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A tranquil haven of towering peaks, serene waters and undulating hills

Ullswater valley is truly breathtaking, with its beautiful lake nestled amongst towering fells. The epic scenery and relative underdevelopment compared to other areas of the Lake District gives Ullswater a secluded and tranquil feel.

Aira Force, a tumbling waterfall drops an impressive 65ft and can be reached by an enchanting stroll through ancient woodland and landscaped glades. The perfect place for a family walk and picnic.

There's plenty to do, walkers are spoiled for choice with relaxed lakeside strolls and challenging ascents to lofty mountain summits offering glorious views. Watersports enthusiasts will not be disappointed either, there's plenty of opportunity for fun and adventure on the water including canoeing, sailing, fishing and even swimming for the more intrepid explorers among you.

Look out!

See the falls from a different perspective at our new lookout point

One stormy night, about two years ago, a tree fell at Aira Force causing a great landslide and taking part of the path to the falls with it.

Now, thanks to generous donations to the Lake District Appeal, we have re-instated the path complete with a brand new lookout platform. Come and see it for yourself.

Cyril's red squirrel ramble

Cyril Squirrel Detective

This winter, you can learn all about red squirrels with Cyril's red squirrel ramble.

Follow the map and Cyril Squirrel's clues to unlock the password and become a squirrel detective, just like Cyril!

Take a path less trodden

Walk the path less trodden

With the help of funding from Natural England we have created a brand new 2.1km off-road footpath.

So now you can leave the car at Glencoyne Bay car park and walk the rest of the way to Aira Force through Glencoyne Deer Park, enjoying great views of Ullswater as you go.


Ice cream now available from our shop

I scream, you scream, we all scream for... Ice cream!

We now have a selection of ice creams and drinks available in the shop at Aira Force, a perfect treat to round off a day out.

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News and views from the Footpath Ranger team

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