High Force waterfall ,County Durham, England


Address -: High Force waterfall , River Tees , Middleton-in-Teesdale, Teesdale, County Durham, England
High Force is a waterfall on the River Tees, near Middleton-in-Teesdale , Teesdale, County Durham, England.The waterfall is within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and European Geopark.
Despite popular belief that it is the highest waterfall in England, at 71 feet (22 m), others have a longer fall: Cautley Spout, in Cumbria's Howgill Fells, is almost 590 feet (180 m) high, and Hardraw Force, in North Yorkshire, has an unbroken drop of 98 feet (30 m); whilst underground, on the flanks of Ingleborough, Fell Beck falls an unbroken 315 feet (96 m) down the Jib Tunnel of Gaping Gill Hole. However, High Force does have the largest volume of water falling over an unbroken drop when in full spate, thereby earning its Nordic name 'High Fosse'.
To reach the fall start your journey from the car park (Grid ref. NY907282) adjacent to the Bowlees Visitor Centre about 3 miles northwest along the B6277 from Middleton-in-Teesdale. After parking exit the car park using the footbridge. Continue past the visitor centre (worth a visit if open) and continue down the lane to main road. Go straight across and follow the signed footpath to Wynch Bridge. Entering woodland on the banks of the Tees, it is worthwhile making a short diversion to the riverbank to the right of Wynch Bridge to get your first look at Low Force. After rain the falls, although lacking height, can be very dramatic as the Tees flows south. Return to the bridge and, taking note of the sign above your head, cross this historic structure.Reaching the far bank of the river, turn right to join the Pennine Way National Trail on its way north to the Scottish border at Kirk Yetholm. Almost immediately you pass Low Force on your right.
Staying on the riverside path continue upstream. The first piece of public art is soon reached as you cross a beautiful stile with two sheep carved from limestone. Continuing alongside the river, the walking is pleasant and quite soon you are able to hear High Force waterfall. Before reaching the falls the path climbs a little with the river confined to a rocky gorge. Look out for a vantage point on your right from where you get an almost perfect view of High Force. This is the largest waterfall in England which you are able to enjoy free of charge.

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