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Whorneyside Force | Hidden Waterfall in the Lake District, England

Updated: Mar 6

Whorneyside Force is a stunning hidden waterfall located on Whorneyside Fell up high on the mountainside. There are some great views down Great Langdale which can be viewed from the waterfall, and you'll more or less have the whole place to yourself!


Image of Whorneyside Force in the Lake District
Photo taken by @jessicabyrne1995 via Instagram.

Sitting in the shadows of Crinkle Crags is one of our favourite waterfalls in the Lake Ditrict, Whorneyside Force. It really is amazing, and it's also the perfect spot for a wild swim if you're up for it in a natural waterfall.

This is such a lovely walk in the Langdale Valley whatever the weather. We have been in the height of Summer and in the snow and ice and both times the scenery has been breath-taking. – Tripadvisor Review

For those exploring with a little one, you can take them to Whorneyside Force since it's easy to reach as there isn't much elevation gain. The last time we went the water looked so magical and green, and it's the perfect destination for a quick dip and a cool down after a busy day hiking around the Lakes.


FAQs/Things to know when visiting Whorneyside Force


1) Where is Whorneyside Force located?

Whorneyside Force is located in the Lake District National Park, near Great Langdale.


2) What makes Whorneyside Force a hidden gem?

Whorneyside Force is considered a hidden gem due to its remote location, tranquil surroundings, and the beautiful cascade of water as it tumbles down a series of rocky steps amidst the rugged landscape of the Lake District. The waterfall offers visitors a peaceful and scenic experience away from the more popular tourist spots.


3) How do I get to Whorneyside Force?

Visitors can access Whorneyside Force by following a footpath from Great Langdale The footpath leads alongside the reservoir and up the valley to the waterfall.


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

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


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

At Whorneyside Force, visitors can admire the beauty of the cascading water as it flows over the rocky steps into the pool below. The area is surrounded by rugged hillsides, lush greenery, and the scenic Crinkle Crags, providing opportunities for hiking, wildlife observation, and photography.


6) Are guided tours available for Whorneyside Force?

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


7) Is Whorneyside Force suitable for families and children?

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


8) Are dogs allowed at Whorneyside Force?

Dogs are allowed at Whorneyside Force, but owners must keep them on a leash and clean up after them to preserve the cleanliness and safety of the area.


9) Are there facilities or amenities near Whorneyside Force?

Great Langdale may offer limited amenities such as parking and restrooms for visitors. It is advisable to come prepared with any necessary supplies for your visit.


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

Whorneyside Force can be visited all year-round, but it is particularly beautiful during the spring when the surrounding hillsides are alive with blooming wildflowers and the waterfall is fed by melting snow and rain. The waterfall can also be impressive after heavy rainfall when the water flow is at its strongest. However, visitors may also enjoy the tranquility of Whorneyside Force during the quieter autumn and winter months.



Image of Whorneyside Force in the Lake District
Photo taken by @x.cvitlin.x via Instagram.

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