Aira Force Circular Walk is a 1.3 mile loop trail located near Glenridding, Cumbria, England that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length1.3 miElevation gain456 ftRoute typeLoop
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This beautiful walk, a short distance from the car park, is a delight at any time of the year, especially if one only has a little time to spare. Do remember to take your camera. The most famous of the Lake District waterfalls, Aira Force drops an impressive 65 feet and is surrounded by pretty woodland. This easy 2 hour walk can be extended to High Force beyond or Gowbarrow fell. Look out for the famous red squirrels In the 1780's the Howard family of Greystoke Castle had an old hunting lodge or Pele Tower close to the Ullswater shore renovated into what is now Lyulph's Tower, set among its own sporting estate. They landscaped the area around the force, and used it as a pleasure garden, planting over half a million native and ornamental trees, and established a network of tracks, footpaths and bridges. In 1846 the Howards created an arboretum below Aira Force, planting over 200 specimen conifers (firs, pines, spruces and cedars) from all over the world, including a Sitka Spruce, now 118 feet high. In 1906 Gowbarrow Park, including Aira Force, came up for sale for housing plots. An appeal was launched by the recently formed National Trust, which resulted in the purchase of 750 acres. The bridges are in honour of two members of the Spring-Rice family from nearby Watermillock, and were erected by friends and members of the family. In All Saints Church at Watermillock are memorial tablets to members of the Spring-Rice family, one of whom wrote the words to the hymn 'I vow to thee my Country'.

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Luke Marshall
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Very easy mellow hike. Good one to take kids or the grandparents

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diane wallis
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fantastic day. excellent walk a few steps up and down but worth the view definitely recommend a walk to be done .

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Martynas Ruzgas
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small waterfall

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Tom Bowles
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Incredible scenic views medium difficulty

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biggie770 .
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Ming Wang
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neville levy
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Nice walk - no signal at start so just return leg recorded!

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Molly Broughton
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Absolutely stunning. Nice easy afternoon trail before we headed home. Rain made it a little slippy as there are lots of rocky stairs but other than that the rain added to the atmosphere!

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Sabbah Amin
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Carla Canivete
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This is an easy one. Even with wet weather, if you're wearing proper boots with grip you'll be absolutely fine. If coming by bus (which passes every two hours, it's just enough time to go around the falls and catch the next one up to Pooley Bridge.

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nicky lash
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quite a steep hike over rocks and over the fell, would be SPECTACULAR on a clear day but was just as fun in the rain with our Shepherd. The waterfalls are spectacular. This can be as hard or as easy as you want it to be. The fell extended walk is up and over some pretty tough terrain but more rocks and steep than anything else. Despite the weather there were still quite a few hikers and people about, all friendly and sharingtips about which direction and duration which we were grateful for!

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Millie Clarke
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Lovely trail, very scenic. Took around an hour and the dog loved it!

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Steph Musgrove
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Gemma Ledwidge
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Luke Thresh
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Becky Beech
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Owen Cavanagh
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lovely trail. very well maintained and super easy to follow. view of the falls is great and worth a walk down to the pier to see the lake as well.

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Annya Gower
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Great walk. Some rocky areas which are extremely sloppy when wet.

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Charlotte Hudson
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Sofia Miccolis
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A beautiful walk which has also been adapted well to follow Covid precautions.

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Miguel Finol
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Lovely trail easy for family, friends, dogs etc, arrive early since the car park get full very quickly

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Paul Harris
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Fantastic waterfalls, but very busy. Good for all ages

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Leanne Kirkby
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Lovely easy walk

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Anna Busby
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This was stunning, I felt like I was walking in a lord of the rings movie! But it was also very steep! The staff in the gift shop were very friendly and helpful. Glad we did this walk! I wouldn’t describe it as easy though

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Jodie Sutherland
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Absolutely gorgeous was worth getting soaked went yesterday when the water was high with all the rain definitely go again

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JP Starks
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Nice trail, have to divert off the track fairly often to take in all the sights. Tracks were very wet today, but are very well maintained. Waterfall is a must see.

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