Waterfalls in the Lake District
When you're on an outdoors holiday in the Lake District, it's hard not to be drawn into the enchanting world of waterfalls. These cascading wonders offer a serene escape into the heart of nature often at the end of a hike.
The Lake District has some of the best waterfalls in England where you can witness the raw power and beauty of water as it tumbles down the rugged terrain. When you choose to stay at our Haven Lakeland Leisure Park, you're in the perfect location to explore some of the most captivating waterfalls in the Lake District. In this guide, we've laid out all you need to know about some of the best waterfalls to visit in the region.
Address: Matterdale, Penrith CA11 0JS
Tucked away in the heart of the Ullswater Valley, Aira Force is one of the crowning jewels of the Lake District. This waterfall, plunging over 65 feet into a secluded gorge, is surrounded by ancient woodlands and lush greenery.
A well-maintained path leads you to the falls, where you can cross the bridge and experience the power of the cascading waters up close. The beauty of Aira Force is especially enchanting during the spring and autumn seasons.
Stock Ghyll Force
Address: 6 Stockghyll Ln, Ambleside LA22 0QT
Nestled in the charming town of Ambleside, Stock Ghyll Force is a picturesque 70ft waterfall that's worth a visit while staying at Haven Lakeland Leisure Park.
A short hike from Ambleside takes you to this hidden treasure, where you'll be greeted by the sight and sound of water tumbling over a series of rocky ledges. The surrounding woodlands and moss-covered rocks add to the enchantment of this lovely spot.
Address: Ambleside LA22 9QL
For a more challenging waterfall hike, head to Sourmilk Gill near Grasmere. This rugged trail takes you deep into the Lake District's rugged beauty, passing by ancient oak trees and dramatic rocky outcrops. The reward at the end of your journey is the impressive Sourmilk Gill waterfall, a series of cascades that seem to emerge from the mountainside itself. The hike may be strenuous, but the sight of the waterfall and the breathtaking surroundings make it worthwhile.
Stanley Ghyll Force
Address: Eskdale, Holmrook CA19 1TJ
If you're up for a longer adventure, Stanley Ghyll Force near Eskdale is a fantastic choice. This waterfall hike is not for the faint of heart, but it offers a truly immersive experience in nature. The trail takes you through dense woodlands, past moss-covered boulders, rhododendron-clad cliffs, and along the banks of Stanley Ghyll Beck. The climax is Stanley Ghyll Force itself, a powerful 60-foot waterfall that plunges into a deep pool. Remember to wear sturdy footwear and prepare for some challenging terrain.
Address: Keswick CA12 5UX
An ever-present sight near Derwentwater, Lodore Falls is a dramatic spectacle that you can't miss. The waterfall is an impressive scene, especially after a period of heavy rain when the waters roar down the rocky gorge. To get close to Lodore Falls, you can take a short walk through the wooded valley, which offers fantastic views of the cascades. It's a perfect spot for photography enthusiasts.
Address: Side Gates, Ambleside LA22 9NU
Colwith Force is a hidden gem tucked away in the woods outside Little Langdale, a short drive from Windermere. This waterfall is known for its serene charm and the lush green surroundings. A picturesque footbridge allows you to cross the river over the craggy terrain and get up close to the falls. The tranquil ambience of Colwith Force makes it an ideal place for a peaceful spot to eat or for a moment of quiet reflection.
Address: Seascale CA20 1EX
Ritson's Force is found along Mosedale Beck near Wasdale Head and can just be seen from the path leading up to Black Sail Pass. It is a spectacular turquoise waterfall which flows into a series of whimsical swimming holes. From the footpath along the western side of Mosedale Beck the National Trust have created a permissive path down to the waterfalls, so you can easily access it by foot.
Address: 0RU, near Cockermouth
Scale Force, located near Crummock Water on the western side of the Lake District, is one of the tallest waterfalls in the region. The 170-foot drop means that it is the tallest falls in Lakeland and is a remarkable sight to behold, and the hike to reach it takes you through lovely woodlands and alongside tranquil streams. Scale Force is especially captivating after heavy rainfall when it thunders down with even greater intensity.
Address: Cockermouth CA13 0SU
Holme Force, near the smaller lake of Loweswater, is a charming waterfall hidden away in a secluded valley. Holme Force is not as imposing as some of the other waterfalls in the Lake District, but it has three tiers, so there are plenty of different angles to capture various views of these falls. There are a few fallen trees that makes the waterfall trail a little cluttered, but it’s still worth the early start to get up here before the crowds.