When I was asked to write a post on Britain’s best waterfalls, I jumped at the opportunity, though it wasn’t until after I accepted the challenge that I realised the sheer abundance of beautiful waterfalls the UK has to offer and just how difficult my task was going to be. On its own, the flowing water is dazzling but there is much more to consider when you are looking for the best in Britain; the height and width of each fall, the surrounding environment and the history of the site all need to be taken into consideration. The five waterfalls listed below really stood out in these categories making them perfect candidates for Britain’s best, but impossible to choose between for the title. So take a look at our top five and see if you can help us narrow down the search for Britain’s best waterfall.
Ingleton Falls, North Yorkshire
Surrounded by ancient woodland, the glorious Ingleton Falls is a famous trail that takes you through an enchanted forest and past a selection of breath-taking waterfalls. The area surrounding the falls is filled with a rich array of plants and wildlife making it a photographers dream location. Open to the public seven days a week the whole year round (closed only at Christmas), this pet friendly trail is a must for anyone in the area.
High Force, Durham
The water flowing through High Force in County Durham faces a terrifying drop of 70 feet before reaching the plunge pool at the bottom, making it the highest uninterrupted drop of water in England! This extravagant waterfall captures your attention with both its beauty and power, making it impossible not to add it to the list of Britain’s best waterfalls. On the site, you will find a gift shop, parking and picnic area so it’s ideal for a family day out.
Falls of Bruar, Scotland
The falls of Bruar are a series of waterfalls in Scotland made famous by Robert Burns in his poem titled “The Humble Petition of Bruar Water to the noble Duke of Athole”. This inspiring selection of waterfalls has been a key tourist attraction in Scotland since the 18th century and shows no sign of losing its popularity any time soon. With both a low energy and high energy walk available through the falls, this attraction is perfect for people of all ages.
Aber Falls, Gwynedd
Surrounded by history, Aber Falls is one of the most beautiful natural attractions Gwynedd has to offer. The tallest of our list, Aber Falls plunges a staggering 120 feet over igneous rock and can be heard from far and wide as the water crashes to the ground. The Aber Valley is a National Trust reserve and an import historic area with several small bronze age settlements lining the path up to the falls; because of this, you will often find small groups of school children investigating the area.
Aysgarth Falls, Yorkshire
If you’re a fan of Robin Hood then the picture above may look familiar to you; featured in the film “Robin Hood – Price of thieves”, Aysgarth Falls has become synonymous with the film for hosting the fight scene between Robin and Little John. The Aysgarth Falls made our list not only because of their movie appearance, but for the beautiful stepping stone appearance which is created when the River Ure tumbles over several sandstone drops.
And there you have it, our selection of Britain’s best waterfalls! If you think you can narrow down the selection and pick one of these stunning waterfalls to be crowned Britain’s best then let us know, we would love to hear your opinion so please feel free to connect with us via Facebook or Twitter.