Known for its lakes and fells, Lake District waterfalls provide another attraction and source of scenic beauty. It is reported that there are over forty named waterfalls in the Lakes [1], with many more amongst the gills and streams of the fells. Here is our short-list of the most impressive waterfalls in the Lakes.

Aira Force, Ullswater

Aira Force, Ullswater
Aira Force, Ullswater

Aira Force waterfall on the Aira Beck in Ullswater has a continuous twenty metre drop. The falls are on land owner by the National Trust. The main car park (postcode CA11 0JS) is at the bottom of the falls where there is also a tearoom. There is also a car park at the top of the falls. Charges apply for both car parks.

The waterfall, it’s beck and enclosing valley, are the subject of two of William Wordsworth‘s poems: The Somnambulist and Airey Force Valley. There are two stone bridges, one above and one below the falls, which commemorate the former diplomat Sir Cecil Spring-Rice (author of I Vow To Thee My Country) and his son Stephen Spring-Rice.

Colwith Force, Brathay

Colwith Force, River Brathay [3]

This pretty waterfall on the River Brathay, located between Little Langdale Tarn and Elterwater, has twin divided falls that drop 17 m into a pool. The waterfall is on National Trust land and the nearest car park, approximately half a mile from the falls, is at the postcode LA22 9NU

Named Lakeland Waterfalls

  • Aira Force
  • Barrow
  • Birker Force
  • Buckstones Jump
  • Cam Spout
  • Colwith Force
  • Dalegarth Force
  • Dungeon Ghyll Force
  • Esk Falls
  • Force Falls
  • Fordingdale Force
  • Galleny Force
  • Hell Gill Force
  • High Force
  • High Force, Pudding Beck
  • High Lodore
  • Holme Force
  • Levers Water Beck
  • Lodore Falls
  • Low Force, Aira Beck
  • Low Force, Pudding Beck
  • Moss Force
  • Ritson’s Force, Wasdale Head –
  • Rowantree Force
  • Rydal Falls, Rydal Beck
  • Scale Force, Crummock
  • Scaleclose Force
  • Scalehow Force
  • Sourmilk Gill, Buttermere
  • Sourmilk Gill Force, Easedale Beck –
  • Spout Force
  • Stanley Force, Eskdale
  • Stanley Gill Force, Stock Ghyll –
  • Stybeck Fall
  • Taylor Gill Force, Borrowdale –
  • The Force, Deepdale Beck –
  • The Forces, Measand Beck
  • Thornthwaite Force
  • Throng Force
  • Tonguegill Force
  • Vicar Swa, Eskdale
  • Whorneyside Force, Oxendale

References And Credits

  1. “The Lake District – The Ultimate Guide”, Gordon Readyhough, 2004, ISBN 1-904524-11-7
  2. Aira Force by Andrew Bowden licenced under CC BY-SA 2.0