What is Aira Force?
Aira Force is a showcase for the power and beauty of nature; it’s a place to escape everyday life.
Rainwater runs from the fells into Aira Beck and thunders in one 65-foot leap over the falls. Yet, Aira Force is much more than an impressive waterfall. A network of trails weaves its way from Ullswater lakeshore to Gowbarrow summit, passing towering Himalayan firs, rare red squirrels, woodland glades, picnic spots and views out across Ullswater. You can start your day in Glenridding and arrive by boat, taking in the sights of Ullswater Valley along the way, then stroll back to Glenridding through Glencoyne Park and along the lakeshore. Ullswater Valley is truly breathtaking, with its beautiful lake nestled amongst towering fells. The epic scenery and relative underdevelopment compared to other areas of the Lake District give Ullswater a secluded and tranquil feel.
The walk up to the waterfall is a leisurely stroll along a well-maintained path, suitable for small explorers. Explore the woodland glades and enjoy our fascinating collection of trees on the tree trail. Most grounds are difficult for pushchairs. Picnic by the lake, go for a swim, or a paddle in the shallow waters.
How to get to Aira Force
Approach the valley via Windermere and Bowness (A591) 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, £5 for 2 hours, £7 for 4 hours, £9 all day, National Trust Members park for free. Glencoyne Bay, Park brow & High Cascades Car Parks: £4.50 for 2 hours, £6.50 for 4 hours, £7.50 all day, National Trust members park for free.