Beautiful Local Waterfalls

Visiting the Lake District & its Waterfalls

Waterways in the Lake District

Lingmoor Guest House is perfectly located for visiting the many spectacular waterfalls that the Lake District has on offer, from the central lakes, to the northern, western and eastern Lake District and Cumbria.


Aira Force
Aira Force is one of the most famous Lake District waterfalls, made famous by William Wordsworth. This beauty spot on Aira beck, rises from Matterdale Common and flows into Ullswater. It can be reached by a short uphill walk from the national trust car park on the A592. The falls are 21 metres (70 ft) high and are situated in a narrow wooded ravine. Landscaped paths ascent either side of the beck with narrow single arched footbridges both above and below the falls.

Barrow Falls
Close to Derwent Water on Barrow Beck are 33m (108ft) high and they stand in the grounds of the youth hostel formerly known as Barrow House which was built in the 1790’s. Whilst visiting you will pass Ashnss Bridge with the backdrop of Derwent Water one of the most photographed views in the Lake District.

Birker Force
Standing 100m (328 ft) the water cascades on Low Birker Pool down the side of Ulpha Fell on the west side of the lake district south of Wast Water.

Birk Hagg
This waterfall is situated high up in woodland above Rydal Hall on the Rydal Beck Accessed east off the Faifield Horseshoe walk the path is on the west side of the beck. The falls are spectacular after heavy rainfall.

Birks Brdige Rapids
Described by William Wordsworth as a “sunless cleft" this beautiful miniature gorge on the River Duddon is crossed by Birks bridge not far from Hard Knott Forest where there is a car park.

Colwith Force
15m (50ft) high near Little Langdale Beck, leads in dramatically to a rapid with a final fall of 7-8m (over 20 ft)

Dungeon Ghyll Force
This fall is on the route from the Langdale Pikes, in the heart of the Lake District. The lower fall has a drop of 50m (164ft), they are popularly viewed using the footpath leading to Loft Cragg.

Force Falls
Set in a small shallow rocky gorge falling into the River Kent near Sedgwick. The initial falls are above and below the road bridge and are followed by a 3m (10ft) plunge.

High Force
Set a third of a mile above Aira Force this spectacular fall is situated just before the footpath on the eastern bank of Aira Beck near Ullswater.

Launchy Gill Force
This impressive cascade on Launchy Gill drops a course of 150m (492ft) down the fellside and into Thirlmere. Footpaths ascend both sides to a footbridge which crosses the falls about a third of the way up.

Levers Falls
After an initial fall of around 40m (131ft) a series of cascades drop on Levers Water Beck coming from the reservoir and dropping into the Coppermines Valley at Coniston.

Lodore Falls
On private land, the falls are spectacular after heavy rain tumbling over huge boulders and dropping 27-30m (90-100ft), they are conversely a trickle after a dry spell. Access is allowed via a gate behind the Victorian Hilton Keswick Lodore Hotel.

Moss Force
At the top of the quiet Newlands Valley on Moss Beck and dropping over 100m (328ft) from Buttermere Moss, this fall can be viewed from a minor road from Buttermere to Braithwaite.

Rydal Falls
Cascade through a rocky ravine in the grounds of Rydal Hall Gardens on Rydal Beck, these falls were very popular with the Victorians and they were frequently painted by many 19th century landscape artists.

Scale Force
The highest single vertical drop in the lake district in a deep wooded spot on Scale Beck, it plunges 37m (120ft) into a small pool before descending again a further 6m (20ft) in a split cascade. Sometimes the foliage can partly block the view. The falls are reached by a 2.5 mile walk from Buttermere via a footpath at the west end of the lake.

Skelwith Force
A 4m (13ft) high fall on the river Brathay below Elter Water , easily accessed but poorly signposted, there are viewpoints from the north bank nearest Elter Water road and on the south bank from the national trust land. Park at the disused quarry east off the Elter Water road.

Sour Milk Gill
Near Grasmere the white churning fall drops 50m (164ft) and are reached by a 1.25 mile walk from a small car park on the Easdale road.

Spout Force
A viewpoint overlooking the falls is found via a public footpath a third of a mile from Scawgill Bridge using a forestry commission car park at Darling How. This is north of Derwent Water and west of Bassenthwaite Lake.

Stanley Force
18m (60ft) in height set in a deep wooded ravine. When visiting park at the national car park at Trough House Bridge to see the lovely waterfall, where you will cross the Birker beck 3 times on wooden bridges on the approach. Tie the visit in with Birker Force as mentioned at the top of the list and also Gill Force.

Stockghyll Force
Taking the single track road next to Barclays bank in Ambleside walk up Stockghyll lane and through Stockghyll park to the Falls.

Taylorgill Force
Not far from Honister Slate mine towards Borrowdale there is an outflow from Styhead Tarn giving a series of cascades before the main drop of 25m (82ft). This fall can be reached from Seathwaite farm.

Whitwater Dash
Are reached by using the Cumbrian Way from Skiddaw House, which used to be a shooting lodge and is now used as a youth hostel. The total drop of these falls is about 100m (382ft).