Aira Force Waterfall Walk

Duration:2 hours or less

This is a wonderful circular walk through a wooded gorge with huge fir trees to a spectacular waterfall. For the last three hundred years Aira Force has inspired many poets to put pen to paper and will surely inspire you too.

Your walk will take you through an amazing pinetum; a collection of conifers that were planted in 1846, now some of the tallest trees in Cumbria. See if you can discover the Money log. This mature beech tree was felled in 2003 and the log left in place. Since then visitors have been tapping coins into it; now the whole log is covered in money.

You can follow any of the three pathways as they all lead to the 67ft high Aira Force waterfall. There are bridges at the top and bottom from which you can see and feel the water pouring down the fall, it is even better after a few days of rain.

Further Information

Car parking: this is a National Trust pay and display.

Facilities: there are nearby tea rooms and toilets.

By Bill Parkin

Ranger based in Ullswater

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How to get here

Aira Force Car Park, Ullswater

United Kingdom

Ordnance Survey OL5
The English Lakes
North Eastern area

NY 622 058

Get Directions

By bus: At weekends, the Stagecoach 508 offers a direct service from Windermere and Ambleside to Aira Force. During the week and at weekends, the Stagecoach 108 service is direct service to Aira Force from Penrith, or from Keswick take the Alba Travel 208 service.

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Bus Timetable.