Hardraw Force, Hawes

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Waterfall · Nature / Park
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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  • What a great place to visit. We enjoyed the walk around to the top of the waterfall. The views are spectacular. We were glad of our walking boots as the route to the top of the waterfall was quite...  more »
  • We visited on a very rainy day towards the end of Oct. Initially we had spotted it on our map and headed towards it as part of a walk we were doing, didn’t realise that it was a chargeable attraction....  more »
  • Whilst Hardraw at 100ft is very spectacular and quite charming as it is in a beautiful valley behind a great pub, it is not the tallest unbroken waterfall in the country, that honour belongs to the...  more »

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