28/10/2020

A short walk to the impressive Hardraw Force waterfall, England's highest waterfall in the Yorkshire Dales

 

Hardraw Force waterfall walk short highest tallest waterfall England Yorkshire Dales map route Hawes
Hardraw Force waterfall in all its glory - its surprising just how accessible the walk is to England's highest waterfall - perfect for kids and the elderly! Read on to learn more about this short, must-do Yorkshire Dales walk.


Hardraw Force waterfall walk details:

Distance: 0.6 miles
Time: 30mins
Difficulty: Very easy



Hardraw Force waterfall walk overview:

This was a very easy and accessible walk (0.6 miles round-trip if you go from the low level path at the back of the green dragon pub in Hardraw) we done it with 3 young kids (2,4,7) with no probs. There are 2 options for the walk - the low level walk (where you see the waterfall from bottom & no uphill walking) and the high level route where you go to the top of the waterfall. The view of Hardraw Force from the bottom is the most impressive where you can get really up close to it (and a bit wet :-) ]

You do have to pay to walk the path as it’s on private property unfortunately. You pay at the visitor centre/cafe out the back of the Green Dragon pub (£4 for an adult, kids £2, under 5 free - they accept debit card) The car parking is free though and there are nice toilets at the visitor centre. Well worth doing if you are near Hawes and best time to go is when the water is in full flow if it’s been raining recently.


Hardraw Force waterfall walk map route:

This is the shortest walk featured on my blog at a mere 0.6 miles round-trip and took no time at all. This particular route starts from the car park at the back of the Green Dragon pub in Hardraw. This route is the low-level walk so no uphill at all and the path flanks the river on either side with 3 bridges to cross along it (if you wish) before you reach the base of the impressive Hardraw Force. Upon paying to enter the walk via the visit centre, you will get a little map clearly showing the low-level walking route as well as the higher level route where you can walk to the top of the waterfall.



 


How high is Hardraw Force waterfall?

Hardraw Force waterfall has a single drop of 100ft (30m).

What is the highest waterfall in England?

The award for the highest single-drop waterfall in England goes to Hardraw Force waterfall with it's single drop of 100ft (30m). However there is a caveat as it's only the highest above-ground waterfall. The underground waterfall in the natural cave at Gaping Gill, also in Yorkshire, has s ingle drop of 322ft (98m). However Gaping Gill is not accessible to walkers - only cavers!


My Hardraw Force waterfall walk photos:


Hardraw Force waterfall walk short highest tallest waterfall England Yorkshire Dales map route Hawes
The path flanks the river and it's very easy to follow the river to Hardraw Force waterfall

Hardraw Force waterfall walk short highest tallest waterfall England Yorkshire Dales map route Hawes
You will encounter 3 nice little bridges over Hardraw Beck which you can criss-cross if you like on thw way to Hardraw Force waterfall

Hardraw Force waterfall walk short highest tallest waterfall England Yorkshire Dales map route Hawes
You are faced with an impressive sight once you reach Hardraw Force waterfall. The water flow will depend on if its been raining much, and I personally think it looks it's finest in the autumn around the time this photo was taken 

Hardraw Force waterfall walk short highest tallest waterfall England Yorkshire Dales map route Hawes
You can get really up close to the pounding water of Hardraw Force waterfall - and whilst the signs tell you not to go behind the waterfall due to potential falling rock - some people still do at their own risk.




So there you go - a short but very sweet blog post and I hope it inspires you to visit Hardraw Force waterfall as I think its a must-do walk if you are in the Yorkshire Dales area and especially near the village of Hawes!





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