The day after my mountain walk around Esk Hause, the weather was slowly taking a turn for the worse, we decided to make the most of the next day of maybe some drizzle but mainly low cloud. Aira Force is always a great outing for bad weather days, plenty of waterfalls and a nice loop up one side of the river before crossing at the top and descending the other side. We waited until the mornings rain had cleared before we headed across to Ullswater arriving around midday to full car parks, rookie mistake (although I’ve probably been here at least half a dozen times now so it makes it worse that I didn’t predict the crowds). We got lucky in the lower car park and we were booted up and off. At the time of this visit a tree has fallen over the bridge below the main Aira Force waterfall (where they are building a viewing platform) and it has meant seeing the waterfall from below isn’t possible currently. No doubt the health and safety police will be wetting themselves over this, although two rangers with chainsaws at night would probably have it cleared in a few hours, however it wouldn’t surprise me to still see this in place and the paths still closed when we next come up in April. It doesn’t really spoil the walk however and I like the higher path back towards the lower car park. The bottom photos so a few views of what happened after this walk at Aira Force. We went out on the Thursday to see what was going on, getting drenched on a walk to Friars Crag, the weather was brutal even at this low level as the water poured off the fells.
4 thoughts on “Aira Force walk and the flooding in Keswick”
There have been some extraordinary images of the Lakes from those few days. Hard to imagine how much it must have rained. Shame about the flooded pitch and putt. I’ve spent many a happy hour, often in the rain, playing there
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Played that pitch and putt in the summer with the boys. Think the lack of breaks between the rain was the strange part. We’re used to heavy rain in this country but after a few hours it eases a bit then comes back. This was just heavy rain for 2 days without any let up
We missed that rain luckily, having come home from Scotland via one eve at the van on the Thursday. Don’t think I’ve ever seen the lakes so flooded thankfully.
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I hope we don’t see it that bad again, although with the changes in climate we almost certainly will unfortunately