GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Scaleber Force

2 miles (3 km)

Visit this beautiful waterfall on this short walk from the Yorkshire town of Settle. The waterfall is about a two mile walk from the town, following the Settle Loop along a series of country lanes and tracks. Although a short distance it is quite a challenging route with the waterfall situated in an elevated position above the town. It's a really beautiful spot with the water cascading down several levels to the deep pool below.
The walk starts from Settle near the train station and tourist information centre in the town. You then head south along Mitchell Lane, Lambert Lane and High Hill Lane to Scaleber Bridge. Here you will find a sign pointing you to Scaleber Foss along a public footpath. Climb over the wall and follow the path and you will soon come to the falls. Along the way there's some splendid Yorkshire Dales scenery to enjoy. If you prefer a shorter walk you can just park by the roadside on High Hill Lane and follow the little footpath to the waterfall.
To extend your walking in the area you could also visit the splendid Catrigg Force waterfall or enjoy a waterside walk along the Ribble Way. You could try our Settle Caves and Waterfalls Walk to reach Catrigg Force and also visit some of the mysterious caves in the area.


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

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

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


The Golden Lion in Settle is a good choice for some post walk refreshments. They do very good food and have a sun trap garden to relax in on warmer days. Inside there's a cosy, warming atmosphere and they also provide good quality accommodation if you need to stay over. You can find the 17th century inn on Duke Street at a postcode of BD24 9DU for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The area is great for dog walking and the Golden Lion mentioned above is also very dog friendly. They'll even provide towels for wet dogs by the door, and a bowl of water.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

On the opposite side of the River Ribble to Settle you'll find the nearby village of Giggleswick. Here you could pick up the circular Giggleswick Walk and enjoy a climb to the excellent viewpoints on Giggleswick Scar.
The Settle Riverside Walk will take you along the River Ribble to neighbouring Stainforth where you can visit the photogenic Stainforth Force Waterfall.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Yorkshire Dales Walks page.


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Scaleber Force pictured in the autumn of 2008. It is possible to park at a layby on the road above from where a short, stepped path leads down to the foot of the falls.

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According to Wainwright the name is pronounced "Scallyber". "Force" is also interchangeable with "Foss" in this area.

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The valley below Scaleber Force, Settle. Unfortunately the public footpath to Scaleber Force does not continue down this lovely valley. How nice if it could follow the beck for 3km to the paths at Bookil Gill Beck, and also connect with a new right-of-way up Gill Lane1451970(just dreaming...). The Hunter bark track is a white streak just below the horizon.

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Beautiful shot of the falls. Scaleber is a delightful waterfall in a deep gully just off the small road. The small beck of Stockdale feeds the fals as it tumbles and turn down several step (first three shown). there are many additional smaller falls as the beck continues on its way.

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View over Scaleber Pasture

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High Hill from Black Gill Lane. Just north of the falls.


GPS Files

GPX File

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

Memory Map Route

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