Janet's Foss

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Janet's Foss
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Janet's Foss
River: Goredale Beck
Type: Plunge
Co-ordinates: 54°3’58"N, 2°8’12"W

Janet's Foss is a small but beautiful waterfall on the Goredale Beck, close to the village of Malham in the West Riding of Yorkshire. This fall carries Gordale Beck over a limestone outcrop topped by tufa into a deep pool below.

The pool beneath the waterfall was traditionally used for sheep dipping, a jolly event which drew in local village inhabitants for the social occasion.[1]

The name Janet (sometimes Jennet) is believed to refer to a fairy queen held to inhabit a cave at the rear of the fall.[1] Foss is the Norse fors meaning 'waterfall', most commonly rendered in Britain as 'force'.[2]

On film

Janet's Foss was the location of the fictional Molkham Falls featured in the 2006 independent British film, Waterfall. Filming took place there in May 2006.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Janet's Foss)


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Janet's Foss". Malham in the Yorkshire Dales. Daelnet. http://www.malhamdale.com/janetsfoss.htm. Retrieved 5 November 2008. 
  2. Hogg, Richard; Denison, David (2006). A History of the English Language. Cambridge University Press. p. 347. ISBN 978-0-521-66227-7. https://books.google.com/books?id=U5FDi8WksqYC&pg=PA347.