The walk to Hardraw Force from Hawes is along the River Ure. The 100 foot waterfall, set in some attractive woodland, make the walk worthwhile. There is a cafe and shop at the entrance to the waterfall (small charge).
The walk to Hardraw Force is one of the most popular things to do when visiting the Yorkshire Dales. It is ‘apparently’ the highest single drop waterfall in England at over 100 foot and is pleasantly accessed at the end of a quiet area of woodland. Hardraw Force can only be visited through the new and pleasant heritage centre, shop and cafe. The centre certainly adds to the walk. The Green Dolphin pub is also on site for those after a pint. The pub was used for inside pub scenes in the recent James Herriott TV series.
The walk through the woods is very short so I have extended it to Hawes and included a pleasant riverside section of the River Ure. Rather than return on the same path I have extended the walk to include a section of the old railway and a visit to the pretty village of Appersett. Interestingly there is more talk about re-opening the old railway. At present it terminates at Redmire but in the past went past Hawes to climb up to Garsdale and link with the Settle to Carlisle railway. How much fun would that be!
The walk between Hawes and Hardraw is very pleasant and adds to the visit to the falls. However it is often flooded after heavy rains.
The path to Hardraw is just over the road bridge. Fortunately a finger signpost points the way.
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.
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