6 beautiful waterfalls in the Lake District
PUBLISHED: 17:09 21 February 2018 | UPDATED: 22:56 29 May 2020
There are many forces of nature to witness in the Lake District, we pick six of our favourite waterfalls.
Aira Beck is tributary of Ullswater and the most dramatic point of course is undoubtedly the 60 ft drop over the rocks at Aira Force. The site is run by the National Trust and you can view the waterfall from the bottom or there is a small bridge from which you can witness the cascade from above.
A beck from from Watendlath Tarn flows north and along the way cascades down 100 ft in the area behind the Lodore Falls Hotel on the sourthern tip of Derwentwater. Parking at the hotel is for guests only, so the majority of people park a mile north at the National Trust Kettlewell Car Park and walk through the woodland, the falls are within private grounds and an honesty box is provided.
The Grot, a small viewing hut at the foot of Rydal Falls is one of the most famous landmarks in the Lakes, the hut has been here since 1668 and is thought be Britain’s first ever ‘viewing station’ that has inspired poets and artists for centuries. Sadly the building is no longer open to the public but you can still view the falls which are to the north of Rydal Hall in Ambleside, a must see when exploring the wider area of Rydal.
There a bit of a debate about the actual height of Scale Force, many people believe it to be 170 ft, making the highest in the Lake District. You can see Scale Force while exploring the area around Buttermere and Crummock Water, you can try this walk from nearby Buttermere.
At just 16 ft, Skelwith Force may not be the highest of falls within the lakes, but that does not mean it isn’t as dramatic as some of the other waterfalls mentioned. In this case, the name force is particularly descriptive here as the River Brathay and Langdale Beck combine to create a dramatic, fast moving flow that is especially powerful after rainfall. The falls are just a short distance from the Skelwith Bridge Hotel, and you can also visit Elterwater and Tarn Hows nearby.
Stock Ghyll Force
Another waterfall near Ambleside is the 70 foot waterfall at Stock Ghyll Force, it is part of Stock Ghyll which is a tributary of the River Rothay, draining eventually into Windermere. The waterfall is a short walk away from the centre of Ambleside and can be viewed safely from a railed viewpoint.