A natural phenomenon like no other, High Force is one of the most impressive waterfalls in England. Artists, photographers and nature enthusiasts are drawn by High Force’s mighty power and unforgettable beauty, equally glorious at the height or summer or covered in a sprinkling of snow.

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.

High Force Waterfall in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Dark Skies

The North Pennines is the darkest mainland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), attracting thousands of stargazers each year keen to soak up some of England’s darkest night skies. See nighttime transformed into a tapestry of constellations. And if you get really lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights from late September to March.