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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.

We're making some changes

If you’re coming to visit Aira Force you may notice that some changes have taken place and new ones are developing as we work to make some improvements.

We’ve almost finished work on the main car park as part of our improvement plan and will soon have a brand new visitor welcome building open for you.

A path less trodden

Leave the car behind and walk to Aira Force

Leave the car behind and walk to Aira Force

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 and walk the rest of the way to Aira Force through Glencoyne Deer Park, enjoying great views of Ullswater as you go.

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