31st July 2009

A short walk to Aira Force and Gowbarrow Fell


Walk Overview
Time 13.45 to 15.15
Duration 1 hr 30 min
Distance 3 mile
Ascent 1150 ft
Walking with On my own
Park Brow - Aira Force - High Force - Gowbarrow Fell - Green Hill - Aira Force - Park Brow
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Aira Force, Park Brow

Aira Force remains one of the Lake Districts crowd pullers and although the main car park and the tea shop for the waterfalls is found lower down, close to Ullswater itself. This car park is actually the closest to the falls.

Parking is free, but spaces are limited.


Route Map

Given the amount of rain we've had lately, I thought I'd take a look at Aira Force and also have a walk over Gowbarrow Fell while I was here. The waterfalls were putting on a good show indeed, and despite there being no people in this photo, the area around the the falls themselves was packed.

Aira Force seen from the steps leading down to the main viewing area.

A close up picture of the higher bridge.

After a short walk up from the bottom of the falls I reached the bridge seen in the previous photo.

The view looking down from the bridge.


Heading up stream.

The section of Aira Beck between Aira Force and High Force looks more like something straight out of a South American rain forest than a beck in the Lake District. Needless to say where are certain places where I wouldn't want to stand too close to the edge.

High Force.

Leaving the falls and the beck now, and heading onto the open fellside.


The first of four pictures taken from Gowbarrow Fell summit. This one showing Great Mell Fell and little Mell Fell.

this one looking across to the northern end of Ullswater and the distant Pennines.

this one looking in a more southerly direction with a whole host of fells in view, and also the rain laden clouds that were forecast to turn up sometime during the afternoon.

and a final one with a view across to the northern fells.

A curious Gowbarrow Fell resident.


Ullswater in front of Place Fell

Back at Aira Force and just in time as it was beginning to rain.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks