Top 10 Waterfalls in Britain

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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.

High Force – Image Credit : Colin Gregory

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.

Henrhyd Falls – Image Credit : Matthew Gilder

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.

Pistyll Rhaeadr – Image Credit : Gary Freemantle

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.

Aira Force – Image Credit : Simon Bramwell

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.

Eas a’ Chual Aluinn – Image Credit : a.poll_o

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).

Hardraw Force – Image Credit : Colin Gregory

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.

Gaping Gill – Image Credit : Stephen Archer

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.

Falls of Clyde – Image Credit : Scotland By Camera

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.

Falls of Glamach – Image Credit : Wojsyl

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.

Mealt Falls – Image Credit : Philip N Young

Header Image – Eas a’ Chual Aluinn – Image Credit : a.poll_o


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