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, 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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  • August 20, 2017
    What a rip off for £2.50 each. Argarth falls is nicer and free!! It's only a 5 min walk from the pub to the falls. Don't get me wrong it is pretty but there are so many prettier and free things to do ...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    The falls were in full flood yesterday awe inspiring. A short walk to the falls on level ground and we did not mind the £2.50 charge as they are privately owned.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The drive to High Force took us through some beautiful countryside with fabulous views. The car park is pleasant and surrounded by grass with some picnic tables and benches . Ideal for a pre packed pi...  more »
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  • What a beauty. Please go to the top of the waterfall it's amazing honestly up there, but please be careful. It seems on pictures smaller than in reality. You need to go through pub and pay £2.5 per person but if you fully use all paths it's well worth it!!!!! You need to turn right up the hill after about 50 yards after you enter there's a path.
  • 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.
  • Nice waterfall, very easy to get too. Best seen after heavy rain.
  • Beautiful scenery around the gorge and England's highest waterfall. Lovely views for a family picnic
  • Excllent place in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, get your tickets inside The Green Dragon Inn then a short walk to the waterfall!

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