aira force and high force

Parking Aira Force Car Park (CA11 0JS)
Pram accessible No
Length of walk 2 Miles
Public Toilets Yes

Parking

Paid car parking at Aira Force Car Park. When we visited during the bank holiday weekend there were plenty of spaces available. It was very warm though so I think on this particular day alot of people had chosen to spend time near the lakeshore.

Our Visit:

We’ve been to Aira Force a few times now, but this was the first time we have been with all 3 children. It was also the first time we extended the walk to take in High Force and the Cascades too, which we would definitely recommend. Parking is good, there are toilets available at the start of the walk and a lovely tea room too.

There are loads of fun bits at the start of the walk for the kids to enjoy. There are balancing logs, and a few trees carefully positioned and cut for you to lie down and take in the tree canopy above. The walk was a little different this time as the lower bridge has been washed away, but you can still climb down the steps to reach a viewing point, it just means you have to climb back up again. Supposedly the work to improve the pathways is due to start shortly with plans to build a dramatic steel platform over the river gorge. So once complete, it would definitely be good to visit again.

After we had completed the full loop and taken in the cascades, we returned back to the van for a spot of lunch and an ice cream, before heading down to path that crosses the road and takes you to the lake shore where Aira Force Pier now stands. Rewind 7 years ago, when there was no pier here, this was the exact spot that Richard proposed to me. It was quite nostalgic to come back to the exact spot and watch the kids play in the water. Alot can happen in 7 years!

What the kids loved:

  • Climbing on the rocks to play near the water
  • Getting down to the Lake for a dip

The Route: