GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Scale Force

5 miles (8.5 km)

This walk visits Scale Force, the highest waterfall in the Lake District. The waterfall, though narrow, drops from a height of 170 feet in a deep wooden gorge. It's an impressive sight and well worth the short climb from Buttermere.
This circular walk starts in the village of Buttermere, taking you along the beautiful Crummock Water and the pretty Scale Beck to the waterfall. From here you can simply descend back to Buttermere or follow the rest of the route to the nearby Red Pike. This is a challenging climb, passing Blea Crag and Lingcomb Edge before reaching the 2,476ft (755m) Red Pike Summit. It's worth the climb as there are wonderful views over a number of lakes including Derwentwater,Buttermere,Crummock Water,Ennerdale WaterandLoweswater. The walk then descends to Buttermere passing the pretty Bleaberry Tarn and Buttermere lake on the way.
If you'd like to continue your walking in this area you can enjoy lakeside walks around Crummock Water, Buttermere and Loweswater.

Scale Force OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Scale Force Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

Scale Force.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Scale Force.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)