Janet's Foss, Malham

#4 of 9 in Nature in Yorkshire Dales National Park
Waterfall Nature / Park
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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  • A good stroll along what was mainly flat. But Beware that when you are almost at the waterfall there are a number of rocks to negotiate some climbing to be done. As a group of 8 seniors and a dog we w...  more »
  • Easy to find from Malham village, or Gorsdale Scar. The wild garlic can be smelt from the road, Go early or on an evening walk  more »
  • Janet's Foss is a magical place with an overwhelming smell of Garlic which unbelievably is not unpleasant. Legend has it that this place is where fairies used to dwell. Here you can see a Heron diving...  more »
  • Normally no where near as busy as the nearby Cove, an oasis of calm and tranquility - try to time your visit midweek, not at school holidays and (if possible) the day after some rainfall... That way you'll have a spectacular waterfall almost to yourself!
  • Beautiful waterfall best visited in the winter to see Janet at her full force. If you have limited mobility i would advise avoiding this as it has slippy rocks to walk down
  • Great place for an easy walk. Bit shaded, you don't get to see much of the sun on the walk back to Malham.
  • Love the clear water. Worth a swim in the summer
  • Very peaceful very beautiful and tranquillity, easy walk from Malham.