God alone knows how many thousands of people visit Aira Force each year, yet only a tiny fraction of the visitors give a second thought to venturing any further than the waterfalls themselves. This is a shame for them, but good for us who enjoy walking on Gowbarrow Fell. Aira Force is an impressive waterfall of some 60ft and fro reasone I don't think I need to explain, the best time to include it on your route is after heavy rainfall or if you're especially keen, during heavy rainfall. In our modern times there are three car parks to choose from, all of which offer easy access to the falls. Although this was not the case in days gone by. As one eighteenth century writer described it:
"a truly astonishing cataract called Airey Force. In order to view it to advantage the traveller should descend pretty low into the dark vale through which the water flows, but as this requires both courage and agility, many decline the attempt"
The National Trust owns much of the area which was bought from Mr H.C. Howard by public subscription in 1906 for the sum of £12,800. The opening ceremony was held in the August of that year and was attended by Mr Woodrow Wilson; who later became the President of the United States.
Gowbarrow is one of of those Lakeland fells with no immediate neighbours. this makes it difficult, but not impossible to include Gowbarrow on a multi fell walk. The obvious fell to include is Little Mell Fell and for those who don't mind a bit of road walking, Great Mell Fell is within manageable reach.