GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Folly Dolly Falls

1 miles (1.6 km)

This walk visits the pretty Folly Dolly Falls in Meltham in Yorkshire. You can reach the falls by picking up the Meltham Greenway on the eastern side of the town, parking at the Morrisons supermarket nearby. Follow the woodland trail east for just over half a mile and you will come to the waterfall on your left, through a gap in the fence.
You can then follow some steps down to the falls. The falls are a bit of a local hidden gem and thought to take their name from a lady who lived in a nearby ruined cottage. The cascade is particularly impressive after heavy rainfall.


HD9 5QS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Folly Dolly Falls OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Folly Dolly Falls Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


In Meltham there's the Travellers Rest for some post walk refreshment. The pub has a friendly atmosphere and is a popular place for walkers. They have a lovely large garden area where you can enjoy great views with your meal. You can find them on Slaithwaite Rd with a postcode of HD9 5NH for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woodland trails on the greenway make for a pleasant dog walk. The Travellers Rest mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking in the area pick up the circular Meltham Walk and pay a visit to Deer Hill Reservoir and Butterley Reservoir.
For more walking ideas in the area see the South Pennines Walks and Peak District Walks pages.


Fault at Folly Dolly Falls, Meltham - - 1120097

Fault at Folly Dolly Falls, Meltham. The line of the fault runs down the rock face to the left of the waterfall. The face of the waterfall is a massive sandstone exposure of the Upper Carboniferous Huddersfield White Rock with cross bedding. To the left of the fault soft shales can be seen dipping steeply.

Folly Dolly Falls , Meltham - - 1120062

The waterfall is marked on the 1:25,000 OS sheet. The story is that a woman called Dolly, who lived in one of the cottages above the waterfall, got into financial difficulties, but the ending of her sad story is not known.

Former tractor test track - Meltham - - 1356532

Former tractor test track Meltham Greenway. This was a test track for the David Brown Tractor factory, which was approached by a straight driveway along the disused railway line.

Meltham Greenway at Mean Lane bridge

Meltham Greenway at Mean Lane bridge

Ruined Folly Dolly Cottage - - 1120114

Ruined Folly Dolly Cottage. There is not much left of this building, but the outlines of the walls can still be seen. The local people believe this to be the cottage where Folly Dolly (who gave her name to the nearby waterfall) lived.

Site of Missing Footbridge, Meltham Greenway - - 1121872

Site of Missing Footbridge, Meltham Greenway


GPS Files

GPX File

Folly Dolly Falls.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Folly Dolly Falls.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)