High Force Hotel : High and Low Force Waterfalls

Easy and circular walk around High and Low Force Waterfalls.

Technical sheet
No. 4231418
A Newbiggin walk posted on 22/10/20 by Aurelie-21. Update : 24/05/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h25[?]
Distance Distance : 4.69mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 302ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 302ft
Highest point Highest point : 1106ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 873ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Newbiggin
Starting point Starting point : N 54.648794° / W 2.145928°
Download : -
High Force


(D/A) Leave the Hotel crossing the road and bearing left, in 20 meters you will come to a footpath sign directing you down some steps to the right. Down the step, through a gate and along the banks of the Tees until you meet a footbridge.

(1) Cross and turn right. Follow the path up some further steps, through a gate and then through the juniper forest, the largest in England. After 800 meters you will note an unmarked pathway to the right, take this for an excellent view of High Force. Continue for 400 meters until you reach High Force. Please take care as you as looking down at the power of the Falls.

(2) Now return along the path passing the footbridge, going through gates with the Tees always on your left. You have views of Holwick Scars to the right on this stretch of about 1 mile. Coming to a sculpture of two sheep you are now nearly at Low Force.

(3) Cross the Wynch Bridge, built in 1830, one at a time, and enjoy a closer look at Low Force. Then continue on the pathway up to a gate and a squeeze stile into farmland. Cross two fields to reach the road.

(4) Cross the road turning right for a few meters before turning left into a lane with Bowlees Visitor Centre in front of you. Here you can find refreshments and toilets. Follow the directions below to return to High Force hotel.(D/A)

Alternative starting point for the walk : Bowlees Visitor Centre.
Leaving the Visitor Centre turn right to a foot gate in the wall next to a farm gate. You are now walking on the old carriage way up hill through several fields past Ash Hill Farm and then on a paved surface down to Dirt Pit Farm. Passing through the farm and up the hill still on the track to a minor road. Here bear left then immediately right, taking a stile into a large field, cross the field, over a boggy bit, bearing up the field to the right hand wall, then through a gate to another field, heading for the gate in the wall ahead near a barn. Go through the gate and immediately turn left next to the wall and take the stile in the next wall. You are now above High Force car park, walk through the car park back to the hotel.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 922ft - High Force Hotel
1 : mi 2.08 - alt. 948ft - Footbridge
2 : mi 2.74 - alt. 1060ft - High Force Waterfall
3 : mi 4.4 - alt. 876ft - Wynch Bridge
4 : mi 4.59 - alt. 902ft - B6277
D/A : mi 4.69 - alt. 922ft - High Force Hotel

Useful Information

Parking : There is a pay car park for the waterfall to the side of the Hotel, or if you are combining the walk with refreshments at the Hotel you may be able to use their car park - check with hotel staff before setting out. Alternatively you can start the walk from Bowlees Car Park (see alternative directions below) and stop en-roure for a drink and or lunch.

Refreshments : High Force Hotel is open all day 7 days a week. For lunch and dinner there is an ever-changing, selection of bar meals and snacks along with real ales , a selection of wines and non-alcoholic drinks. Rambling Clubs also have the opportunity to benefit from our function room as they can book it for a private gathering. The hotel also offers a take away menu as well as providing packed lunches and picnic boxes. In winter there is an open fire and in summer the beer garden, patio and courtyard are available to customers. Dogs are welcome.

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.5/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 4.5/5
Routemap quality : 4.5/5
Walk interest : 4.5/5

on Tue 05 Oct 2021 13:31:17 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 29/09/21
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Very good walk. Easy with good directions although a bit more clarity on which path to take after Bowlees Visitor Centre would have been useful as two lead off from the same gate (take the left one along a broad track). Superb views of both High and Low Force.

on Mon 17 May 2021 09:27:03 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 28/04/21
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Didn’t do the full circle due to time constraints. Returned via the riverside path. High Force and Low Force are both worth visiting and we will do the full walk when we return.

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