High Force Walk
Visit the spectacular Low Force and High Force waterfalls on this waterside walk in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The circular walk runs for about 6.5 miles with some moderate climbs along the way.
The walk starts from the Bowlees Visitor Centre, where car parking is available. A short walk from here takes you to the River Tees and the 18 foot (5.5m) Low Force Waterfall. Here you cross a bridge over the river and pick up the Pennine Way, following it west through riverside woodland to High Force Waterfall. It's one of the biggest waterfalls in England and a spectacular sight with the water dropping 70 feet (21m) into a plunge pool below. The site also includes ancient rocks formed over 300 million years ago.
From here you can return to the start point the same way but this route climbs to the hills to the south of the river. You'll reach a height of over 1300ft around Whiteholm Bank, with splendid views over the area to enjoy. The walk then descends back to the river and the car park.
This walk takes you along the free southern bank of the river but if you would like to visit the northern bank then access is via a private footpath on the Raby estate for which a fee is charged. See the link below for more details.
If you'd like to extend your walk you could continue west along the Pennine Way to Cow Green Reservoir and Cauldron Snout waterfall. The waterfall is another spectacular sight and at 200 yards (180 m) long, it is reckoned to be the longest waterfall in England. Heading east along the waymarked river trail will take you to Middleton-in-Teesdale.
High Force Waterfall PostcodeDL12 0XF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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High Force Waterfall Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
High Force Waterfall Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
High Force Waterfall OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
High Force Waterfall Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
High Force Waterfall Pubs
The Strathmore Arms is a great place for refreshments after your exercise. The pub is located in Holwick (Postcode: DL12 0NJ) and was named Country Cider Pub of the Year 2016, 17 & 18. It's a traditional English country pub with a nice coal log fire and a good selection of meals and ales. The pub is also dog friendly.
High Force Waterfall Dogs
On the High Force paths dogs are welcome but to protect the sensitive plants and wildlife you are advised to keep them on leads.