Aira Force Walk
This walk visits the beautiful Aira Force waterfall next to Ullswater Lake in the Lake District National Park. The National Trust owned area is very popular and a must see if you're visiting this part of the National Park.
You start off in the car park by the lake and then head through ancient woodland to the spectacular 65ft high waterfall. You can cross a bridge over the falls for fantastic views. You then head through Gowbarrow Park before reaching the lakeside where you can follow a waterside path back to the start point.
As well as the splendid falls there's also a series of lovely woodland trails with Himalayan firs, red squirrels and views of the Aira Beck.
The walk can be extended by picking up the Ullswater Way which runs past the falls. You could reach the falls by following the waymarked trail from nearby Glenridding or Patterdale as an alternative start point. See the Glenridding to Aira Force Walk for full details of this route.
In Glenridding you can also pick up the Howtown to Glenridding Walk which is another major highlight of the area.
Gowbarrow Fell sits just above the falls and is a great place to continue your walk. You can try our circular walk through Gowbarrow Park where you can enjoy wonderful views over the lake and surrounding fells.
PostcodeCA11 0JY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Aira Force Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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There's a tea room on site where you can enjoy some refreshments after your walk. It's run by the National Trust and located close to the car park. There's a good menu and nice outdoor seating for finer days.
Alternativley you could head into Glenridding where there's some great lakeside options. The Inn on the Lake does light lunches and afternoon teas and includes 15 acres of grounds with lawns sweeping to the shores of Lake Ullswater. It's a beautiful spot to sit out and enjoy a meal with wonderful views over the lake to the surrounding fells.
Pictured above the splendid gardens of the Inn on the Lake in Glenridding.
The falls and surrounding woods make for a fine dog walk though it's advised to please keep them on leads. The National Trust also provide water bowls around the car park and tea room.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
If you head into Glenridding you could visit the Ullswater Information Centre. There's lots of good walking advice here with maps, guides and details of guided walks in the area. You can find the centre in the village at the Beckside Car Park with a postcode of CA11 0PD for your sat navs.
A few miles north of the falls there's the climb to Great Mell Fell to try. The fell is owned by the National Trust and inlcudes some pleasant woodland trails with fine views from the 537 metre high summit.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lake District Walks page.