East Gill Force

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The lower part of East Gill Force as the Gill joins the River Swale.

East Gill Force is a waterfall in Swaledale, 330 yards (300 m) to the east of the hamlet of Keld, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, England.[1] The falls are located on East Gill at grid reference NY896012, just before its confluence with the River Swale at the point where the Pennine Way and the Coast to Coast Walk intersect. The falls are a popular spot for visitors, not just long-distance walkers but also families and picnickers because of the proximity of the road. East Gill Force has two main torrents: the upper falls have an impressive 15 feet (4.5 m) drop whilst the lower section is a series of stepped cascades that fall 9.8 feet (3 m) as East Gill enters the River Swale.

East Gill Force is one of four waterfalls in the Keld area, the others being Kisdon Force, Catrake Force and Wain Wath Force that occur where the river cuts a gorge through the carboniferous limestone between the hills of Kisdon and Rogan's Seat. The falls in this area are called "forces" after the Norse word "Foss", which means waterfall.[2] The falls are surrounded by deciduous broadleaved woodland.


  1. ^ Dillon, Paddy (25 February 2011). The Pennine Way (Third ed.). Cicerone Press Limited. p. 110. ISBN 978-1-84965-359-6. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Skeat, William W. (2005). A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language. New York: Cosimo Classics. p. 194. ISBN 1-59605-092-6. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 

Coordinates: 54°24′22″N 2°09′42″W / 54.40615°N 2.16172°W / 54.40615; -2.16172