Aira Force

Aira Force (5623)
Aira Force. (Click on the photo for added detail.)

Taking advantage of a quiet moment today to share another photo from this year’s visit to the lakes. One of the walks I did started from one of the car parks near Aira Force and did a circuit around Gowbarrow Park. It’s an easy walk, but with enough ascent and descent to feel like exercise. And with a couple waterfalls along the way (Aira Force is the first, and High Force further upstream), a section of path along a steep bank, and views over Ullswater, there’s enough to keep anyone interested.

I started with a stop at Aira Force itself, which was something I’ve been wanting to visit for a while. This year there had not been much rain, so the volume was rather lower than usual, I suspect. In any case, it’s a relatively small fall, so don’t expect the scale of Niagara. It proved rather tricky to photograph, too, what with the contrast between the brightly lit patches and the much darker shade of the trees. Finding a suitable wide composition was also rather involved. The stone footbridge above gives some sense of scale, and I preferred to have no people in frame. It’s a popular attraction in the area, with good reason. This is also reflected in the (much steeper than usual) parking fees, but if this helps the National Trust manage other less frequented places, I’m not one to complain.

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