Aira Force

Aira Force

North Eastern Lake District

Route: Aira Force

Area: North Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 3rd August 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 2.0 miles

Ascent: 300 feet

Weather: Cloudy, several showers

In view of a negative weather forecast which ruled out a fell walk I decided to visit Dalemain garden and since I was heading east it seemed a good idea to visit nearby Aira Force on the way there. I parked in the National Trust car park at the foot of Aira Beck, which was empty when I arrived but almost full when I left – a good reason to come early to this place as it’s popular with tourists

There’s a good reason for its popularity – Aira Force is a spectacular waterfall dropping 65 feet down a ravine into a rocky pool and is set in beautiful ancient woodland. The Trust has laid out various waymarked trails, and provides a map at the entrance, so the Maps Page does not suggest a route, but links to a Google map showing the location of the start

From the visitor centre I climbed up the left bank of Aira Beck, crossed the higher of the footbridges, and descended along the other bank

Aira Force was on good form after recent rain and was an impressive sight and sound. There are other small falls further upstream and these are worth visiting too. This is a great little walk for anyone who is short of time, even when it’s raining – as was the case today

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