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Scale Force, Cockermouth

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#5 of 10 in Parks in Cockermouth
Waterfall · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
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Hidden in a deep, tree-lined gorge, Scale Force remains one of the highest waterfalls in the Lake District. A slender, glimmering fall of water plunges from the height of 52 m (170 ft) through the trees that, as the writer Samuel Taylor Coleridge put it, "hang before it like the bushy hair over a madman's eyes." It's easily accessible from the Buttermere village; just follow a rocky lakeshore path past the farm, across several footbridges, and through the woods. The wider, lower section of the waterfall remains more attractive and you can climb right to the base of it to get a better look. Add Scale Force and other attractions to your Cockermouth trip itinerary using our Cockermouth trip planner.
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  • Waterfall was running fast as the rain had been falling for almost a month. I took a great picture with the sunlight shining. stunning nature 
    Waterfall was running fast as the rain had been falling for almost a month. I took a great picture with the sunlight shining. stunning nature  more »
  • Not to be confused with the one right next to buttermere (which is lovely in itself), this one overlooks crummock water and is snuggled in the fells and can be tricky to get to. It is impressive... 
    Not to be confused with the one right next to buttermere (which is lovely in itself), this one overlooks crummock water and is snuggled in the fells and can be tricky to get to. It is impressive...  more »

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