Aira Force


Once we had discovered that our friends had never visited Aira Force before, that seemed like an obvious thing to do whilst we were in the area. The main car park was full and we were quite lucky to get two spaces in the additional Park Brow parking a little up the road toward Dockray. We dropped down to the visitor centre where the kids discovered a bit of a playground…


I suppose there will eventually come a point when they feel that they are too mature and sophisticated for this kind of thing, but it hasn’t happened yet and I’m in no hurry for them to get there.


Of course, a good tree to climb is even better than a manmade substitute, a fact which B reminded me of when he appeared, grinning rather cheekily, above the roof of the snack kiosk.



When we eventually got going again, our friend Little B (there were really too many people on this trip with christian names beginning with B!) , spotted this striking caterpillar…


Alder Moth caterpillar.

…determinedly making its way across a very busy path.


On the bridge below Aira Force.




Our route was a simple one, we followed the paths up one side of the stream and then came back down on the other side.



Little B is something of a kindred spirit; she loves nature and took lots of photographs. She will surely have a blog of her own in years to come. There were quite a few toadstools emerging in the woods and she was evidently fascinated. When we came across this enormous specimen…


She stood by it to give me some scale.



High Cascades.





Aira Force

11 thoughts on “Aira Force

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      That would have been exciting! Sadly, I think it’s just a boulder in the fall. I haven’t seen any Big Cats in the wild as yet, but will keep my eyes peeled.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      My personal recommendation would be an ascent of Place Fell from Patterdale, descent to Howtown and then either a steamer ride back to Patterdale or, if time and energy allow, a walk along the lake shore back (no need actually to go as far as Howtown if that’s your plan). Aira Force is good too. The National Trust have done a good job, although it does get very busy.

        1. beatingthebounds says:

          The steamer isn’t cheap, but I love the view from the water and it’s something a bit different. The walk along the lake is beautiful, but harder work than you might think.

  1. I must surely have been to Aira Force with my obsession with all things, waterfall and gorge-like but I honestly don’t remember doing so. Fine place for kids, Dangerous and other

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      And all the time you spent in Patterdale! It’s worth a visit if you haven’t been – probably best early or late when it might be a bit quieter.

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