Visit to Hardraw Force

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

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 new and pleasant heritage centre, shop and cafe (£2.50 per adult/£1.50 per child, 2018), a good break on the walk. The Green Dolphin pub is also on site for those after a pint!

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