Monday, 28 July 2014

Aira Force Waterfall

Nestled in the Gowbarrow Park, an area said to have been popular for the poet William Wordsworth, the Aira Force Waterfall is a feature of the Ullswater area that is definitely worth a view. The Waterfall is situated next to Ullswater, on it’s western shore, very close to the T-junction where the A5091 comes down to meet the A592. There is a short walk up to the waterfall that will certainly pass on an hour or two. And because of my National Trust membership, parking was free. The car park is reasonably sized with a public convenience, a cafĂ© and a National Trust shop. There is also a map of the area at the top end of the car park.



The waterfall itself is part of the Aira Beck which has it’s origins on the eastern slopes of Stybarrow Dodd, part of the Helvellyn massif. The path up to the waterfall is a bit of an incline, but it isn’t too difficult, and should be possible for most people. Although access would have to be on foot. It's also worth keeping an eye out for the wishing logs.