Aira Force, Ullswater

This short forest walk, on National Trust ground near Ullswater, visits one of the most popular waterfalls in the Lake District.

Start GPS coordinate 54.572178, -2.928533
Approximate Length 1.84 miles
Approximate Duration 40 minutes
Grade Easy
Waypoint 1 photo

Waypoint 1

Approximate GPS co-ordinate: 54.57245, -2.928308

The car park is the start for this walk. It's owned by the National Trust, so members can show their membership cards and park for free. Other visitors must use one of the pay and display machines to buy a ticket. There are only a limited number of spaces and at peak times it can be quite busy.

Waypoint 2 photo

Waypoint 2

Approximate GPS co-ordinate: 54.572242, -2.928128

Head towards the gate at the top of the car park. There are information boards to read about the area and a sign directing you along the path to the waterfall which is half a mile away. Follow the signs, keeping to the left at any junctions.

Waypoint 3 photo

Waypoint 3

Approximate GPS co-ordinate: 54.574965, -2.929262

After a short while on the left you will see a fallen tree. Unusually, this has had hundreds of coins hammered into the bark. It's therefore known as the "Money Tree".

Waypoint 4 photo

Waypoint 4

Approximate GPS co-ordinate: 54.576205, -2.930225

Keep walking upwards. You'll come across 105 steps in total along the walk.

Waypoint 5 photo

Waypoint 5

Approximate GPS co-ordinate: 54.57684, -2.93039

At the top, you'll see a bridge crossing the river. The waterfall is directly underneath. Before heading back down the steps on the other side, it's possible to follow the river upstream a little if you wish.

Waypoint 6 photo

Waypoint 6

Approximate GPS co-ordinate: 54.575883, -2.930892

The most common view of the waterfall is taken from the bottom and looking back up towards the bridge.

Waypoint 7 photo

Waypoint 7

Approximate GPS co-ordinate: 54.574002, -2.927675

Further down the path away from the waterfall is an interesting tree. It has a branch coming horizontally out of the trunk which then curves around at 90 degrees to point straight upwards. Looking back at the tree, it almost looks like a face. The path continues back to the car park where you'll find a cafe and other facilities.