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Visit to Hardraw Force

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  • 100 foot single span waterfall
  • Pleasant riverside walk
  • Start from busy Hawes

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Hardraw Force is certainly something ‘to do’ when visiting the Yorkshire Dales. It is apparently the highest single drop waterfall in England at over 100 foot and is situated at the end of a quiet area of woodland. Hardraw Force can only be accessed through the Green Dragon pub for a nominal fee of £2 (I have no problem with the fee aside from the fact that the pub is missing a trick – a captive audience). However this may be what the heritage centre will be, my last visit was when it was still being built.

The walk through the woods is very short and not worthy of the name so I have extended it to Hawes and a lovely section of the River Ure. I also have included a section of the old railway and a visit to the pretty village of Appersett which does create a very pleasant 1/2 day walk.  Any walk in which you are obliged to go through a pub (nice one too), sounds okay to me

Recommend: The walk between Hawes and Hardraw is  very pleasant and adds to the visit to the falls.

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Hardraw Falls map

 

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL30 Yorkshire Dales North & Central Buy Map
Start Point: SD 870898. Parking is available in Hawes or up at Hardraw
Height to Climb: 41 ms (134 feet)
Terrain: The route described is straightforward and easy to follow.The route from the pub to the falls is wheelchair/pushchair friendly.
Eating & Drinking: Hawes has a vast choice of places to eat and drink. The Green Dragon at Hardraw is fine but very dark inside.
Similar Walks Nearby: A Wensleydale Highway
The waterfalls above Askrigg
Hidden Semer Water
Places to Stay:

 

Stone House Hotel, nr Hawes




Comments

  1. Sue Hickey says:

    We attempted this walk, but when we arrived at the disused railway, our way was barred with barbed wire and there was a notice saying that that there was no public access. We could not find another path near to the railway, but had our o/s map and followed a path which took us over the top of the hill to Thorns.

  2. Emma Graham says:

    Thanks for recommending this walk. We had a fantastic time and took this picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pysces/8555547750/

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