OS grid reference:- SD 848 920
Cotter Force is situated on Cotterdale Beck, a minor tributary of the River Ure, near the mouth of Cotterdale, a side dale in Wensleydale.Cotter Force is a beautiful secluded waterfall. Cotterdale Beck has several other smaller falls in its course before joining the Ure, but Cotter Force is the largest
The force is a series of waterfalls with the largest single drop being about 5 feet. The force widens as it drops down, being only a couple of feet wide at the top and about 15 feet wide at the bottom. A bench near the falls allows visitors to rest and enjoy the delightful scenery.
Waterfalls in the north of England are often termed Forces from the Old Norse word Foss which means waterfall.
The waterfall is not visible from the road but requires only a short walk to reach it. After the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust carried out an upgrade to its footpath, Cotter Force is now accessible to wheelchair users and less mobile v
From the village of Hawes take the main road - the A684 - towards Sedbergh. After crossing the River Ure on a narrow bridge you will shortly find a lay-by on the right. A path leads from here to the waterfall.