Scale Force

Scale Force

Western Lake District

Route: Scale Force

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 8th March 2017

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 6.4 miles

Weather: sunshine and blue skies

Scale Force is the highest waterfall in the Lake District, with a single drop of 170 feet and two others of 20 feet, which makes it well worth a visit. It is hidden away in a deep tree-lined gorge on the way from Crummock Water to Red Pike on land owned by the National Trust. I decided to approach it from Buttermere and parked in the National Trust car park, which was almost full. I guessed that most people would be walking round Buttermere and this proved to be the case – I didn’t see another soul once I’d left the village

The path from Scale Bridge leading past the head of Crummock Water is juicy at the best of times. Today it was absolutely sodden following recent heavy rainfall and forward progress involved much hopping from rock to rock. Eventually I reached Scale Knott, the big toe of Mellbreak, and made the short climb up the valley to Scale Force, which was on good form. Unlike Aira Force, the full drop isn’t seen particularly well and the fall itself is very narrow but it was a great sight all the same

I started the return journey along a higher level path which joined up with the outward one near the head of Crummock Water. I then followed the course of Buttermere Dubs to the foot of Buttermere and from there back to the start

It was a really enjoyable walk in outstanding scenery, enhanced by sun and blue skies all the way

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