The attraction of waterfalls

I have often wondered why I – and many others – enjoy looking at waterfalls. From small spouts that trickle to larger forces that dispense huge quantities of water, waterfalls have intrigued my imagination over the years. I especially remember walking behind the curtain of water that is Niagara Falls. Wow! What an experience!

The Lake District of course has its share of waterfalls, many of which are easily accessible and very pretty to look at. Two of the closest ones to Blenheim Lodge, our Bowness guest house, are Colwith Force and Stockghyll Force. These falls look tame in comparison to Niagara Falls, but I certainly would not want to be that certain piece of debris that falls down either one of their trajectories.

A photo to whet one's appetite for exploring the English Lakes. This is Colwith Force, near Ambleside and not far from Blenheim Lodge. (Photo courtesy of

A photo to whet one’s appetite for exploring the English Lakes. This is Colwith Force, near Ambleside and not far from Blenheim Lodge. (Photo courtesy of

I think the magnificence of waterfalls here in the Lake District lies partly in their surrounding landscapes. The fact is that the Lake District is probably one of the bonniest parts of the world – and the waterfalls contribute to and are similarly enhanced by that beauty. After all, the falls here are not grand, like Victoria Falls, with the tallest force, Scale Force, only being all of 172 feet high! Nonetheless, our Lakeland falls hold their own individual charms.

scale force, crummock water

Scale Force at Crummock Water, Lake District. (Photo courtesy of

One of the most visited waterfalls in the Lake District is Aira Force. Located in a Victorian parkland by the same name, visiting Aira Force typifies the Lakeland outing which combines spectacular mountain scenery and stunning Lakeland waters.

Waterfall in the Lake District

Stunning Aira Force waterfall by Ullswater in the English Lake District.

One of my favourite forces is Skelwith Force. This 15-foot force is situated about 20 minutes’ drive from Blenheim Lodge, and can look spectacular in flood!

Skelwith Force - spectacular in flood! (Photo courtesy of

Skelwith Force – spectacular in flood! (Photo courtesy of

Now for a calm looking waterfall as I come to the end of this post!

stockghyll force, ambleside, lake district

‘A short walk from the centre of Ambleside . . . leads to Stock Ghyll Force, a spectacular 70 foot waterfall which may be viewed safely from a railed viewpoint. In spring the area under the trees is a carpet of daffodils.’ (Words and photo courtesy of

Blenheim Lodge provides a convenient base in Bowness-on-Windermere for exploring the Lake District. Why not stay at our guest house and include the forces of the Lake District amongst your Lakeland discoveries? We are sure you will think they are just as beautiful in the flesh as they are in these images!

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One Response to The attraction of waterfalls

  1. BeWithUs says:

    Lovely! Cheers~ 😀

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