GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Kisdon Force

5 miles (8 km)

This walk visits the stunning Kisdon Force, East Gill and Catrake Force waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The walk begins in Keld and first heads to the nearby Catrake Force. It's a beautiful spot comprising of a series of 4 steps each with its own small waterfall. The largest single drop being about 20 feet (6.1m). You then head to East Gill Force - it has two main torrents: the upper falls have an impressive 4.5 metre drop whilst the lower section is a series of stepped cascades that fall three metres as East Gill enters the River Swale. The walk continues east to Kisdon Force waterfalls. These stunning falls drop 10 metres (33ft)over two cascades and are surrounded by Kisdon Force Woods with mixed broad-leavedwoodlandincluding ash,wych elmandrowantrees.
The walk then continues along the River Swale towards Muker, passing more pretty waterfalls along the way. You return on the eastern side of the river to Keld.
This is a lovely, fairly easy walk with river views, waterfalls, and woodland.
The Pennine Way walking trail runs past the falls so you could pick this up if you wanted to continue your walk. Also nearby is the fascinating Gunnerside Gill. Our Circular Walk in Swaledale visits the falls and Gunnerside Gill from the village of Gunnerside. There's also the Muker to Keld Walk, another circular route which visits the waterfalls and uses a section of the Pennine Way long distance trail.
The video below shows a similar route but this time starting from Muker. The walk below starts from Keld for more direct access to the falls.

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

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


In the little village of Muker you can visit The Farmers Arms for refreshments after your walk. This traditional Yorkshire Dales pub boasts a welcoming atmosphere and prides itself on its’ well-kept local ales and tasty homemade food. With an open fire and a stone-flagged floor; muddy boots and well behaved dogs are always welcome.You can find the pub in Muker at postcode DL11 6QG for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For a longer walk from the village try the Keld Circular Waterfalls Walk which additionally visits Wain Wath Force and follows an elevated section of the Pennine Way National Trail through the countryside to the south of the settlement.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Yorkshire Dales Walks page.


Kisdon Force on River Swale - - 613038

Kisdon Force on River Swale. Bottom of a series of waterfalls that make up Kisdon Force on the River Swale. The lower part of the falls shown here is difficult to access unless the water level is quite low.

Kisdon Force, Swaledale - - 1312442

Kisdon Force, Swaledale. A good flow of water over these two striking falls in Spring. Well coloured from its peaty origins. The people are a group of fungus hunters on a spring foray of the Yorkshire Naturalists' Union.

East Gill Force - - 2033883

East Gill Force

View north west from Birk Hill - - 3577900

View north west from Birk Hill. Shows the countryside near the falls.

Kisdon Force on River Swale - - 613040

Kisdon Force on River Swale

White Wallis Scar - - 2615595

White Wallis Scar. An example of the geology in the area near the falls.


GPS Files

GPX File

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

Memory Map Route

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