Hardraw Force, Hawes

(3.9/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
Hardraw Force is a waterfall on the Hardraw Beck in Hardraw Scar, a wooded ravine just outside the hamlet of Hardraw, 1.5km 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 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.)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 in September is the site of an annual brass band entertainment contest. 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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  • This is worth the short walk through the pub. There is a small charge. Best to go following rainfall to see the waterfall at it's best.  more »
  • We had a pleasant walk across the fields from Hawes. There's now a new visitor centre behind the pub. You walk alongside the Hardraw Beck up to the waterfall. When we were there there hadn't been much...  more »
  • Our granddaughter thought it was fantastic. It's in a lovely quiet location with a very nice cafe to have a treat in on the way out  more »
  • Good beer and a pleasant way to spend an hour or two, having a drink and walking up to the waterfall. Suitable for anyone who wants a walk but gentle gradients. There is a charge but it's for family of 4 it's the cost of a couple of pints and worth while seeing.
  • Well worth going to see how beautiful it really is words cannot describe it.
  • The waterfall is very impressive but the £2.50 entry fee seemed a little high
  • Worth the visit. £2.50 entrance fee to be paid at the Green Dragon, which also serves a tasty meal. Plenty of picnic tables if you want to bring something yourself. It's a short walk to the falls, which are the most impressive in the area
  • Its pleasant but not worth the £2.50 entrance into the short walk. It may be the longest drop but there are more interesting places than here in the Yorkshire Dales.