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Moss Force | Hidden Waterfall in Lake District, England

Updated: Mar 6

Moss Force is a beautiful waterfall only a short walk from the car park at Newlands Hause. Be careful though as the path is usually wet/rocky/uneven so waterproof footwear is required. You can have the luxury choice of either walking up to the falls or continue up the hill and walk over the top for magnificent views!


Image of Moss Force Waterfall in England.
Photo taken by @karolajlaaa via Instagram.

There is a car park right next to Moss Force in which we've seen people stay in their car with a picnic whilst admiring the views of the falls. However, we definitely think you should go and see the falls for yourself! You can even climb half way and still have some pretty amazing views.


It's worth noting it does have some steep steps and it can get quite slippery and uneven in places, but with a good pair of walking boots that'll be no problem for you!

Most gorgeous place I ever been to, the view is stunning and breath-taking as the pictures don't show what the eyes see! – Google Review

Overall, it's a fantastic place to park up and admire the views of Newland's Pass and surrounding fells! We absolutely recommend visitors walking up to the waterfall to get some really amazing snaps of the fall, but do be cautious as it can get slippery up there.


FAQs/Things to know before visiting Moss Force Waterfall


1) Where is Moss Force located?

Moss Force is located in the Lake District National Park, near the village of Buttermere in Cumbria, England.


2) What makes Moss Force a hidden gem?

Moss Force is considered a hidden gem due to its secluded location, pristine natural beauty, and the picturesque cascade of water as it tumbles down a series of rocky steps amidst the tranquil woodland surroundings. The waterfall offers visitors a serene and enchanting experience away from the crowds.


3) How do I get to Moss Force?

Visitors can access Moss Force by foot from the village of Buttermere. There is a footpath leading from Buttermere to Moss Force, which follows the course of Mill Beck through the woodlands. The waterfall can be reached by following this footpath upstream.


4) Is there an entrance fee to visit Moss Force?

There is no entrance fee to visit Moss Force, as it is located in a public-access area within the Lake District National Park.


5) What can I expect to see at Moss Force?

At Moss Force, visitors can admire the beauty of the cascading water as it flows over the rocky steps amidst the lush greenery of the surrounding woodlands. The area is also rich in flora and fauna, providing opportunities for nature observation and photography.


6) Are guided tours available for Moss Force?

While there may not be formal guided tours, visitors can explore the area around Moss Force on their own, following the footpath and enjoying the natural beauty of the Lake District.


7) Is Moss Force suitable for families and children?

Moss Force can be suitable for families and children, but caution is advised, especially near the waterfall where the terrain may be steep and slippery. Parents should supervise children closely during the visit.


8) Are dogs allowed at Moss Force?

Yes, dogs are allowed in the Lake District National Park, including the area around Moss Force, but owners must keep them on a lead and clean up after them to preserve the cleanliness and safety of the area.


9) Are there facilities or amenities near Moss Force?

The village of Buttermere may offer amenities such as parking, accommodations, restrooms, and dining options for visitors. It is advisable to come prepared with any necessary supplies.


10) What is the best time to visit Moss Force?

Moss Force can be visited all year-round, but the waterfall may be most impressive after heavy rainfall when the water flow is at its peak. Visitors may also enjoy exploring the surrounding woodlands during the spring and summer months when the landscape is lush and green.



Image of Moss Force Waterfall in England.
Photo taken by @naho.0.3 via Instagram.

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