Hardraw Force, Hawes

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Hardraw Force is a waterfall on the Hardraw Beck in Hardraw Scar, a wooded ravine just outside the hamlet of Hardraw at the foot of Buttertubs Pass and the head of Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales. The Pennine Way long distance footpath passes close by.Comprising a single drop of 100 feet 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.)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 Hardraw Force is rather unusual, as the visitor has to go through the bar of the Green Dragon Inn public house in Hardraw to reach the falls; an entrance fee is payable on the way through the pub. It is currently £2.50 per adult, £1.50 per child. Access behind the falls is now prohibited.Hardraw ScarHardraw Scar is a limestone gorge located behind the Green Dragon inn at Hardraw near Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales. It is a natural amphitheatre and is the site of an annual brass band entertainment contest in September. The contest attracts bands from all over the North of England and is a popular event amongst players and audiences alike.
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  • We chose a walking route on 8th February which took this waterfall in. We were looking forward to having our lunch in the pub too. We weren't the only ones either as there were others there too. The p...  more »
  • if you visit the waterfall after a heavy rainstorm you will be impressed you will see the waterfall at its best it is not much to look at after a dry spell it is worth a trip into the pub while you ar...  more »
  • Walked to Hardraw Force on new years day, definitely worth a visit for the views and scenery alone. If you want to get close up, would suggest taking some wellies!