Waterfalls of Old Yoredale
Here Hardraw Beck falls as the highest surface waterfall in England - Hardraw Force - nearly 100 feet over a single cyclothem of Hardraw Scar Limestone, sandstone and shale. The people to the right of the fall are standing on the soft shale bed.
The overhang of Hardraw Scar Limestone is well seen here, with the sandstone gradually becoming shale at the plunge pool. This is a wonderful place, no matter what the water conditions.
In winter, without the leaf cover - the rainbow in the spray is worth the trip alone. I was lucky today.
And to finish the day - a visit to the stunning Cotter Force, just outside Hawes. This follows the same cyclothem as Hardraw Force, but the beds are closer together so we get an impressive series of steps in the river bed.
The steps in the beds of shale are well seen. This is a place that has to be seen. Watch out for kingfishers!