Cotter Force

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Cotter Force
Cotter Force
LocationEngland Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, England
OS gridSD848920
Coordinates54°19′4″N 2°14′0″W / 54.31778°N 2.23333°W / 54.31778; -2.23333Coordinates: 54°19′4″N 2°14′0″W / 54.31778°N 2.23333°W / 54.31778; -2.23333
Total height33 feet (10 m)
Number of drops6

Cotter Force is a small waterfall on Cotterdale Beck, a minor tributary of the River Ure, near the mouth of Cotterdale, a side dale in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, England.[1]

The Falls and Cotterdale Beck[edit]

Cotterdale Beck has several other smaller falls in its course before joining the Ure, but Cotter Force is the largest.[2] The force is not visible from the road, but it takes only a short walk to reach it. It comprises a series of six steps each its own small waterfall with the largest single drop being about 5 feet (1.5 m).[3] The force is narrower at 13 feet (4 m) at the top widening to 43 feet (13 m) at the bottom.[4] A short path allows easy access from the A684 near Holme Heads Bridge approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Hawes.

After the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust carried out an upgrade to its footpath, Cotter Force is now accessible to wheelchair users and less mobile visitors.[5][6]

References to the Force[edit]

The artist J. M. W. Turner sketched here in July 1816 for his Yorkshire Sketchbook.[7] The noted 19th-century etching artist Richard Samuel Chattock is known to have created two works of Cotter Force in 1864. Both etchings now reside in The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.[8]


  1. ^ "Yorkshire Dales National Park". Cotter Force. 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
  2. ^ "Waterfalls of the Yorkshire Dales". Cotter Force. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
  3. ^ Chrystal, Paul (2017). The Place Names of Yorkshire; Cities, Towns, Villages, Rivers and Dales, some Pubs too, in Praise of Yorkshire Ales (1 ed.). Catrine: Stenlake. p. 106. ISBN 9781840337532.
  4. ^ Fellows, Griff (2003). The waterfalls of England : a practical guide for visitors and walkers. Wilmslow: Sigma Leisure. p. 131. ISBN 1-85058-767-1.
  5. ^ "Access for all in the Yorkshire Dales National Park" (PDF). Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  6. ^ Bagshaw, Mike (2014). Yorkshire Dales : local, characterful guides to Britain's special places (1 ed.). Chalfont St Peter: Bradt. p. 116. ISBN 978-1-84162-549-2.
  7. ^ Hill, David (8 December 2013). "Cotter Force, near Hawes, Wensleydale 1816 by Joseph Mallord William Turner". Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  8. ^ "World Wide Arts Resources". Richard Samuel Chattock. 12 December 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-19.

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