OS grid reference:- SD 831 670
Impressive Catrigg Force is situated in a deep wooded gorge above the pretty Yorkshire village of Stainforth.
Fast flowing Catrigg Beck enters a narrow gap in the rocks and falls around 20 feet down two levels into a pool below. Nearby is a second waterfall which is difficult to view as the beck drops considerably further. The views from above the Force are superb with Pen y Ghent and Ingleborough both visible.
Stainforth Beck eventually flows through Stainforth and enters the River Ribble, Stainforth Force, a few hundred yards downstream, where the River Ribble tumbles over a series of limestone ledges into a deep, broad pool. is particularly spectacular.
This secluded spot was one of the composer Edward Elgar's favourite places, he had friends in nearby Settle and drew inspiration from the Yorkshire Dales to compose his most famous works, the Enigma Variations and Pomp and Circumstance.
Access to the falls is via a bridleway from the village of Stainforth which involves a steep climb. The route is well signposted.