Ulswater, Aira Force..
A walk in the Lake District ..

Aira Force is a Waterfall with many lovely walks surrounding the beautiful waterfall.
It has been a beauty spot since 1906 and is now owned and run by the National Trust and offers some spectacular views surrounding the footpaths leading around Aira Beck and High Force Water.

It is found along the A592 on the Western side of Ullswater, CA11 0JS. It is approximately 7 miles from Penrith and a 13 mile drive from Windermere over the scenic Kirkstone Pass.

Aira Force

The car park is a pay is a pay and display with many parking places, although these will quickly fill up in busy periods. National trust members park for free but must display cards.

There are toilets and tearooms signposted next to the parking area.

The actual spot is open all year round but the car park is locked over night.


From your car, walk to the covered information boards at the far end of the car park - these are well worth a read if you’d like some more detailed information or advice on the different routes you can take. Follow the path signposted Aira Force Waterfall ½ mile . The path is graveled and easy going for 300 metres or so before reaching a small gate and small bridge, after which it splits into two.


Take the right fork which heads straight on and through a narrow gap in a fence. Cross the bridge and follow the path up some steps. In a few metres the path splits – take the left path and be careful – it is wide but has a steep drop off to the left. You will soon reach a bridge spanning the Aira Beck at the bottom of the waterfall viewing straight up the fall to your right. You now have to walk up the 105 steps to the top of the fall. When the steps end, continue straight on towards the falls and drop down on to the bridge spanning the top of Aira Force. After the bridge follow the path straight on, rising up and skirting the tree line to give you superb views over the lake in both directions. The path soon drops down some steps and over a bridge before heading through a gap in a fence. Turn left here and walk straight along to meet back up with the path you originally came in on. This takes you back to the car park

Map to get there