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    Keld Waterfall Walk

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    Keld Waterfall Walk

    The Keld Waterfall Walk is an absolutely stunning excursion in Yorkshire Dales NAtional Park, as it produces beautiful views of several beautiful waterfalls. While out walking the trail, you will meander along the banks of the River Swale and climb gently up the hillside, visiting the East Gill Force, Catrake Force, Wain Wath Force, and many other waterfalls in the area. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon on the weekend!

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    Route Description for Keld Waterfall Walk

    If you love taking pleasant riverside walks and are looking to experience some of the breathtaking waterfalls that can be found within the Yorkshire Dales, then look no further than the beautifully scenic Keld Waterfall Walk. Visiting a number of cascading waterfalls along the winding banks of the River Swale, this easy walk is the perfect route to keep the entire family entertained and engaged outdoors.

    Setting out from the village of Keld, the trail will lead you initially to the northwest, taking you to the banks of the River Swale to view the beautiful Catrake Force and several smaller waterfalls before looping back to the trailhead. From here, you will pass through the village and follow the road to meet up with B6270, following it to the northwest until you reach a viewpoint overlooking Wain Wath Force. Backtrack a short distance along the road and follow the lane on the left to cross over the river.

    Once you are on the opposite bank, you will climb gently uphill along the winding road and pick up a footpath on the right to visit Currack Force. Continue on to the southeast, traversing the hillside and taking in the scenic views of the surrounding landscape, as you work your way to East Gill Force. After taking in the views, head back across the River Swale and follow it into the village of Keld to return to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Keld Waterfall Walk Trailhead

    To reach the trailhead for the Keld Waterfall Walk from Kirkby Stephen, head southeast on Victoria Square/B6259 for 1.9 km and turn left onto B6270, following it for 14.5 km. Make a left here and continue on for 0.2 km, where you will find street parking at the trailhead.

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