Hardraw Force, Hawes

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Hardraw Force (OS grid ref: SD869917) is a waterfall on the Hardraw Beck in Hardraw Scar, a wooded ravine just outside the hamlet of Hardraw, 0.9 miles (1.5 km) north of the town of Hawes, Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales. The Pennine Way long distance footpath passes close by.

Comprising a single drop of 100 feet (30 m) from a rocky overhang, Hardraw Force is claimed to be England's highest unbroken waterfall – at least discounting underground falls. The underground waterfall inside nearby Gaping Gill on the western flank of Ingleborough has an unbroken fall of over 300 feet (91 m).
Geologically, the bed of the river and plunge pool is shale; on top of that is sandstone and the top layer is carboniferous limestone.

Public viewing of the falls is available through a turnstile located to one side of the Green Dragon Inn in Hardraw village. It is currently £4 per adult, £2.50 per child. Access behind the falls is now prohibited.

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  • Lovely waterfalls. Fairly easy to find as they are just off the main road. They easy to access if you are able bodied. And they are free!! 
    Lovely waterfalls. Fairly easy to find as they are just off the main road. They easy to access if you are able bodied. And they are free!!  more »
  • My son and I spent an hour at the waterfall. It is a short fairly easy walk from the car park. The path ends in a position giving a good view of the fall and the plunge pool. For me it was 'a... 
    My son and I spent an hour at the waterfall. It is a short fairly easy walk from the car park. The path ends in a position giving a good view of the fall and the plunge pool. For me it was 'a...  more »

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