High Force Waterfall
High Force Waterfall

The lesser-known younger cousin of nearby Aira Force. High Force is located a quarter of a mile or so uphill of its more famous neighbour, and can be reached via the same route used to access Aira Force.

Park in the National Trust parking lot just north of the A592 junction with the Troutbeck road (A5091). A charge applies if you are not a member of NT. Follow the path uphill to Aira Force and simply keep going up. You will pass several smaller falls along the way before reaching High Force.

A small waterfall just below High Force
A small waterfall just below High Force

The falls are not spectacular, but are quite pleasant, and they are far less crowded than Aira Force. For a different route returning simply cross over Aira Beck at Aira Falls and take the signposted route downhill. You have the option of a short side trip across the hill to Yew Crag, where the forest opens out to provide spectacular views over Ullswater.

Aira Force

About High Force Waterfall
Address: Glenridding, Lake District, Cumbria, England
Attraction Type: Countryside - Waterfall
Location: Halfway between Glenridding and Watermillock, on the western shore of Ullswater. Park at the National Trust parking lot signposted for Aira Force.
Website: High Force Waterfall
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
Location map
OS: NY400208
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express


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