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
  • We actually drove here. I think most people walk past though. Waterfall into a green pool, then a lovely walk down a treelined and mossy river. Beautiful.  more »
  • Fab walk today with the children aged 6 and 10 years incorporating janets foss, malham cove and goredale scar took around 2 1/2 hours at a steady pace  more »
  • Not the biggest waterfall in the area but very pretty and no difficult walking involved. I should think it gets pretty busy in summer but very peaceful in the winter.  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