Most visitors head off towards Malham Cove, missing out on the delights of Janet's Foss, a very special, some say magical spot. Foss means's force or waterfall, probably an old nordic name. It's not a big waterfall but it does seem to hold visitors spellbound.
It's best to park in the National Park Car Park and then follow the signs to enjoy the approach to the woodland waterfall.
The pool was once used for sheep dipping. Now it's simply a lovely spot for wild swimming or just to sit and enjoy the beauty.
You may be wondering why it's named after Janet and who she was?
Janet is the Queen of the Fairies and she lives in a cave behind the waterfall. I think you can tell this is a special enchanted spot thanks to the vivid greens, mossy tufa screen and dappled light. This wooded area is rich in wildflowers, ferns, mosses and birdlife, making it feel like a magical gathering place for all that's most beautiful in the Yorkshire Dales. It's said that the cave was once inhabited by copper workers working a local mine. Their lives would have been a hard slog but given the beauty of this bewitching little spot, it's tempting to imagine them wearing brightly coloured outfits and singing as they went off to work like the Seven Dwarves.