Aira Force

Back in the Lakes again for another week of food, drinks, walks, food, walks, drinks and more food. The weather this week wasn’t the best I’ve had up here, only our last day did it turn into autumn as you would want it and the colours of the trees came out. As it was I wasn’t too disappointed with the weather, this walk doesn’t need sunshine, in fact it benefits from rain the previous day. And so it was on this day, as storm Brian dumped a fair bit of the damp stuff on Lakeland before scooting away northwards. The sky was grey but dry and this is a good walk to get you going for the week.

Start – Aira Force National trust car park
Route – Aira Force bridge – High Force – Aira Force – National Trust car park
Distance –  2 miles    Start time – 3.15pm     Time taken –  1 hrs 30mins      Highest Point – High Force 230 metres
Weather – Grey skies after storm Brian

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Looking back to the start and the car park

First you go through the tall pines

There is a break in the trees after climbing some steps which gives you a view back down to Ullswater and Place Fell to the left

First look at Aira Force and even from here you could tell there was plenty of water

From the bridge over the waterfall. Later in the walk we will be down there at the bottom

Looking upstream from the bridge, here you can see the narrowing of the rock which funnels the water over the falls

Its not too far up the hill to reach High Force waterfall. If anything this one was even more impressive and loud

Looking down High Force

We crossed the bridge at the back of the photo and started the descent back down to Aira Force

A view over the trees to St Sunday Crag and Sheffield PIke

Aira Beck as it heads down to Aira Force

Aira Force in full misty spate

The walk back to the car park is through some lovely woodland which is all golden at this time

Place Fell again as we reach the car park

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