Scale Force, Buttermere

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#5 of 9 in Parks in Cockermouth
Waterfall · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
Hidden in a deep, tree-lined gorge, Scale Force remains one of the highest waterfalls in the Lake District. A slender, glimmering fall of water plunges from the height of 52 m (170 ft) through the trees that, as the writer Samuel Taylor Coleridge put it, "hang before it like the bushy hair over a madman's eyes." It's easily accessible from the Buttermere village; just follow a rocky lakeshore path past the farm, across several footbridges, and through the woods. The wider, lower section of the waterfall remains more attractive and you can climb right to the base of it to get a better look. Add Scale Force and other attractions to your Cockermouth trip itinerary using our Cockermouth trip planner.
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  • We chose the 'Lakeland leisure walks' Scale Force four and a half mile walk, starting from the center of Buttermere. After a gentle walk from the village and negotiating a rather Rocky soft wet and...  more »
  • Lovely area to visit, not too difficult a climb to area where you can see the falls suitably, viewing points about half way up and at the top too. However, be careful, its slippery when wet. Parking.....  more »
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