Opening times for 6 December 2023
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Parking at Aira Force car park £6- (2 hours), £7.50 (4 hours) or £9 (all day) Glencoyne Bay, High Cascades & Park Brow Car Parks: £5 for 2 hours, £7 for 4 hours, £8.50 all day. NT Members park for free - please scan membership card at the pay and display machine to obtain ticket.
Tea room serving drinks, snacks and ice cream with indoor and outdoor seating. Take-away available. Drinking water taps around the car park and tea-room for people to refill drinking bottles.
Dogs on leads welcome. Due to the wildlife, surrounding livestock and the experience of all our visitors, dogs must remain on leads at all times during your visit.
Small toilet block in the main Aira Force car park (including an accessible toilet). Portaloos provided in summer when site is busy, situated next to permanent toilets. Next closest public toilets situated in Glenridding village (3 miles south on the A592.)
Accessible parking spaces. Mobility toilet. Waterfall not accessible by wheelchair. Much of the countryside is steep and rugged.
Mobility toilet adjacent to car park entrance
Much of Aira Force and the countryside is steep and rugged The waterfall is not accessible by wheelchair.
Approach the valley via Windermere and Bowness (A592) and Ambleside (The Struggle) for a scenic drive down the steep windy Kirkstone Pass. Alternatively access the valley from Junction 40 of the M6, or from Keswick/Penrith on the A66.
Parking: Main Aira Force Car Park, £6 for 2 hours, £7.50 for 4 hours, £9.00 all day, NT Members park for free. Glencoyne Bay, Park Brow & High Cascades Car Parks: £5 for 2 hours, £7 for 4 hours, £8.50 all day, NT members park for free.
Sat Nav: use CA11 0JS (please note that SatNav does not always take you directly to the car park so look out for signposts for Aira Force.)
From Glenridding (3 miles) or Glencoyne Bay (1.5 miles), follow the low-level, off-road footpath to Aira Force. From Pooley Bridge, a more challenging 6.5 mile walk over undulating, mixed-terrain footpaths (map recommended.) The Ullswater Way includes the above trails, details and maps can be found here. The Coast to Coast long distance footpath passes through the Ullswater Valley as it cuts across the country running from St Bees in the north west to Robin Hood's Bay in the north east. The Cumbria Way passes within 4 miles, with footpaths which link to Ullswater
Penrith 10 miles
Stagecoach - service 508 (Penrith - Windermere) Stagecoach
NCN71, 2 miles
Ullswater Steamers operate from Glenridding and run services to Aira Force.
Aira Force is a three pawprint rated place, and well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome here. There are water bowls around the car park and tea-room area. Please read the Canine Code to make sure everyone has an enjoyable day.
Booking is essential for coach parties. Please see Aira Force’s guidance on coach parking and access, then get your group booked in for a great day out.
A map of Aira Force with walking trails
Aira Force waterfall
Eighteenth-century pleasure ground with dramatic 65-foot waterfall and woodland trails, with champion trees and red squirrels.
Tea-room serves hot drinks, snacks and ice cream, with seating indoors and outside.
Lakeshore access to Ullswater at Aira Green and Glencoyne Bay.
Gowbarrow Park was once home to a large herd of deer, and evidence of old shooting boxes and stalkers huts can still be seen today. The deer have since been replaced by low numbers of hardy, traditional sheep such as Herdwick. Great walking trails including the summit of Gowbarrow fell.
Get a glimpse of what Aira Force and Ullswater have to offer, including walks with far-reaching views, red squirrels, picnic spots, a natural play area and water sports.
Explore Aira Force on a circular walk passing through woodland and open glades all accompanied with the roaring sounds from the waterfall in the gorge. Enjoy expansive views over Ullswater from the summit of Gowbarrow.
Patterdale, near Ullswater, is home to Glenamara Park – a former deer park and site of several stately veteran trees. Explore them on this easy circular walk.
A 3-mile walk through the upland hill farm of Glencoyne, passing through woodlands as well as historic farm buildings and charcoal pitsteads.
An 18th-century pleasure ground, Aira Force was the backdrop for William Wordsworth’s poem ‘Somnambulist’ – a Gothic tale of love and tragedy. There are so many woodland trails to discover in this landscape of contrasts. Quiet glades give way to dramatic waterfalls, with Aira Beck thundering down a 65-foot drop past ferns and rocks. If you walk to the summit of Gowbarrow, you will be rewarded with panoramic views over Ullswater. Starting your day in Glenridding, arriving at Aira Force by boat then strolling back along the lakeshore, allows you to take in the wonderful Ullswater Valley sights.
In March 2021 we began a project to enhance the walkways at Aira Force. We’re hoping to thrill visitors by replacing an existing viewing area and footpath, unstable and unsuitable for long term use, with a dramatic steel platform, cantilevered out over the river gorge, to provide inspiring views of the river and waterfall. The £189,000 project is being part funded by a grant from The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The remaining amount, about 45%, will be covered by funds gifted through legacy donations and fundraising.
Find out how the Ullswater Riverlands project is improving the health of the Ullswater catchment in the Lake District