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Ritson's Force | Hidden Waterfall in Lake District, England

Updated: Jan 2

Ritson's Force is a gorgeous hidden gem tucked up out of the way at the North end of Wastwater. Visitors can enjoy lovely scenery and great photo opportunities which are available to aspiring photographers. You can also enjoy a quick dip if the water isn't freezing!

Image of Ritson's Force Waterfall in England.
Photo taken by @explorewithbrendan via Instagram.

Ritson's Force is a small but pleasant waterfall just a short walk from the Wasdale Head Inn. It can be a bit of a pain to get too, however the easiest route would be to follow the stream behind the Inn and go over the little arched stone bridge and follow the path. Sooner or later you'll be in this paradise!

Worth the walk to the falls they were impressive and easy to access and see. Highly recommend calling in if your in the area. – Google Review

The photos don't do this idyllic place any justice, it really is amazing and worth the trek. It's spectacular especially after heavy rainfall with the falls being in full force, and if you're brave enough why not have a wild swim?


Things to know before visiting Ritson's Force

  • Visitors can enjoy wild swimming at this hidden gem when they visit Ritson's Force.

  • Ritson's Force Waterfall is dog friendly.

  • Unless you're staying at The Inn, you can't park there however there's plenty of parking around the waterfall.


Image of Ritson's Force Waterfall in England.
Photo taken by @trailswithrachel via Instagram.

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