Kisdon Force

North Yorkshire, England
Partially Family Friendly

Kisdon Force is a series of waterfalls on the River Swale in Swaledale, England. The falls are located within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, in the county of North Yorkshire, close to the hamlet of Keld. East Gill Force, Catrake Force and Wain Wath Force are also situated on the River Swale, close to Keld.

The waterfalls formed as the river cut a gorge through the limestone between the hills of Kisdon and Rogan's Seat. They have a drop of 10 m (33 ft) over two cascades: the upper falls are around 5 m (16.4 ft) high, whilst the lower falls are around 12 m (40 ft) high. The falls are surrounded by Kisdon Force Woods, a Site of Special Scientific Interest with an area of 38 hectares, where ash, wych elm and rowan trees dominate and, in spring, primroses are abundant.

Kisdon Force are an attraction for experienced canoeists - a high degree of skill and experience is needed to navigate them. The upper falls are rated Grade IV while the lower falls are more difficult and are rated Grade V. The falls are also a perfect spot for picnicking and wild swimming.

Kisdon Force can be easily accessed by a riverside path from Keld, which is often wet and slippery. The waterfalls can become overcrowded due to the fact that the Pennine Way, a long-distance footpath, passes them. 

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North Yorkshire, England
Latitude: 54.404008, Longitude: -2.157551

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