just head east along the Stainforth Beck and you will soon reach the beauty spot which includes 2 main drops of about 20 feet and a series of smaller waterfalls.
You could also pick up the Settle Caves and Waterfalls Walk and visit Scaleber Force, a few miles to the south east of Stainforth. The Settle Riverside Walk will take you from neighbouring Settle to Stainforth along the Ribble Way. You can also visit the pretty village of Giggleswick can also be visited in this area.


BD24 9QD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Stainforth Force OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Stainforth Force Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Craven Heifer Hotel is a great choice for some post walk refreshments. They have three real fires indoors for colder days. Outside there's a covered beer garden with a flowing stream feeding into the River Ribble. It's a lovely spot to relax in on warmer days. You can find the pub in the village on the Main Road with a postcode of BD24 9PB for your sat navs. They are also very dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

In the village you can pick up the Ribble Way and follow the river path north to visit the neighbouring village of Horton in Ribblesdale. The village is often used as the start point for the Yorkshire Three Peaks which includes Whernside, Ingleborough Mountain and Pen y ghent. The latter is particularly close to the village and many climbs begin from Horton. Our walk from the village visits Stainforth before climbing to the nearby Winskill Stones Nature Reserve where there is some wonderful limestone pavement and fine views of the area. The stones are located just to the south east of Stainforth and another good option for walkers.
Head west of Stainforth and you could pay a visit to Feizor. It's a lovely hidden gem of a place with fine limestone scenery and a delightful local tea room with a falconry. The circular Feizor Walk starts from the hamlet and visits Austwick before heading to the falls.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Yorkshire Dales Walks page.


Stainforth Force - - 1182888

Stainforth Force. An ideal place to sit and watch the salmon leaping the falls

Stainforth Force, upper fall - - 1452114

Upper fall. With the old bridge in the background.

Ribble Way approaching Stainforth Packhorse Bridge - - 1357601

Knight Stainforth Bridge, a 17th- or 18th-century packhorse bridge over the River Ribble between Stainforth and Little Stainforth

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Stainforth Force

The River Ribble above Stainforth Force - - 3575425

The River Ribble above Stainforth Force

Stainforth Bridge - - 2516370

Stainforth Bridge in the village.

St.Peter's Church, Stainforth - - 1721324

St.Peter's Church in the village.

Stainforth Village Car Park and Toilet Block - - 451383

Stainforth Village Car Park and Toilet Block. You can start the walk from here.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Stainforth Force.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)