Heavy flooding turns 60ft waterfall into lake

Stunning footage shows a 60ft deep waterfall transformed into a lake after heavy flooding.

Hull Pot, one of England’s largest natural holes, was swamped with surging water as storms rolled through the Yorkshire dales on Tuesday (10 January).

Runner Brian Stallwood, who filmed the clip, said he was shocked to find the cascade had disappeared, quipping: “Lake’ Hull Pot this evening - who nicked the waterfall?”

Hull Pot, which measures 300ft (91m) long by 60ft (18m) wide, sits on the western side of Pen-y-ghent, one of the mountains that feature in the famed ‘three peaks’ challenge.

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(Brian Stallwood / SWNS)

The hole was actually formed from a collapsed cave, and it’s possible for walkers to get close to the waterfall and watch its impressive jet spurt down to the ground.

And remarkably, following dry weather, the waterfall can even dry up completely.

The flooding that caused the huge hole to fill up left several roads around the Yorkshire Dales impassable, with motorists reportedly becoming stranded in their cars.

But the waters have since rescinded, with most rural roads now free from obstructions once more.