Five Fabulous Waterfalls in the English Lake District
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.
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!
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 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
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.
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.