Janet's Foss, Malham

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Janet's Foss is a small waterfall in the vicinity of the village of Malham, North Yorkshire, England. It carries Gordale Beck over a limestone outcrop topped by tufa into a deep pool below. The pool was traditionally used for sheep dipping, an event which took on a carnival air and drew the village inhabitants for the social occasion.The name Janet (sometimes Jennet) is thought to be a folk tale reference to a fairy queen who inhabited a cave at the rear of the fall. Foss is a Nordic word for waterfall, still used in Scandinavia, and is presented in a number of cases in England as 'force'.Janet's Foss was the location of the fictional Molkham Falls as featured in the 2006 independent British film, Waterfall. Filming took place there in May 2006.
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TripAdvisor
  • Part of a circular walk encompassing Malham Cove, Gordale Scar that took us 4 hours (a slow pace taking lots of photos) The walk can be extended by another couple of hours by going to the Tarn. 
  • This a beautiful place you must see. Any seasoned walker will know it and I'm sure all will agree with me when I say, it is stunning. 
  • Janet's Foss is just a short walk from the road and you can access the top, with care, along a level, if uneven, path. Access to the bottom and better view of the fall, involves some uneven, rocky ste...  more »
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  • One of nature's gems. Part of the trio of sights at Malham that includes the Cove and Gordale Scar. A perfect adventure.
  • Lovely scenery, easy walk, lovely waterfall.
  • Always great to walk to, especially when not busy with tourists.
  • Lovely little waterfall and picnic area