Janet’s Foss

Janet’s Foss

There is a wonderful mystique about Janet’s Foss, a waterfall in the middle of the woods that gushes over a limestone outcrop and plunges into a deep pool. The natural basin is sometimes visited by wild swimmers and in All Creatures Great and Small  (clip below) it features in a scene where Helen catches James Herriot swimming in the woods. It has also hosted feature films such as Clio Barnard’s Dark River.

In real life, the woodland setting is even more magical than its on screen appearances would have you to believe. Local folklore says it’s home to Janet, queen of the fairies, who lives in a cave behind the falls. Janet’s Foss is accessible via a footpath from Malham that forms part of the ‘Malham Landscape Trail’, often described as one of England’s best hikes. Walking here presents a perfect opportunity to explore the picturesque surroundings before taking your cue from Herriot and entering the waters for a quick paddle.

Ruth Wilson in 'Dark River' filming at Janet's Foss, Malham

Janet's Foss in episode 2 of All Creatures Great and Small on Channel 5

Meet Helen (Rachel Shenton) in All Creatures Great and Small, as she happens upon James taking an early morning dip , filmed at Janet’s Foss in Malham in the Yorkshire Dales. This scene is in episode 2 of All Creatures Great and Small. You can stream the series so far on My5 or catch up with the latest episode on Sundays at 6pm on Channel 5. You can catch the rest of the series on Tuesdays at 9pm on Channel 5.


Janet’s Foss, Skipton, BD23 4DL