17th November 2007

A short walk to Gowbarrow and Aira Force


Walk Overview
Time 10.00 to 11.45
Duration 1 hr 45 min
Distance 3.7 mile
Ascent 1289 ft
Walking with On my owm
A5091 - Aira Beck - Gowbarrow Fell - Gowbarrow Park - Aira Force - High Force - A5091
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Aira Force, Parkgate Farm

This is what I always call the top Aira Force car park and for no particular reason this is the one I prefer to set out from. This is the car park where you're most likely to get a parking space during the busier times of year.

Parking is free.


Route Map

The rain was on and off for the whole of this walk. It had in fact been forecast so I can't really complain too much and as I expected to get wet anyway, I thought why not go somewhere where you actually want to see a good supply of water. So I headed to Gowbarrow Fell where I could include High Force and Aira Force waterfalls into the route.

High Force.

From High force I walked down the western side of Aira Beck as far as this bridge, which I crossed and then headed back up the opposite side of the beck to gain access to the open fellside below Gowbarrow Fell.

Place Fell and a glimpse of Ullswater.

Gowbarrow Fell summit.

And again, this time with Little Mell Fell behind.

The headland of Aira Point and a fine looking Lyulph's Tower.

The view down Ullswater.

The higher of the bridges at Aira Force. I can't imagine there would be any practical reason for these bridges being here, other than to assist the thousands of visitors who come to view the waterfalls every year.

Wet and slippery steps leading down to the lower view point and the other of the stone bridges; just in view, bottom right.

Aira Force.

A close up of the higher bridge.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks