Cotter Force is a lesser-known waterfall in Wensleydale, a valley in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, England. It is located near the village of Bainbridge and is situated along Cotterdale Beck, a small stream tributary of the River Ure, which flows through the peaceful countryside.
A short path allows access from the A684 near Holme Heads Bridge, approximately 2 mi (3.2 km) west of Hawes. The force is easily accessible, it takes only a short walk from the road to reach it. It comprises a series of six steps, the largest single drop being about 5 ft (1.5 m). The force is a popular location for wild swimming. Cotter Force is also a haven for wildlife and, if you’re lucky during a visit, you may see kingfishers or red squirrels.
The footpath has been upgraded and Cotter Force is now accessible to wheelchair users and less mobile visitors. There is parking space available close to the waterfall (on a layby, no official car park). The location is dog friendly.