Wain Wath Force is a waterfall on the River Swale, in Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, England. The fall is located 0.6 miles (1 km) upstream from the hamlet of Keld. Its name derives from the ford above the fall (wath means ford in Old English).
Wain Wath Force has a drop of only around 1.5 metres as the river flows beneath the limestone cliffs of Cotterby Scar. It is nonetheless popular with visitors thanks to the fact that it is easily accessible: the fall is close to the Coast to Coast long-distance footpath and to the main highway up Upper Swaledale.
Wain Wath Force is the perfect spot for a family picnic. It also attracts paddle enthusiasts when the weather is good, and some even take a plunge in the pool beneath the waterfall for a wild swim in summer. Walkers and photographers alike take advantage of the great viewing area opposite Wain Wath Force and of the area surrounding it, known for its natural beauty, walking trails and the tranquillity of the countryside.