High Force is one of the most impressive waterfalls in England. The River Tees has been plunging into this gorge for thousands of years but the rocks it reveals are far more ancient – with origins dating back over 300 million years!

Changing Landscapes

High Force Waterfall is situated within the beautiful Upper Teesdale countryside in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Surrounded by a stunning, upland landscape the area offers wide-open moors, flower-rich hay meadows, intimate woods, inky-black night skies, curious wildlife, fascinating industrial heritage and tumbling rivers. The awe-inspiring 21-metre cascade is just a few minutes’ walk from The High Force Hotel, allowing guests to enjoy exclusive out of hours access to the waterfall. Artist J.M.W. Turner painted the waterfall in 1822 and the scenic location continues to draw visitors back to enjoy a colour palette that changes over all four seasons, from the bright blue summer skies, orange autumnal colours, crisp icy winter mornings and vibrant greens of nature bursting to life in spring.


Dark Skies

The North Pennines is officially the darkest mainland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. High Force Waterfall is situated in some of England’s darkest night skies providing jaw-dropping stargazing opportunities. Currently, the majority of us live under light-polluted skies in England, but in the North Pennines, we see thousands of stars compared to cities and towns, and on a lucky night you can also experience the mystical aurora of the Northern Lights.


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