The UK has hundreds of super waterfall walks. These will usually involve a lovely riverside walk through woodland glades to the falls.
One of the highlights in England is the magnificent Aysgarth Falls Walk in the Yorkshire Dales. The upper and middle falls were featured in the film 'Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves'.
In the Lake District the climb alongside the beautiful Dungeon Ghyll and the splendid Stock Ghyll Force are real highlights.
In the Brecon Beacons in Wales you will find the stunning area known as waterfall country. The Four Waterfalls Walk is magnificent.
In Scotland you can visit the highest waterfall in Britain on the Eas a' Chual Aluinn Walk.
Please use the links below to view full route information including descriptions, elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Waterfall Walk Map
|Aberdulais Falls||2 miles (3.5 km)||This circular walk in Neath visits the lovely Aberdulais waterfall and explores the woodland trails in Craig Gwladys Country Park. Along the way there are splendid views of the River Neath Valley and a nice waterside stroll along the Tennant Canal.|
The walk starts at the car park just a short stroll from the falls. It's a lovely area with the rushing water of the River Dulais surrounded by cliffs and vegetation. The falls are also home to Europe's largest electricity-generating water wheel.
Aberdulais has a fascinating history as power has been drawn from the waterfall since the late 16th century. It first provided energy used in the manufacture of copper and later corn-milling and tin.
After leaving the falls the walk continues through the mixed woodland of Craig Gwladys Country Park. The park is fabulous for wildlife spotting with butterflies, green woodpeckers, owls, buzzards and herons to look out for.
At Cadoxton you pick up the Tennant Canal and follow the towpath along the water back to the car park. It's a nice stretch of canal with little stone bridges, waterside cottages and old churches.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could visit the nearby Gnoll Estate Country Park. Here you will find 240 acres of woodland and wide open spaces with miles of walking trails to try. You could also continue along the Neath Canal.
|Aira Force||3 miles (5 km)||This walk visits the beautiful Aira Force waterfall next to Ullswater Lake in the Lake District National Park. You start off in the car park by the lake and then head through ancient woodland to the spectacular 65ft high waterfall. You can cross a bridge over the falls for fantastic views. You then head through Gowbarrow Park before reaching the lakeside where you can follow a waterside path back to the start point.|
The walk can be extended by picking up the Ullswater Way which runs past the falls. You could reach the falls by following the waymarked trail from nearby Glenridding or Patterdale as an alternative start point.
|Aysgarth Falls||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy a woodland walk to the spectacular Aysgarth Falls in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There are three tiers to the falls which make for a wonderful spectacle, particularly in wet weather. The upper and middle falls were featured in the film 'Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves'. |
This circular walk starts on the northern side of the River Ure by the Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre where there is a good sized car park. The centre is a great place to find information about the walks in Aysgarth and Carperby. There is also a cafe for refreshments. You can see it by clicking on the street view link below.
After leaving the car park you can pick up a woodland trail through St Joseph's Wood and out into the countryside, where there are great views of the surrounding area. The walk then descends to the river where there are nice viewpoints near the falls.
The area is a nature reserve so look out for some lovely flora and fauna on your walk. In the spring and summer you can see wildlflowers and bluebells in the woods. Also look out for wild birds, squirrels and deer.
You can return to the car park or extend your walk by crossing the Yore Bridge and following another footpath on the southern side of the river. You'll pass the old Yore Mill and Craft Shop which has some nice gifts.
|Becky Falls||6 miles (10 km)||This is a circular walk in the Dartmoor's Bovey Valley visiting the beautiful Becky Falls and other local landmarks, beauty spots and villages. The falls are one of Dartmoor's premier beauty spots. It's a great area for walkers with 4 colour coded trails taking you through woodland to the Main Falls and the Lower Falls.|
The walk begins in the village of Manaton which is about a mile from the falls. You can park in the village and pick up a footpath through woodland to the falls. The walk then continues through woodland towards the nearby village of Lustleigh. It's worth having a stroll around Lustleigh as it's one of the most picturesque villages in England. You'll see delightful thatched cottages, a 13th-century church, the lovely Primrose Tea Rooms, a cricket field, a communal apple orchard and a splendid village pub.
From Lustleigh you head back into the woodland towards Lustleigh Cleave, passing Sharpitor, Raven's Tor and Hunter's Tor. You then cross the River Bovey at Foxworthy Bridge before passing Manaton Rocks and returning to Manaton.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could climb the nearby Hound Tor for wonderful views over Dartmoor.
Becky Falls are located near Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead.
|Birks of Aberfeldy||2 miles (3 km)||Enjoy a series of beautiful waterfalls and peaceful woodland paths on this lovely walk in Aberfeldy, Perthshire. The walk starts in the car park in Aberfeldy and follows a good footpath along the Moness burn to the Falls of Moness. It's a lovely area with a shaded gorge, the rushing sound of the waterfalls, pretty little wooden bridges over the burn and a variety of birdlife to look out for and listen to. You'll also pass Burns' Seat where Robert Burns is said to have been inspired to write the poem 'The Birks of Aberfeldy' in the late 18th century.|
|Blaen y Glyn Waterfalls||2 miles (3 km)||This walk visits a series of beautiful waterfalls on the River Caerfanell near Talybont Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons. The walk starts from the Forestry Comission's Upper Blaen-y-Glyn car park and takes you to Lower Blaen-y-Gly. You'll pass along woodland paths with several pretty falls to enjoy. There is also a picnic area.|
If you'd like to extend your walk you could pick up the Taff Trail and follow it to the nearby Talybont Reservoir. The Fan Y Big and the Cribyn mountain climb also starts from the same point.
|Bracklinn Falls and Callander Crags||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy a walk around this popular beauty spot in Callander in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. These wonderful steep falls are set in a beautiful wooded gorge on Keltie Water, just a short walk from the town of Callander. |
The walk starts at the car park near the falls and follows a good path through woodland to Bracklinn Falls Bridge where there are great views of the foaming river. You continue on the woodland trails on the eastern side of the river before crossing a bridge and following a country lane back to the car park. There's great views of the surrounding Stirlingshire countryside and hills for much of the walk too.
|Canonteign Falls||2 miles (2.5 km)||This country park in Dartmoor consists of woodland trails, beautiful lakes and the stunning Canonteign Falls. The walk takes you through a beautiful wooded valley with babbling streams, tumbling waterfalls and pretty wooden bridges. The paths lead you to the spectacular 220 feet (70m) high Canonteign Falls which is one of the highest in England. Other features in the park include a Victorian Fern Garden and a Secret Garden, 7 tranquil lakes and a children's play area with a 30m zip wire.|
The park is great for wildlife with a variety of birds in the woodland and black swans on the lakes. Canonteign Falls is located just to the north of Bovey Tracey, not far from Exeter.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby Trenchford and Tottiford Reservoirs for a lovely waterside trail.
|Catrigg Force||7 miles (12 km)||This circular walk visits the beautiful Catrigg Force waterfall in the Yorkshire Dales. It's a wonderful spot and can be easily reached from Stainforth. This longer walk starts at Settle and involves some more challenging hill climbing.|
After leaving Settle you climb towards Attimire Scar where you can see a series of caves and interesting limestone formations. You then descend to the waterfall, passing Jubilee Cave, Victoria Cave and Winskill Stones - a 74-acre area of limestone grassland and limestone pavement. The area is also a nature reserve with a wide variety of plants and wildflowers, such as sandwort, horseshoe vetch, meadow saxifrage, mossy saxifrage, mountain everlasting and moonwort.
Shortly after passing through Winskill Stones you come to Catrigg Force. The waterfall has 2 main drops of about 20 feet and a series of smaller waterfalls. It's a delightful area, with peaceful woodland and the Stainforth Beck to enjoy.
The route then continues to Stainforth before picking up the Ribble Way and following the River Ribble back to Settle. This lovely waterside section also passes the Stainforth Force Waterfall.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby Malham Tarn Estate or continue along the Ribble Way.
The beautiful Scaleber Force waterfall is also only a two mile walk from Settle.
|Cautley Spout||2 miles (4 km)||Cautley Spout is England's highest (cascade) waterfall above ground. It's located near Sedburgh in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This walk follows a footpath running alongside the waterfall from Low Haygarth to the top of the spout. It is a steep climb but the footpath is essentially a series of steps so it is quite an easy path to the follow. This is likely to be a very peaceful walk as the area does not attract too many visitors. Ideal if you are looking for some solitude in beautiful surroundings. You could continue your walk by climbing further over the beautiful Howgill Fells where there are magnificent views of the Lake District.|
|Colwith Force||3 miles (5 km)||Visit this lovely waterfall on this short walk in Langdale in the Lake District. The walk makes use of the Cumbria Way long distance footpath to take you from Skelwith Bridge to the falls. You can park at the car park by the River Brathay at Skelwith Bridge to start your walk. You then cross the bridge and pick up the footpath to the falls. It's a nice footpath climbing through Eltwerwater Park with great views of Elterwater Lake and Little Langdale below. The final section takes you through thick woodland to Colwith Force. It drops 40 feet over several stages and is a spectacular sight when in full spate. You can return to the car park the same way and then enjoy refreshments at the cafe right next to Skelwith Bridge.|
The falls can also be reached from nearby Elterwater by heading south past Fletcher's Wood.
To extend your walk you can continue along the Cumbria Way south and visit the lovely Tarn Hows. Loughrigg Tarn is also a short walk from the Skelwith Bridge car park.
|Conwy Falls||1 miles (1 km)||Follow the circular Conwy Falls Walk through this beautiful wooded gorge near Betws-y-Coed. The walk starts from the car park and cafe located just off the A5 where it meets the B4406. You then pick up the trail through the woodland to the River Conwy where you will find the lovely falls. Here the river drops 50 feet (15 m) into a deep pool. It's a short, easy walk with a number of good viewpoints. You can refresh yourself in the good sized cafe after your walk. |
To extend your walk you can pick up a footpath along the river to Fairy Glen. Here you will find little waterfalls, rapids and cascades chanelled into a narrow ravine on the River Conwy. It's a delightful place and is only about a mile up river from Conwy Falls.
Also nearby are the wonderful Swallow Falls. These can be reached from Betws-y-Coed by following the Afon Llugwy to the falls. It's a lovely riverside walk, with woodland trails and a series of waterfalls to enjoy.
|Corrie Fee Nature Reserve||5 miles (8 km)||Explore this beautiful natural amphitheatre created by a huge glacier thousands of years ago. The walk begins at the Glen Doll car park, Glen Clova. You then pick up a good footpath heading towards Corrie Fee through Glendoll Forest. The route crosses White Water and follows the pretty Fee Burn into the nature reserve. It's a stunning site with the magnificent bowl shaped valley backed by a large waterfall. There's also beautiful alpine flowers and rare mountain willows clinging to the steep crags. It's wonderful for wildlife too with golden eagles and peregrines visitors to the area. |
It's easy to extend your walk on one of the many trails in Glen Doll Forest. One good option is to continue along the lovely White Water where it branches off to the north west at around the half way point of the route. You can then follow Jock's Road up to Crow Craigies.
Also just to the north you will find the beautiful Loch Muick which has a fine circular trail to follow around the loch.
|Corrieshalloch Gorge||5 miles (8 km)||This spectacular beauty spot is 1.5 km long and 60 metres deep cutting through a Highland wilderness rich in flora and fauna. The River Droma runs through the gorge, dropping dramitcally through a series of waterfalls, including the 46 metre Falls of Measach. The gorge was formed at the end of the last ice age and can be viewed from a viewing platform and a Victorian suspension footbridge. The walk below takes you past the gorge and through Braemor Wood to Lael Forest Garden with its 200 different tree species and longer plantation section with waterfalls. |
Corrieshalloch Gorge is located about 12 miles south of Ullapool.
|Cotter Force||1 miles (1 km)||This walk visits the lovely Cotter Force waterfall near Appersett in the Yorkshire Dales. The walk starts at the roadside parking area next to Holme Heads Bridge and follows a good footpath along the Cotterdale Beck to the falls. The falls are very pretty, comprising of six steps, each with its own small waterfall. The area is good for birdwatching too. Look out for dippers, grey wagtails, kingfishers and redstarts. |
There are plenty of good options for continuing your walking in this lovely area. You could visit the nearby Hardraw Force waterfall or climb Great Shunner Fell.
|Cow Green Reservoir and Cauldron Snout||10 miles (16 km)||This walk takes you along the beautiful Cow Green Reservoir to the spectacular Cauldron Snout waterfall in the North Pennines AONB.|
You start off at the car park at Cow Green Reservoir and head 2 miles south to the waterfall, passing the impressive Cow Green Dam on the way. Cauldron Snout is a very powerful waterfall on three levels. At 200 yards (180 m) long, it is reckoned to be the longest waterfall in England. At the waterfall you have the option of heading back to the car park or continuing along the Pennine Way and the River Tees towards Langdon Beck. The path runs right along the river to Sayer's Hill and Harwood Beck with plenty of wild moorland scenery to enjoy.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area you could head to the nearby , Cross Fell for spectacular views over the Lake District and Solway Firth. If you continue east along the Pennine Way you will soon come to High Force Waterfall. It's one of the biggest waterfalls in England and a spectacular sight with the water dropping 70 feet (21m) into a plunge pool below.
|Dungeon Ghyll||2 miles (4 km)||This walk follows a popular path through Stickle Ghyll to Stickle Tarn in the Great Langdale area of the Lake District. The path runs alongside the spectactular Dungeon Ghyll Force waterfall and involves a climb of about 1500 ft on a series of stone steps. Most of the path is quite easy although there are a couple of rockier sections which require a bit of scrambling. The walk is very popular with young families.
When you reach the summit you are rewarded with magnificent views of the surrounding area, with Lake Windermere and Elterwater clearly visible. The walk then takes you around the peaceful Stickle Tarn before descending to the start point at the car park.
At the end of the walk you'll find the National Trust run Sticklebarn where you can buy a well earned drink!
One other option is to head to the nearby Easedale Tarn by heading east from Stickle Tarn rather than descending the waterfall.
The Cumbria Way runs past Dungeon Ghyll too. If you follow it east you can visit the lovely Elterwater Lake and enjoy a stroll along the River Brathay to Skelwith Force Waterfall.
|Eas a' Chual Aluinn||6 miles (10 km)||This walk takes you to the highest waterfall in Britain. It starts at a car park about 3 miles from the falls and follows a challenging footpath to the spectacular waterfall. The walk takes you past Loch na Gainmhich and a series of smaller lochs to the spectacular 658ft (200m) falls. From the high points on the walk there are wonderful views of Loch Glencoul, Loch Beag and the hills of Glas Bheinn and Quinag.|
The falls are located a few miles south of Kylesku where you can catch also boat trips to the falls.
|Fairy Glen Betws y Coed||1 miles (1 km)||Visit this delightful glen in Betws y Coed and enjoy little waterfalls, rapids and cascades in a wooded gorge on the River Conwy. You can pick up the Fairy Glen footpath from the A470 north of the falls. It is located just where the road crosses the river and runs for about half a mile through the glen. There are some steep steps to climb down so please take car when wet as they can be a bit slippery. The glen is a delightfully peaceful area with the rushing water surrounded by interesting vegetation and attractive woodland.|
If you enjoy this walk then you could head to the nearby Swallow Falls. These can be reached from Betws-y-Coed by following the Afon Llugwy to the falls. It's a lovely riverside walk, with woodland trails and a series of waterfalls to enjoy.
Just south of Fairy Glen you will find Conwy Falls. It's about a mile down the river and consists of a short circular trail through the Conwy Forest Park. This takes you to the River Conwy where you will find the lovely 50 ft waterfall.
|Falling Foss||2 miles (2.5 km)||This walk visits the lovely Falling Foss waterfall in the North York Moors.|
The walk starts in the parking area located near the falls and heads through wonderful ancient woodland to the 30ft high falls. Along the way there is a waterside section along the pretty May Beck. There's also lots of little paddling pools and other smaller waterfalls dotted along the walk. Also on the route is the delightful Falling Foss tea rooms which are the perfect place to stop for refreshments.
This is a fairly easy walk with a few small climbs and generally good footpaths.
If you're looking to extend your walking in the area then you could head to the 70 ft high Mallyan Spout Waterfall and enjoy more woodland trails.
|Falls of Bruar||2 miles (2.5 km)||This walk takes you through a lovely wooded gorge to the Falls of Bruar in Perthshire. There is a good sized car park at the House of Bruar which is located just to the south of the falls (you can see this on the street view link). You soon pick up the footpath taking you along Bruar Water and through pine woodland to the falls. Along the way you will find several deep black pools, stone bridges, viewpoints and picnic spots. It's a fairly steep climb but worth the effort as the falls are clear and beautiful. There are two main falls plus a series of smaller ones to enjoy. The falls were immortalised in an 18th century poem by Robert Burns named the 'The Humble Petition of Bruar Water to the Noble Duke of Atholl'. Since then they have been a popular tourist attraction.|
|Falls of Clyde Nature Reserve||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy woodlands, waterfalls and a walk along the River Clyde in this delightful nature reserve in Lanark. The falls comprise of Bonnington Linn, Corra Linn, Dundaff Linn, and the lower falls of Stonebyres Linn. Corra Linn is the highest, with a fall of 84 feet. The Clyde Gorge is a haven for wildlife - look out for peregrine falcons, badgers, bats, roe deer, otters, kingfishers and over 100 species of bird. There's an excellent Visitor Centre with a lot of information on the falls and the animals that dwell there.|
The Clyde Walkway long distance walk path runs through the reserve so you could pick this up and continue your walk along the River Clyde. Also nearby is Lanark Moor Country Park where you can enjoy a walk around Lanark Loch.
|Falls of Dochart||1 miles (2 km)||This short walk takes you from the town of Killin to the beautiful Falls of Dochart. You start in the town centre and follow a footpath through the town and along the River Dochart to the falls. It's a lovely setting with the white water crashing against rocks and flowing around the pretty Islands of Inchbuie. The river is surrounded by attractive woodland, with the lovely backdrop of the Highland Mountains. You can also visit the old watermill and cross the pretty little bridge over the river for even better views in both directions. |
The Falls are located at the western end of Loch Tay so it's easy to extend your walk and visit the loch from Killin. The long distance Rob Roy Way walk also runs past the falls so you could pick this up to extend your outing.
|Falls of Falloch||1 miles (1 km)||Visit these beautiful 'hidden' waterfalls on this short walk in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The falls are located on the River Falloch in Glen Falloch, a few miles north of Loch Lomond. The walk starts from the car park just off the A82 and follows a path through woodland to the falls. It's a delightful beauty spot with picnic benches and views of the River Falloch.|
|Falls of Foyer||2 miles (3.5 km)||Visit these wonderful waterfalls and enjoy woodland trails and views of Loch Ness. It's a very popular area for walkers with good footpaths taking you through attractive woodland to the spectacular 165 feet high falls. You can park in Upper Foyers and then follow a series of steps down to the gorge and the falls. There are two viewpoints where you can take in the full majesty of the falls and take some photos.|
After enjoying the rushing water you can return the same way by climbing the steps up to the car park. You can extend your walk by heading through the forest to the loch and the pretty Foyers Bay. You can then enjoy a stroll along the shoreline of Loch Ness before crossing the River Foyers where it enters the loch. Follow the same path back to the car park to finish the walk. There is a nice tea shop in the village where you can enjoy refreshment after the steep stepped climb. There's tables outside where you can enjoy great views across the loch. See the street view link to see the area.
|Falls of Glomach||11 miles (17 km)||Visit the spectacular Falls of Glomach on this walk in Kintail. The falls are one of the highest in Britain, with a drop of 113 m (370 ft). |
You begin at the car park at the National Trust for Scotland Morvich countryside centre and follow waterways to Dursduain Wood. Here you follow peaceful woodland footpaths through the forest before the final stretch to the falls which involves a steep climb.
It's a fabulous, challenging hike with wonderful views of the Kintail mountains and the awesome gorge and waterfall at the end of the climb.
|Falls of Leny||2 miles (4 km)||Visit these beautiful falls on this short walk from Callander in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. You can follow a cycling and walking trail along a dismantled railway line from Callander to the falls. It's about a 2.5 mile walk along the Garbh Uisge river and the forestry of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. It's a splendid short route with the rushing waters of the river and views of Ben Ledi and the other surrounding mountains.|
You can extend your walk by continuing north and visiting Loch Lubnaig.
Just to the west of Callander there's another nice trail running along Loch Venachar and Loch Drunkie.
|Four Waterfalls Walk||5 miles (8 km)||This is a specatacular walk visiting four beautiful waterfalls near Ystradfellte in the Brecon Beacons. It is one of the best waterfall walks in Britain with delightful woodland gorges, riverside trails along the Afon Mellte and a series of roaring waterfalls. |
The trail starts at the woodland parking area south of Ystradfellte and visits Sgwd Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd y Pannwr and Sgwd-yr-Eira waterfalls. Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn is a particularly impressive and powerful waterfall which will take your breath away. There are also many other smaller waterfalls dotted around this area known as Waterfall Country.
There are some challenging sections on the walk but the footpaths are well surfaced and maintained.
|Glenariff Forest Park||1 miles (2 km)||This 1185 hectare (2928 acre) forest has miles of walking trails including the waterfall walk and scenic trail.|
The waterfall walk is particularly lovely with footpaths leading you through steep wooded gorges with a series of beautiful falls to enjoy. There are some steep sections but it is a fairly easy climb and the footpaths are well maintained. There are some wonderful views of the surrounding area to enjoy from the high points.
The park is located in Glenariff County Antrim. There are good facilities with a car park, tea room and gift shop.
|Golitha Falls||1 miles (1 km)||Golitha Falls National Nature Reserve has woodland walking trails taking you through a steep-sided valley gorge. The River Fowey runs through the gorge with a series of spectacular cascades known as Golitha Falls. The reserve is excellent for interesting flora and fauna with diverse plantlife including bluebells, wildflowers, cow-wheat, bilberry and wavy-hair grass. Look out for wildlife including butterflies, bats and birds such as dipper, nuthatch, treecreeper and buzzard. There is a good size car park at Draynes Bridge from which this walk begins. Golitha Falls is located just a few miles north of Liskeard.|
If you would like to extend your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby Siblyback Lake where you will find a lovely waterside footpath.
|Grey Mare's Tail||2 miles (4 km)||This walk takes you to the wonderful Grey Mare's Tail waterfall and then on to Loch Skeen, in the Moffat hills. The area is run by the National Trust for Scotland so there are very good paths taking you through the nature reserve.|
The walk starts at the Grey Mare's Tail car park near to the ranger's trailer where you can pick up information leaflets and have a look at a Peregrine Falcon's nest on a CCTV link. You then climb to the waterfall viewpoint, passing the gorge of the Tail Burn on the way. The falls are a spectacular sight, being the fifth highest in Britain and dropping 60m (200ft) into a gorge. The path continues along the Tail Burn to Hog's Well and Loch Skeen. Located at over 500m above sea level, the loch is the highest natural loch in the Southern Uplands. Overlooking the tranquil waters of the loch is the 821m high White Coomb hill. It's a truly beautfiul spot and well worth the extra climb from the waterfall viewpoint.
The area is also excellent for wildlife. Look out for peregrine falcons, osprey, mountain hare and wild goats.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area you could pick up the Southern Upland Way which runs a few miles to the south of the waterfall.
|Hardraw Force||1 miles (1 km)||This walk takes you to the beautiful Hardraw Force waterfall in the Yorkshire Dales. Access to the waterfall is through the 13th century Green Dragon Inn for a small fee. It's worth the fee as the waterfall is England's highest single drop waterfall, falling some 100ft. A footpath takes you through ancient woodland and along the Hardraw Beck to the falls. The falls are in a lovely spot set in the spectacular narrow gorge of Hardraw Scaur. The area includes a new Heritage Centre with information about the falls and facilities such as toilets, showers and a cafe. |
There's plenty of good options for continuing your walking in the area. You could head to the nearby Cotter Force waterfall where you'll find another good footpath leading to these pretty falls. The Pennine Way also runs past Hardraw so you could pick this up too.
|Hareshaw Linn||3 miles (5 km)||This walk takes you to the beautiful Hareshaw Linn waterfall in the Northumberland National Park. The walk begins in the village of Bellingham and follows footpaths through ancient woodland and over six bridges to the 9 metre high waterfall. On the way you will pass a series of smaller waterfalls. Look out for red squirrels, great spotted woodpeckers, wood warblers, badgers and bats on the way.|
The Pennine Way runs past the falls so you could pick this up to continue your walking in the area.
|Henrhyd Falls||3 miles (5 km)||Visit the spectacular Henrhyd Falls on this splendid walk in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The falls are the highest in South Wales at 90 feet (27m).|
The walk starts at the National Trust car park and follows a footpath to the falls and then along the Nant Llech River towards Ynyswen. On the way you will pass through a lovely wooded valley where you will see another small waterfall and a disused watermill before coming to the River Tawe. Return to the start point on the same path.
The final scene of the film The Dark Knight Rises was filmed at Henrhyd Falls, where it doubled as the entrance for the Batcave.
|High Force Waterfall||7 miles (11 km)||Visit the spectacular Low Force and High Force waterfalls on this waterside walk in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.|
The walk starts from the Bowlees Visitor Centre, where parking is available. A short walk from here takes you to the River Tees and the 18 foot (5.5m) Low Force Waterfall. Here you cross a bridge over the river and pick up the Pennine Way, following it west through riverside woodland to High Force Waterfall. It's one of the biggest waterfalls in England and a spectacular sight with the water dropping 70 feet (21m) into a plunge pool below. From here you can return to the start point the same way or follow other bridleways and footpaths through the countryside.
If you'd like to extend your walk you could continue west along the Pennine Way to Cow Green Reservoir and Cauldron Snout waterfall.
|Horseshoe Falls Llangollen||1 miles (1 km)||Enjoy a stroll along the River Dee to these lovely falls on this short walk in Denbighshire. It's a really beautiful spot with a 460 feet (140 m) long distinctively shaped weir surrounded by attractive woodland. You can park at the car park by the river and then follow a nice surfaced footpath to the falls. It's a short waterside walk along the river and canal, running for about half a mile.|
You can virtually explore the footpath leading from the car park to the falls using the google street view link below!
To extend your walking in the area you could enjoy a waterside walk along the Llangollen Canal or explore the countryside around the town on the Llangollen Round.
|Ingleton Falls||4 miles (7 km)||One of the loveliest walks in England, this circular trail visits a series of beautiful waterfalls in Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales.|
The walk starts at the car park in Ingleton and follows the River Twiss through the woodland of Swilla Glen. You then cross the river at Manor Bridge and soon come to Pecca Falls. These falls consist of five main waterfalls dropping 30 metres over sandstone and slate into deep plunge pools. You then climb to Hollybush Spout, before coming to the spectacular Thornton Force. Here you will find a viewing area where you can watch the river plunge 14 metres over a cliff of limestone.
From Thornton Force you head to Ravenray Bridge where you cross the river and begin the return leg. This starts by following Twisleton Lane to Twisleton Hall and Beezley Farm. Here you pick up the River Doe to Beezley Falls and Triple Spout – three beautiful waterfalls all side by side. You continue south along the river passing Rival Falls, and Baxengyhll Gorge where there is a viewing platform with fabulous views of the river and Snow Falls. The final section takes you into the pretty village of Ingleton and then on to the finish point at the car park.
The Richmond Way long distance walk passes through Ingleton so you could pick this up to continue your walking in the area.
|Inversnaid Falls||1 miles (2 km)||Visit these beautiful falls next to Loch Lomond on this short walk. The route starts at the Inversnaid Hotel before a short stroll takes you to the falls on Arklet Water. You can then continue your walk by climbing through the surrounding woodland and heading along the loch using the West Highland Way. You could also extend your walk by visiting the RSPB Inversnaid Nature Trail where you can look out for a variety of wildlife.|
|Janet's Foss||2 miles (3 km)||Visit this lovely waterfall on this short walk on the National Trust's Malham Tarn Estate. The falls are located just over a mile from the village of Malham. You can pick up a nice footpath which climbs alongside a pretty beck and through garlic scented woodland to the falls.|
It's a popular and fairly easy walk, on well surfaced footpaths. It's well signposted, taking you along Malham Beck and the rushing waters of Gordale Beck. There's also some attractive waterside woodland trails and great views of the surrounding countryside to enjoy.
You can extend your walk by continuing along the path to the wonderful Gordale Scar with its limestone cliffs and waterfalls. Continue north and you will soon come to Malham Tarn where there are walking and cycling trails around a large, glacial lake.
The Settle Loop circular walking trail passes just to the west of Malham village so this is another good way of exploring the area.
|Kisdon Force||5 miles (8 km)||This walk visits the stunning Kisdon Force, East Gill and Catrake Force waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The walk begins in Keld and first heads to the nearby Catrake Force. It's a beautiful spot comprising of a series of 4 steps each with its own small waterfall. The largest single drop being about 20 feet (6.1 m).
You then head to East Gill Force - it has two main torrents: the upper falls have an impressive 4.5 metre drop whilst the lower section is a series of stepped cascades that fall three metres as East Gill enters the River Swale. The walk continues east to Kisdon Force waterfalls. These stunning falls drop 10 metres (33 ft) over two cascades and are surrounded by Kisdon Force Woods with mixed broad-leaved woodland including ash, wych elm and rowan trees. |
The walk then continues along the River Swale towards Muker, passing more pretty waterfalls along the way. You return on the eastern side of the river to Keld.
This is a lovely, fairly easy walk with river views, waterfalls, and woodland.
The Pennine Way walking trail runs past the falls so you could pick this up if you wanted to continue your walk. Also nearby is the fascinating Gunnerside Gill.
The video below shows a similar route but this time starting from Muker. The walk below starts from Keld for more direct access to the falls.
|Linhope Spout||3 miles (5 km)||This short walk takes you to this lovely waterfall in the Ingram Valley. The walk starts at Hartside where there is parking available by the roadside. You then follow a country lane to Linhope where you cross the River Breamish. You then ascend to the waterfall and Linhope burn on footpaths. The waterfall is an impressive 60 foot (18m) chute of water landing into a deep plunge pool below. On the walk there are splendid views of Great Standrop and Hedgehope Hill. Look out for Curlew and red squirrels on the way.|
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could climb the nearby Hedgehope Hill and The Cheviot.
|Linn of Dee||7 miles (10.5 km)||This walk visits the beautiful 300-metre natural rock gorge at the Linn of Dee in the Cairngorms. The walk starts at the Linn of Dee car park (postcode below is approximate) and takes you through woodland to the bridge over the River Dee. The Dee is a popular salmon river with a ladder by the waterfall where the fish have the chance to swim upstream to spawn. It's a lovely spot with the rushing water, pine woodland, the old stone bridge and the rocky gorge. The walk then heads north through Glen Lui along Lui Water to Derry Lodge. This Victorian building was used as a base for shooting parties but is now disused. You can then continue along the pretty Derry Burn with lovely woodland trails and fabulous views of the Cairngorm mountains. The footpaths for most of the walk are very good. |
You can continue your walking in this beautiful area by heading a few miles along the road to the east where you will find the splendid Linn of Quoich.
|Linn of Quoich||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy riverside walking, beautiful waterfalls and peaceful woodland trails on this walk through Glen Quoich in the Cairngorms. |
The walk starts at the Linn of Quoich parking area and follows Quoich Water to the waterfalls which were popular with Queen Victoria. On the walk you will pass an old building which was Queen Victoria's tearoom. The river is surrounded by attractive Scots pines and there is the wonderful backdrop of the Cairngorm Mountains to enjoy. You will also pass the Punch Bowl, a round carved hole that has formed over the centuries by the pounding water.
You can continue your walking in the area by heading to the Linn of Dee which is only a few miles along the road to the west.
|Llanberis Waterfall||1 miles (1.5 km)||Visit this spectacular waterfall on this short walk in Llanberis in the Snowdonia National Park. Also known as Ceunant Mawr Waterfall these lovely falls drop over a hundred feet into the Afon Arddu. |
It's a short walk to the falls from the centre of Llanberis. A footpath off Church Road leads to the falls where there is an observation point. You can continue your walk by following the riverside path along the Afon Arddu or visiting the woodland of Coed Victoria.
To continue your walking in Llanberis you can visit the beautiful Padarn Country Park. Here you can enjoy a lakeside stroll along Llyn Padarn and catch the Llanberis Lake Railway.
|Lodore Falls||1 miles (1.5 km)||Visit the beautiful Lodore Falls on this walk in Borrowdale in the Lake District. The waterfall is a spectacular sight after heavy rain falling 100 feet (30 m) over a steep cascade. |
The walk starts from the parking area at the south eastern end of Derwent Water and follows footpaths through woodland to the falls.
If you would like to extend your walk you could visit the nearby Watendlath Tarn where you will find a large tarn, a classic packhorse bridge and a delightful National Trust tea-room.
|Lumsdale Valley||2 miles (2.5 km)||This splendid walk takes you from Matlock to the beautiful wooded gorge of the Lumsdale Valley. The walk starts near the centre of Matlock at Matlock Green and follows the Bentley Brook through woodland to the beautiful Lumsdale Waterfalls. As you make your way through the gorge you'll pass several historical mill ruins, waterwheels, three mill ponds and a series of waterfalls. It's a beautiful area and one of the lesser known attractions of the Peak District area. |
Several of our other walks pass through Matlock so there are plenty of options for extending your exercise. The Derwent Valley Heritage Way, Heights of Abraham, Cromford Canal and the Limestone Way can all be picked up in Matlock.
|Lydford Gorge||2 miles (3 km)||Lydford Gorge is a splendid place to visit for a short walk through dramatic surroundings. It is located in the Dartmoor National Park near the town of Lydford and is notable as the deepest gorge in the South West of England. The footpaths take you through the wooded glade to the fantastic 100-foot-high (30-metre) 'White Lady Waterfall'. In wet weather the falls are a spectacular sight being the highest waterfall in the south west. You will also visit a series of noisy whirlpools known as the 'Devil's Cauldron' where the water seems to be boiling. Another highlight are the Tunnel Falls - a series of potholes formed by the River Lyd eroding the rock away.|
The gorge is located next to the Dartmoor Way long distance walk so you could continue your walk by following the path south towards Mary Tavy and Tavistock or north towards Bridestowe and Okehampton.
Also nearby is the splendid Tavey Cleave and Hare Tor where you can enjoy the steep-sided valley of the River Tavy before climbing Hare Tor for wonderful views over Dartmoor.
|Mallyan Spout||2 miles (4 km)||This delightful circular walk in Goathland visits the beautiful 70 ft high Mallyan Spout waterfall in the North York Moors National Park.|
The walk starts from the parking area in the pretty village of Goathland and heads west along a country lane for about half a mile. You then follow a footpath north to the waterfall. You continue through a peacefull wooded valley along West Beck to Beck Hole on the Murk Esk River. The route then returns to Goathland along the track bed of the original Whitby-to-Pickering railway line. The walk has some lovely waterside sections and splendid views of the surrounding North York Moors to enjoy.
If you enjoyed this walk then you could head to the nearby Falling Foss Waterfall for more lovely woodland trails. You could also continue along the rail trackbed to Grosmont on the Grosmont to Goathland Rail Trail.
|Melincourt Falls||1 miles (2 km)||Enjoy a short walk to these pretty falls from the little village of Resolven in the heart of the Vale of Neath. It's about a one mile walk from the car park in the village to the spectacular 80 feet high waterfall. The route follows the St Illtyd's Walk long distance footpath through some attractive oak woodland. It's a lovely spot with carpets of bluebells in the spring and the rushing waters of the Melincourt Brook. |
The Neath Canal runs past Craig Nedd near the start point for this walk. To extend your walking in the area you can pick up the towpath and enjoy a waterside walk to Glynneath.
There's also miles of trails in Rheola Forest to the east of Resolven.
|Mill Gill and Whitfield Force Waterfalls||2 miles (3.5 km)||Just above the little village of Askrigg in Wensleydale there is a lovely walking trail along a river with a series of pretty waterfalls and peaceful woodland. This walk starts in the village and follows the footpath to Mill Gill Force and Whitfield Force falls before returning through some beautiful Yorkshire Dales countryside.|
It's a really pleasant area with good signed paths, the sound of the running water and nice shady woodland.
|Pistyll Rhaeadr||2 miles (3 km)||Visit this spectacular 240-foot (73 m) waterfall regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. The walk begins at the car park at the foot of the waterfall and takes you past the falls and then along a footpath running next to the Afon/River Rhaeadr. You return to the start point along a country lane. The falls are surrounded by some beautiful countryside so there's ample opportunity to continue your walk. There is a B&B and a cafe near the falls so you can also refresh yourself after the walk.|
The challenging climb to Cadair Berwyn also starts from Pistyll Rhaeadr so you could head north along this footpath for great views of the area.
|Rhiwargor Waterfall||1 miles (1.5 km)||Visit these beautiful falls near Lake Vyrnwy on this short walk in Powys. The Rhiwargor Trail takes you along the Afon Eiddew to a series of pretty waterfalls. You can park at the Rhiwargor Waterfall car park at the northern end of the lake. From here you get direct access to the footpaths along the river to the falls. It's a lovely area with the rushing river surrounded by attractive woodland and the steep hills of the Afon Eiddew Valley. There's picnic areas by the water, nice grassy paths and a stream crossing on some stepping stones.|
You can extend your walk by strolling along the lovely Lake Vyrnwy. The area is also a RSPB nature reserve so you can look out for a variety of birds including great crested grebes, dippers and buzzards.
There's bike hire at the southern end of the lake so you could hire a bike and cycle to the falls from Llanwddyn.
|Roughting Linn||5 miles (8.5 km)||Enjoy a walk from the village of Ford to this beautiful hidden gem in Northumberland.|
The walk starts at the remains of Ford castle and heads east into some beautiful countryside. You pass the Ford Moss Nature Reserve where you can see birds such as red grouse, meadow pipit and woodcock. You can also see reptiles such as common lizards and adders.
You continue from the reserve towards Goatscrag Hill before coming to the beautiful waterfall on the Broomridgedean Burn. Return to Ford on the same path.
|Scale Force||5 miles (8.5 km)||This walk visits Scale Force, the highest waterfall in the Lake District. The waterfall, though narrow, drops from a height of 170 feet in a deep wooden gorge. It's an impressive sight and well worth the short climb from Buttermere. |
This circular walk starts in the village of Buttermere, taking you along the beautiful Crummock Water and the pretty Scale Beck to the waterfall. From here you can simply descend back to Buttermere or follow the rest of the route to the nearby Red Pike. This is a challenging climb, passing Blea Crag and Lingcomb Edge before reaching the 2,476 ft (755 m) Red Pike Summit. It's worth the climb as there are wonderful views over a number of lakes including Derwentwater, Buttermere, Crummock Water, Ennerdale Water and Loweswater. The walk then descends to Buttermere passing the pretty Bleaberry Tarn and Buttermere lake on the way.
If you'd like to continue your walking in this area you can enjoy lakeside walks around Crummock Water, Buttermere and Loweswater.
|Scaleber Force||2 miles (3 km)||Visit this beautiful waterfall on this short walk from the Yorkshire town of Settle. The waterfall is about a two mile walk from the town, following the Settle Loop along a series of country lanes and tracks. Although a short distance it is quite a challenging route with the waterfall situated in an elevated position above the town. It's a really beautiful spot with the water cascading down several levels to the deep pool below.|
The walk starts from Settle near the train station and tourist information centre in the town. You then head south along Mitchell Lane, Lambert Lane and High Hill Lane to Scaleber Bridge. Here you will find a sign pointing you to Scaleber Foss along a public footpath. Climb over the wall and follow the path and you will soon come to the falls. Along the way there's some splendid Yorkshire Dales scenery to enjoy. If you prefer a shorter walk you can just park by the roadside on High Hill Lane and follow the little footpath to the waterfall.
To extend your walking in the area you could also visit the splendid Catrigg Force waterfall or enjoy a waterside walk along the Ribble Way.
|Stanley Ghyll Force||1 miles (1.5 km)||This lovely walk in Eskdale takes you to Stanley Ghyll Force Waterfall. There is a small car parking area just to the north of the falls where you can start the walk. You could also start from the Dalegarth for Boot railway station on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. You can catch the great old steam train from Ravenglass and then head south to the falls. The trail runs for about half a mile along the River Esk through a narrow gorge with attractive woodland and rhododendrons. The 60 foot high falls are an impressive sight and one of the hidden gems of the Lake District.|
If you'd like to extend your walking in Eskdale then you could head to the nearby Blea Tarn. The pretty tarn is located just over a mile to the north of the falls. It's a nice climb with great views over the Little Langdale Valley and the Coniston Fells from the elevated position of the tarn. There are also nice trails along the River Esk running east or west from the train station.
Just over a mile south of the falls you will find the pretty Devoke Water. It is the largest tarn in the Lake District and has a nice footpath running along its southern edge.
|Steall Waterfall||2 miles (3 km)||Visit the second highest waterfall in Scotland on this short walk in Glen Nevis. Steall waterfall is a spectacular sight dropping 120 metres (390 ft) down a rockface. The walk begins at the car park near the falls and follows a good footpath through the lovely Nevis Gorge. You'll pass along the River Nevis, through woodland and meadows with wonderful views of the surrounding mountains.|
|Stock Ghyll Force||1 miles (1 km)||This walk takes you to the beautiful Stock Ghyll Force waterfall in Ambleside, in the Lake District. The waterfall is just a short walk from the centre of Ambleside. From here you walk to Stockgyhll Lane where there is a sign saying 'To the Waterfalls'. Bear left here to enter Stock Ghyll Woods where you follow shady paths along Stock Ghyll Beck to the main falls. Here you will find a railed viewpoint from which you can watch the spectacular 70 foot high waterfall. It's a lovely wooded climb with a series of smaller waterfalls to enjoy on the way. |
If you would like to continue your walk you could climb Wansfell Pike for fabulous views of the Coniston Fells, Fairfield, Lake Windermere and Red Screes.
|Swallow Falls||2 miles (4 km)||This walk follows the Afon Llugwy from Betws-y-Coed to the beautiful Swallow Falls in the Snowdonia National Park. This is a popular riverside walk, passing along woodland trails with a series of waterfalls to enjoy. |
The walk starts in the delightful village of Betws-y-Coed in the Conwy valley. The area is popular with walkers as it is surrounded by some wonderful woodland trails, the Clogwyn Cyrrau Nature Reserve, the Llyn Elsi, and the rivers Conwy, Llugwy and Lledr. This walk takes you along the Llugwy passing the wooden Miner's Bridge and several smaller waterfalls before coming to Swallow Falls. The falls are charming and are best enjoyed after wet weather. You can enjoy refreshments at the nearby Swallow Falls Hotel.
If you enjoy this walk then you could head to the nearby Conwy Falls. Here you will find a short circular trail through the Conwy Forest Park. This takes you to the River Conwy where you will find the lovely 50 ft waterfall.
Also nearby is the delightful Fairy Glen where you can enjoy little waterfalls, rapids and cascades in a magical wooded gorge on the River Conwy.
|Woody Bay||2 miles (3 km)||Explore this peaceful wooded cove and enjoy waterfalls, woodland trails and splendid views of the Bristol Channel. Woody Bay is located on the coast of the Exmoor National Park. The Hanging Water stream runs through the woodland with lovely waterfalls and interesting flora and fauna to enjoy. |
This walk starts at the car park on Sir Robert's Path and takes you through the woodland to the pretty little bay with its secluded pebble beach.
If you would like to extend your walking in the area then you could head west along the coast to the lovely Heddon Valley. Here you will find riverside walking trails and the imposing cliffs of Heddon's Mouth. You could also start the walk from here as shown in the video below.
If you head east then you will come to the spectacular Valley of the Rocks.