Uldale Force

Uldale Force

Uldale Force is the highest and most impressive of a lovely series of waterfalls that can be found on the River Rawthey as it flows through Uldale.

Visiting Uldale Force is a rather tricky proposition. It sits in a deep ampitheatre of rocks and steep grassy slopes which, in season, are covered with primroses. To get a good look at the waterfall requires either a scramble down the banks or a similarly adventurous approach up the river. Both alternatives come with a certain amount of risk and are not for the faint hearted.

A smaller waterfall just below Uldale Force which can be seen in the background
A smaller waterfall just below Uldale Force which can be seen in the background

On my visit I took the river option, using the path where possible and scrambling over a few of the lower waterfalls along the way. It was an exciting and in places adrenaline filled outing. Unfortunately when I finally arrived at Uldale Force it was to find the sun shining down directly behind the waterfall which made photography rather difficult. I exited by climbing up a steep grassy rake on the northern side, not a route I’d recommend when wet!

The foot of Uldale Force
The foot of Uldale Force

The difficulties in reaching the waterfall make one appreciate Uldale Force all the more upon reaching it. At the foot of the waterfall is a nice pool which looked perfect for cooling the feet on a hot day.

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