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Five Fabulous Waterfalls in the English Lake District

Updated on January 5, 2013
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Blackcombe Beck

Water, water everywhere...

The English Lake district is famous the world over for it's fabulous lakes and dramatic fells but buried away within the fells are some spectacular waterfalls. Some are better known than others and some are certainly easier to find than others, but all of them are worth visiting to see for yourself just how beautiful this part of the world is.

Scale Force

Scale Force,  Crummock Water
Scale Force, Crummock Water | Source

With a drop of 170ft Scale Force is the highest waterfall in the Lake District; most of the shots you usually see are of the main drop, and very lovely it is too, but there's more to it than that. The falls then run out over gorgeous red granite rocks before dropping down to Crummock Water below and the combination of colours is breathtaking.

The falls are easily found on a map and are around 2 miles from the village of Buttermere. The route is well signed to start with but that peters out a little so make sure you're well prepared. The route can also be a little on the boggy side; don't say I didn't warn you!

The Howk

The Howk
The Howk | Source

If you want to see a completely different side to the Lake District then take a drive from Keswick to Caldbeck. The road skirts the north eastern edges of Skiddaw and Blencathra and plunges you into a Yorkshire moor-like landscape.

The Howk is a half mile walk from the village centre; it's clearly marked and easy underfoot with bridges and view points along the way allowing you to get the best views of this tucked away gem. The route also takes you past an old Bobbin Mill where you can learn a little about the history of the area.

Colwith Force

Colwith Force
Colwith Force | Source

Colwith Force is often overshadowed by it's near neighbour Skelwith Force, which is a a real shame. Where Skelwith Force sits next to the main road, Colwith Force requires a little effort - but is still a fairly straightforward 30 min walk from the popular village of Elterwater.

It's fair to say that this part of the world is famous for its rainy weather, but that only makes the waterfalls even more impressive. Don't wait for a dry spell to visit falls like these, head out there after a deluge, it'll be well worth the soggy boots.

Blind Tarn Gill

Blind Tarn Gill
Blind Tarn Gill | Source

Here's one to send even those very familiar with the Lake District scurrying for their maps. Blind Tarn Gill is marked on the OS Map (NY321079), as are the waterfalls, but they're certainly not easy to get to. As you follow the path down from Blindtarn Moss keep an eye out on your left for a steep grassy bank down to the gill. TAKE CARE - the route is steep and slippery.

Once safely down there you will find ample space for a pleasant picnic and some stunning views of these wonderful falls but be warned, the only route out is back up the way you just came in, so don't each too much.

Dungeon Ghyll

Dungeon Ghyll Force
Dungeon Ghyll Force | Source

From a tucked away falls to one firmly on the beaten track, though still less visited than it's neighbour Stickle Ghyll. Situated in a very popular corner of the Lake District at the top of the Langdale Valley are these two final gems. Most people follow the track along the side of Stickle Ghyll and then simply return the way they came, but there's a track running from the southeast corner of Stickle Tarn which will bring you to the main track back down Dungeon Ghyll.

The whole area is steeped in Lake District tradition and history with many of the "old school" mountaineers meeting up at the Old Dungeon Ghyll hotel to swap stories and adventures over a pint and a decent meal - a tradition which continues to this day. If you're looking for a true slice of Lake District history then this is the place to be.


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    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Beautiful waterfalls! I have not seen those when we were in Lake District. Thanks for sharing this beautiful hub.

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      Bajazid 4 years ago from Sarajevo, Bosnia

      Love waterfalls, and those are very beautiful. Didn't know they exist in England at all.

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      Beth Pipe 5 years ago from Cumbria, UK

      Thanks Imogen - there are some wonderful Youth Hostels including Skiddaw House, the most remote dwelling in England.

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      Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

      Beautiful pictures - thanks for sharing them and the accompanying info. I think I am long overdue a return visit to the lakes - I haven't been for around 10 years. I had a fantastic family holiday staying in the youth hostel at Derwent Water, it was not only a lovely building it also had its own waterfall out the back. I can't remember the names of the falls that we saw then, but remember it all being quite beautiful. :)

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      Beth Pipe 5 years ago from Cumbria, UK

      Thank you Tina - I really appreciate your comment. It's such a breathtaking place to be.

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      tina somberg-buiks 5 years ago

      Your husband is a great photographer. Really must go again and see them all with my own eyes. Thanks!

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      Beth Pipe 5 years ago from Cumbria, UK

      Thank you. My husband is the photographer and we're lucky enough to live here so try to make the most of it.

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      CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      These are beautiful waterfalls. I love the Lake District, but some of these I have not yet visited