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Scale Force | Hidden Waterfall in Lake District, England

Updated: Mar 6

Scale Force is a breath-taking place to visit in the Lake District; with it being the highest single drop waterfall of 20ft hidden away in a deep gorge! You will be greeted by flooded paths and muddy terrain but it is definitely worth the walk too!


Image of Scale Force Waterfall in England.
Photo taken by @chelseas119 via Instagram.

Scale Force is a tremendous place to visit in the Lake District, and it's one of our favourite waterfalls in the Lakes. It's joint highest single drop waterfall with two others hidden within a deep gorge, and if you're lucky you might be able to have a wild dip!

Make sure you have a saved map as the the place isn’t signposted. Flooded paths and muddy terrain but definitely worth the walk. – Google Review

If you're brave enough, it's definitely worth climbing up the waterfall to the second level for some truly breath-taking views. It can be a bit difficult though especially when it's raining.


FAQs/Things to know before visiting Scale Force Waterfall


1) Where is Scale Force located?

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


2) What makes Scale Force a hidden gem?

Scale Force is considered a hidden gem due to its secluded location, impressive height, and the stunning natural beauty of its surroundings. Tucked away in a wooded ravine, the waterfall offers visitors a serene and enchanting experience amidst the tranquil landscape of the Lake District.


3) How do I get to Scale Force?

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


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

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


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

At Scale Force, visitors can admire the breathtaking sight of the waterfall as it cascades down a series of rocky steps, framed by 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 Scale Force?

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


7) Is Scale Force suitable for families and children?

Due to the difficulty of getting to Scale Force, we don't recommend taking children to this hidden gem.


8) Are dogs allowed at Scale Force?

Yes, dogs are allowed in the Lake District National Park, including the area around Scale 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 Scale 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 Scale Force?

Scale 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 Scale Force Waterfall in England.
Photo taken by @feather39 via Instagram.

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