Please note: due to recent storms access to the waterfall viewing platform is closed. Even though you can’t get as close to the waterfall as usual you can enjoy the best view possible from the other footpaths. For full up to date information please visit The National Trust website.
Aira Force is a waterfall in Matterdale in the Lake District, 25 miles south of the City of Carlisle. Postcode CA11 0JY.
There are several car parks that you could make use of for this family friendly walk. High Cascades, where we usually park, is a National Trust pay & display car park and it is approximately a 1.7 mile loop from here. Crossing the road and entering the National Trust gate you will see the path leading down towards the main Aira Force path. The views from this route are beautiful. Once you make it down the hill you reach the main path where you can follow the signs for the waterfall. This route takes us approximately 1 hour 30 minutes to complete – baring in mind we have lots of little legs and explorers that do take up more time.
An alternative car park, Park Brow, is much closer to the waterfall but we do find this car park can get busy. At the bottom of this walk you will then find the main Aira Force National Trust car park. Here you will find a cafe and toilets.