Experience the exhilaration of some of the country's highest waterfalls.

 

 

... dashing and flashing and splashing and clashing;
And so never ending, but always descending,
Sounds and motions for ever and ever are blending
All at once and all o'er, with a mighty uproar, -
And this way the water comes down at Lodore.

Robert Southey

In the early spring time the Lake District rivers are often in full flow, gushing with torrents of water.   It is the most spectacular time to see some of the UK’s most breathtaking waterfalls.  There are so many to choose from; ranging from the well-known grandeur of thundering Aira Force in the north lakes to the quieter, but no more breath-taking, 70 foot Tom Gill close to the beauty spot of Tarn Hows. Some require a good walk to get to, such as Sour Milk Gill, where as others, such as Skelwith and Colwith Force, are a quick hop from your car. Others have inspired poets such as William Wordworth and Robert Southey but some falls remain hidden, just waiting for you to find them.

During February, March and April we have put together a dinner inclusive package, along with a Guide to the Lakes Best Known Waterfalls. We can tailor each visit to you, even arranging your own personal walking guide who can show you the awe-inspiring as well as the hidden, romantic falls.

Here is our suggested itinerary;

On your day of arrival, we will have your room ready for your after 2pm, but this shouldn’t stop you from arriving early as we can look after all your bags while you head straight off to bag your first waterfall.  We suggest Rydal Falls, a short drive away in the direction of Grasmere.

The falls are a Lake District landmark, with literary connections and are located only a short distance from Rydal Mount, home of poet William Wordsworth .  A walk to the falls can easily be combined with a visit to Rydal Mount but make sure you are back in time for your afternoon tea at Holbeck Ghyll.  We are able to hang any damp coats in our boiler room as waterfall watching does have its hazards!

Your table is booked in our restaurant at a time convenient to you.  David McLaughlin has held a Michelin star since 2000 and the package includes dining from the a la carte menu.  After a most delightful meal your luxurious bedroom with a spectacular view over Lake Windermere awaits.

A hearty breakfast should be taken when you awake as this is the day when you will see two of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Lake District.

For those who enjoy a good walk you must visit Scale Force, the highest in the Lake District measuring 210 feet in all.  Scale is a very attractive waterfall located part way up Scale Fell, on the south-western banks of Crummock Water.

Or you could visit the more accessible Aira Force. Located next to Ulswater, the circular path leads to a pair of footbridges across Aira Beck, one above Aira Force and one below the falls. The best view is to be had from the lower viewpoint, where you can best see the falls as the water plunges down through a cleft in the rock. This view offers the 'picture postcard' vantage point, taking in the lovely upper bridge as it arches across the Aira.

We provide you with a tasty picnic and a flask of warming soup to make sure that you get to spend as much time as possible next to these thundering beauties.  Then, on your way back to the hotel, we suggest that you take in the 70ft of Stock Ghyll Force in Ambleside.  A popular Lake District destination since Victorian times, this divided waterfall is located a short walk up the hill from the centre of Ambleside village. The waterfall can be reached - appropriate enough - via Stockghyll Lane, on the northeast outskirts of the village. The path is well signposted from the village centre.

Again, your package includes afternoon tea, which, today, could be toasting crumpets and marsh mallows by one of our roaring log fires.  All the walking and fresh air will have made sure that you have a good appetite for this evening’s Michelin starred meal and that you will sleep soundly, awaking in the morning swathed in the comfort of our soft linens.

You can luxuriate with breakfast in bed before your visit your last waterfall, Skelwith Force.  This is a one of the smaller Lake District waterfalls but is also one of the easiest to reach, yet it remains relatively unknown, and lightly visited.

For those who have a bit more time, we suggest Tom Gill Falls by Coniston. The lovely man-made lake of Tarn Hows draws many visitors each year. Most come by car, but there is another way to reach Tarn Hows, a bit more energetic, but very rewarding, and one that most visitors are unaware of. That route leads along beautiful Tom Gill, a tumbling stream which features not one, but two, attractive waterfalls.

These waterfalls are our favourites but we know quite a number more!  When you arrive we can suggest great walks for the dog or fabulous views for the family.

The Waterfall Watching Package includes two nights accommodation in a lake-view room, dinner each evening in our Michelin star restaurant, afternoon tea on both days as well as full English breakfasts.  We also provide written information on a selection of waterfalls, a picnic and hot soup for two on one day. Prices start from £175 per person per night, Sunday to Thursday or from £200 per person per night at weekends.

For those who know the Lakes very well and are looking to find places that they didn’t know existed, Mark Eddy, our Walking Guide, is available at £250 per day to show you hidden areas and reveal Lakeland secrets.