Janet’s Foss (waterfall), Malham

Location: Main car park, BD23 4DA

Distance: 2 miles

Link to route here (red line walk).

Janet’s Foss is the waterfall in Malham which is home to Janet, the Queen of the Fairies. The waterfall is only a short walk from the village (2 miles there and back) or can be combined with Gordale Scar and the Cove for a more spectacular walk.

Heading from the main car park in to the village, you cross the small bridge at the side of the Black Smiths. Over the bridge, turn right and follow the flagged footpath through the meadows, alongside the beck all the way to the waterfall. The path heads through the woods before emerging at the foot of the waterfall. It’s a fab place for a dip too in the summer (or in the winter if you are incredibly brave).

If you climb the steps to the left of the waterfall it will bring you out on to the road and the ‘butty van layby’. From here you can either head to Gordale Scar or turning left will take you up over the moor towards the Cove. You could also follow the road back to the village from here if you didn’t want to retrace your steps. This would be the pram friendly option for this walk also.

Janet’s Foss waterfall is wonderful and you cannot visit Malham without stopping by.

Janet's Foss waterfall
Janet’s Foss waterfall
Walking through the meadow to Janet's Foss
Walking through meadows

If you liked this walk check out Catrigg Force waterfall walk near Settle.

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