Harmby Waterfalls – The Ultimate Visitors Guide

We decided to take our micro camper out for a test run to the Yorkshire Dales around 50 miles north from where we live in Wakefield, England.

One of the first places we visited during our trip was the small village of Harmby to see Harmby Waterfalls. Harmby Village is located just to the east of the Yorkshire Dales in Lower Wensleydale, 1.2 miles from the market town of Leyburn.

The waterfall is located just off the A684, on Curlow Close between Harmby Parish Pinfold and a local’s home.

If you’re driving then you’ll want to look at parking in one of the laybys just off the A684 next to the Pheasant Inn & Caravan Park, alternatively, if they are full there’s another rather large open hard-standing area between Lower Wensleydale Caravan and Motorhome Club Site and Argill which goes up to Sunnyridge Bed and Breakfast.

From there it’s just a short walk over the road to Curlow Close and on to the waterfall. The waterfall benefits from being situated just 100m so back from the road down a small passageway (suitable for single file) and down some steps.

We visited on a sunny day (around 22 degrees) but still found it relatively cold once we got under the large trees that cover the waterfall so consider bringing a jacket.

While there is a couple of steps the pathway is otherwise relatively well kept and restricted by fencing and in some areas barbed wire (I assume to prevent any further graffiti to some of the rocks).

After crossing a small bridge you’ll come to the waterfall area. Unlike some of the other waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales, this waterfall is relatively small and not one you could swim in or really even eat a picnic near.

There’s no seating, and a limited viewing area due to the position of the trees, rocks and the waterfall.

Much like the other groups who were visiting the waterfall the same time as us, we walked onwards past the waterfall and round under the trees at the other side of the small beck believing that we could walk a circular route back the way we came. This isn’t the case.

Just after the waterfall, you’ll find a path that goes back up alongside the waterfall (although you can’t see the waterfall from here) and up to the A684.

However, you can follow the tracks further round in a circular route away from the waterfall too (this is the way we went believing that it was a circular route back the way we came with additional views of the waterfall etc.).

There’s a small stile that you’ll need to cross that takes you out into an open field with some sheep. From here you can walk across the field, while we didn’t have the chance to go on this walk I believe it’ll take you parallel with the A684 and over to Colliwath Lane and Limebottom Beck.

Alternatively, you can walk down to the bottom of the field and towards the beck. It’s a pretty steep hill here which takes you to the beck which is actually a dead end. There’s no way to cross and no pathway at the other side to take you back to where you started (hence the circular route).

Sadly, there’s very little in the terms of a view here too, the water is much calmer and the trees obstruct a view of the main waterfall back at the top. In our case, we then turned around and walked back the way we came.

In total, our visit lasted around half an hour, but honestly, it could have been half of that unless you’re planning on making the visit part of a larger walk across the field I’d probably just go down to the main waterfall viewing area and back.

Which unsurprisingly means that I don’t reccomend going out of your way to visit this waterfall when in the Yorkshire Dales. There’s plenty of others nearby which are larger, with a better view, a seating area or even the possibility for a paddle.


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