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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  • Visited Janet's Foss as part of a walk around Malham - we went on a steep walk up to Weets top and then down to Janets Foss, but you can do an easier walk. Well worth it.  more »
  • What a beautiful little spot. Amazing waterfall and views and scenery. Cute little books along the paths, for kids it's an amazing story of the fairies who live in the cove at Janet's foss. The water ...  more »
  • Greatbwalk from just outside the Lister Arms, one and a quarter miles, flat walk, not a mssive waterfall but nice, watch outbfor the cave where the fairy lives  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