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Skelwith Force | Hidden Waterfall in Lake District, England

Updated: Jan 2

Skelwith Force is a stunning spot in the Lake District, with nature showing off its beauty and power. Visitors can enjoy a selection of natural waterfalls with some amazing scenery around it, and is easily accessible from the footpath. It's family friendly and we definitely recommend a visit to those in the area.

Image of Skelwith Force Waterfall in England.
Photo taken by @amisekhon via Instagram.

Skelwith Force really is a gorgeous location, and you'll have to walk a beautiful and easy hike to get too it which is an added bonus! There's a bridge called the Trevor Woodburn Bridge which goes across the waterfall meaning you can step onto the rocks beside the falls.

Please take extra caution though as majority of the time the rocks can be very slippery as well as the waterfall being fast and deep.

We went for an evening walk here in August, as it was much quieter then. A nice place to scramble on the rocks so close to the fall. A woodland walk over the bridge takes you to the other side of the waterfall. – Google Review

If you've got time to kill, we recommend making a loop walk and visiting both Skelwith Force and Colwith Force! Both are best seen after heavy rain when the rivers are in spate.

Things to know before visiting Skelwith Force Waterfall

  • Visitors can enjoy wild swimming when they visit Skelwith Force.

  • Skelwith Force is dog friendly, however please do keep the dogs on the leads.

  • From what we can see, all ages can admire the waterfall so its safe to say this hidden gem is child-friendly.

Image of Skelwith Force Waterfall in England.
Photo taken by @walkingofftheweek via Instagram.

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