The weather is a little rainy this week but come rain or shine, Aira Force in Ullswater is still a mighty sight to behold. I visited Aira Force yesterday with my three children and we took a lovely long walk to reach the waterfall. When we arrived we were lucky enough to see the most incredible rainbow over the falls. Aira Force is near to all our Ullswater Cottages.
Parking is available at Aira Force car park where you can take a smooth path following the course of the beck all the way to the top of the falls. However, yesterday, despite the rain, we decided to take a longer walk. We parked up at Dockray near the Royal Hotel and the walk took us down the farm lane from the village and along the side of Gowbarrow Fell. Upstream of Aira Force, there is another dramatic but less-touristy waterfall called High Force, it's well worth making a stop here on route.
There is a path on either side of the falls, and a dramatic hump back bridge spanning the very top of the falls. You can walk down the steps to a further bridge, a magnificent viewing point to see the falls crashing over the rocks and into a clear pool. When the rain started to clear, the sun filtered through the trees and created a mini rainbow at the bottom of the falls. Magical.
The path continues downhill all the way to the original car park so we decided to keep going uphill, through the woods and climbed up onto Gowbarrow Fell, a simple little climb. There is a triangulation pillar at the highest point and a lovely view of Blencathra and Ullswater.
To make your way back down to Dockray, simply follow the wall, keeping it on your right, along the side of the fell to rejoin the farm track to the village. There is a pub called the Royal Hotel in the village, serving bar meals at lunch time and meals during the evening.
To view all our Cottages in Ullswater click here and watch our video of the moment we saw the rainbow over Aira Force.