Visiting Us for the Day

High Force is an incredible sight at any time of the year, however the Winter months can be when you are able to see it at its most powerful, especially after heavy rainfall when it flows with tremendous force.  If we have had a prolonged period of severe cold, you might even be lucky enough to see it freeze.

The woodland walkway is open all year round and the gates open from 9am until early evening or dusk.  Tickets can be purchased from the High Force Hotel (opposite the entrance gate) or the kiosk which is open every day throughout the summer and weekends during the winter months

Please remember to keep hold of your tickets, as you will need to present to the attendant along the route.

Admission to the falls: Adults (16+): £1.50, Children (5-15): 50p

Admission fees apply to help us maintain the footpaths and walkways and keep routes safe and open throughout the year. It also ensures our staff can clear litter and helps us to reduce our impact on the local environment by working with nature to protect sensitive wildlife.  We are committed to preserving and protecting our site for future generations to enjoy.

High Force Annual Pass

Regular visitors can save money on admission and parking with an Annual Pass.

Adult (1 car with up to 2 adults): £10; Family (1 car with up to 2 adults and 3 children): £15

Annual Pass holders benefit from:

  • Free parking and Waterfall access
  • 10% off in Hotel and kiosk
  • 10% off at Raby Castle (Admissions, Shop and Café)

Safety & Access

High Force can be extremely dangerous and unforgiving by nature; you must respect its tremendous power.  Children and pets should be kept under close supervision at all times, especially at the water’s edge.

There are approximately 26 steps down to the viewing area at the base of the falls; wheelchair users can view the falls from the top of the steps.

In the interests of the safety of all our guests, visitors and staff, we respectfully ask that you follow all safety advice and instructions during your visit.

We ask visitors never to enter the water for any reason. The water levels can change suddenly and without warning, the current is extremely powerful even for experienced swimmers.

Please keep to the footpaths at High Force. We are lucky enough to be situated in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in addition to which, Natural England have designated much of our site a SSSI, this means a site of Special Scientific Interest. As custodians we are tasked with protecting the site and it’s sensitive nature and wildlife. Please help us to do this by following the site notices and keeping to the footpaths.  Please ensure that you use the litter bins provided along the route, litter can cause serious problems for our wildlife and waterways.

Dogs are very welcome along all of the footpaths but to protect the sensitive plants and wildlife, please keep dogs on a lead during your visit.  Be especially careful with dogs around the car park area, not only for the safety of your dog but also to protect livestock in adjoining fields.


We encourage our guests and visitors to take pictures of the wonderful scenery around us and we would love for you to share them with us too on our social media pages.  If we use one of your pictures in our advertising materials, we will enter you into our photo of the season competition where you can win Dinner for Two voucher at the High Force Hotel.

Prior permission must be sought from the Raby Estate for any commercial photography or filming.


The use of drones on or above the ground at High Force is strictly prohibited without express prior permission, this is to protect the health and safety of all visitors and staff.  Drones have also been known to cause disturbances to wildlife and birds. Anyone caught flying a drone will be asked to leave by our staff.