The National Trust Aira Force Waterfall is delightful rain or shine and all times of the year. If the sun catches the mist coming off of the 65 foot falls, the priasmatic effect causes the famous Aira Rainbows. You can even take a pushchair up the first section or extend out up and over Gowbarrow Fell for a more challenging hike and fabulous views over Ullswater.
Local legend has it that a knight called Sir Eglamore lived as hermit by the side of the falls after losing his beloved Emma who slipped from the rocks at Aira Force whilst awaiting his return from war.
We have set out a map showing three routes starting at the National Trust carpark at the base of the falls & finishing back there within the walks section of our website here. We recommend going straight to the welcoming tea shop just near the car park after your hike.
A new pier at Aira Point has just opened, allowing visitors to sail from Glenridding to Aira Force. This is the ultimate day out, with a walk up to the waterfall and lunch at the café, before walking back to Glenridding on the new off-road footpath, or heading back on the boat.
Aira Force is located near Watermillock on the road running between Pooley Bridge and Glenridding. Along the way in the springtime, the fields between this road and the nearby lakefront are covered with Wordsworths daffodils. This is a great drive as well as a great walk.