Waterfalls stir the imagination of painters and nature lovers alike, due to their beauty and magnificence in sculpturing a path in the natural geology. Here are ten of the most majestic waterfalls in Britain (in no particular order).
1 – High Force
High Force is a curtain waterfall in the North Pennines on the River Tees in County Durham. The entire river plunges 21 metres over a cliff face into a large gorge. During heavy rainfall, the river overflows a tributary channel and can create a second waterfall just adjacent to the primary water flow.
2 : Henrhyd Falls
Henrhyd Falls is a waterfall located in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales on a small river called the Nant Llech. The falls flow into a large gorge with a drop of 27 metres, making it one of the tallest waterfalls in southern Wales.
3 : Pistyll Rhaeadr
Pistyll Rhaeadr is a waterfall located in Powys, Wales, on the Afon Disgynfa where it joins the River Rhaeadr. The falls drop in three stages, covering a height of 73 metres and flows through a natural bridge formation.
4 – Aira Force
Aira Force is a waterfall located in the Lake District of England on a stream called the Aira Beck (notably mentioned in the works of William Wordsworth). The falls drop 22 metres into a rocky pool, followed by various other connected falls along the stream as it descends down the slopes of the fells into the Ullswater.
5 – Eas a’ Chual Aluinn
Eas a’ Chual Aluinn is a waterfall located south of Kylesku in Sutherland, Scotland. The waterfall is the highest in the United Kingdom, with a drop of 200 metres flowing into Loch Beag.
6 – Hardraw Force Falls
Hardraw Force is a waterfall near Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales on the Hardraw Beck in Hardraw Scar. The waterfall drops 30 metres from a rocky overhang, Hardraw Force is claimed to be England’s highest unbroken waterfall (discounting underground waterfalls).
7 – Gaping Gill
Gaping Gill (also known as Gaping Ghyll) is a natural cave in North Yorkshire, England where the Fell Beck stream flows into a deep pothole. The waterfall drops 98 metres onto the cave’s bouldery floor and eventually resurges adjacent to Ingleborough Cave.
8 – The Falls of Clyde
The Falls of Clyde is located in South Lanarkshire, Scotland on the River Clyde. The falls comprise of the upper falls of Bonnington Linn, Corra Linn, Dundaff Linn, and the lower falls of Stonebyres Linn. Corra Linn is the highest, with a fall of 26 metres.
9 – Falls of Glomach
The Falls of Glomach, also called the Hidden Falls is located in Ross-shire, Scotland. The falls drop 113 metres making it one of the tallest waterfalls in Scotland.
10 – Mealt Falls
Mealt Falls, also named Kilt Rock Waterfall is located on the Isle of Sky in Scotland and flows down the edge of Kilt rock. The falls drop 55 metres directly into the Atlantic Ocean.
Header Image – Eas a’ Chual Aluinn – Image Credit : a.poll_o