High Force Waterfall

High Force Waterfall, Middleton in Teesdale: Address, Phone Number, High Force Waterfall Reviews: 4.5/5

High Force Waterfall
4.5
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High Force is one of the most impressive waterfalls in England. The River Tees has been plunging into this gorge for thousands of years but the rocks it reveals are far more ancient – with origins dating back over 300 million years! THE EXPERIENCE From its rise as a trickle, high on the heather covered fells at the top of the North Pennines, to the top of the whin sill rock at Forest-in-Teesdale, the River Tees steadily grows and gathers pace, then it suddenly and spectacularly drops 21 metres into the plunge pool below. A gentle and pretty woodland walk leads you to view this spectacular sight at the base of the falls. OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY High Force is surrounded by the stunning countryside of Upper Teesdale and is situated in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A variety of animal and plant life can be seen at High Force throughout the seasons, from a vast array of wildflowers, ferns and towering trees, to roe deer and rabbits.
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Angus J
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Expensive
Apr 2021 • Friends
Waterfall is nice but it’s just ran by money grabbers. They fine you for a car park you actually did buy a ticket for.
Written 14 April 2021
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duncan r
Peterhead, UK2 contributions
Make sure you buy parking tickets as well as visitor tickets.
Mar 2021
BEWARE! Buying tickets for entry to High Force waterfall does not include parking, for which you will have to pay extra. Failure to realise this will result in a £60 fine.
Written 7 April 2021
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britton10
South Shields, UK456 contributions
Gorgeous
Mar 2021 • Couples
Well organised, beautiful setting, fabulous waterfall, highly recommend a visit , social distancing in place, opportunities to clean / sanitise hands, careful on the road you have to cross from carport though - gets busy and no clear crossing near by
Written 31 March 2021
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Anthony W
Bishop Auckland, UK50 contributions
Fabulous place turned into a tourist trap.
Dec 2020
High Force is an amazing waterfall and deserves 10 stars. I used to go to the falls as a child and loved every visit. Unfortunately, the falls have now been turned into a tourist trap with a very limited prescribed walk. The walk now takes about 10 minutes and there is no deviation from a stone path. It's such a shame. This used to be an amazing place to visit.

If you're planning a visit from out of the area. Palk 1 mile down the road next to low force waterfall and walk on the opposite side of the river to the road. That walk will take you all the way to high force on the opposite side to the tourist tap.
Written 3 January 2021
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Dear B5257TA, Firstly thank you for choosing to visit High Force and for leaving your review. I agree that the waterfall is quite amazing and takes some beating. I am sorry that you left feeling disappointed after your most recent trip, i can only assume that you were unable to complete the full route for some reason, we do now have a new circular route in place which takes in a lovely woodland walk, very occasionally this section of the route can be closed if the weather is poor. I hope you do decide to come back and experience our new route, its certainly more than a stone path and has lots of interesting terrain along the woodchipped route on the way back up. The circular route will take about 30 minutes to complete if you don't stop to take pictures, so i wonder if you have taken a different route if it only took 10 minutes? We believe that High Force represents good value for money for a well maintained and safe family environment. I do hope you will decide to come back and visit in the future. Kind regards Andrew Lindsey General Manager High Force Hotel & Waterfall
Written 5 February 2021
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Quest01603237864
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HIGH FORCE WATERFALL TEESDALE CO DURHAM ENGLAND UK
Dec 2020
Arrived here XMAS DAY found the footpath gates for the path to the foot of the waterfall outside the hotel hightened to 6ft and decorated with barbed wire supported by half a mile on each side with 3ft high barbed wire fence on top of existing old stone wall thanks to the landowner RABY ESTATES -maybe closed due to COVID- a simple closed sigh would be enough , If someone wants to climb over its their risk , this approach I find highly offensive given its in a designated area of outstanding beauty . half a mile before here from middleton is ETTERSGILL where at the road junction is a small dirt carpark for about 4 cars and now RABY ESTATES as erected a sign forbidding car parking .... have they lost the plot !!!!are they so desperate for cars in the pay car park they have to do this !!! Some comment on trip advisor about the gate from the bottom of the falls to the top is locked , this is because of the high number of tourists that fall off the top of the falls into the pool , the force of the river suction holds you under. RIP. the best idea is from ETTERSGILL road junction take the dirt road towards the TEES, cross the bridge and turn right along THE PENNINE WAY PUBLIC FOOTPATH to the top of the falls ALL FOR FREE!!!! , ..High FORCE itself worth 100 STARS !!
Written 1 January 2021
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Dear Quest016013237864, Thank you for leaving your review, Christmas Day is the only day of the year that we don't open so I am sorry that the route was closed when you visited on Christmas Day. We have recently improved our security to the perimeter of the woodland leading to High Force on the north banks of the river, unfortunately we experienced a number of instances early last year of anti-social behaviour when the attraction was closed, this resulted in significant damage to life saving equipment, fencing and signage, therefore we improved security to protect our assets and ensure that High Force remains a safe and enjoyable environment for all of our visitors. High Force woodland walk as you rightly state is owned and operated by Raby Estates who are committed to keeping the route open and accessible to visitors during prescribed hours of opening. Our new circular route provides a covid safe one way system which helps keep to minimise the need for visitors to pass each other along the route. I am sorry that you find our fencing offensive, it certainly wasn't our intention when it was erected. With regards to your comment about the lay by at Ettersgill, the signage in this location has been put up as the layby serves as an agricultural transfer area, its not a designated parking area and therefore needs to be kept clear for the transfer of farming materials and goods. The south bank of the river can provide a view of High Force from the top, however many visitors do like to get close to the bottom of the waterfall which is only accessible from the north banks, our route provides visitors with a safe, accessible and well maintained path for all our visitors to enjoy and explore with breath-taking photo opportunities. Thanks again for your comments and i hope my response has provided you with some clarity and explanation to some of your points. Kind regards Andrew Lindsey General Manager High Force Hotel & Waterfall
Written 5 February 2021
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Dr_Waugh
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK6,062 contributions
Beautiful
Dec 2020 • Family
After visiting the Lake District a few months ago and visiting lots of waterfalls we found out that we were living close to the highest (high force) and longest (cauldron snout) waterfalls in England. We decided a visit was a must.

We visited low force first and as it was bitterly cold we chose to drive to High Force Hotel and park there to visit high force. A walk along the Pennine way from low force to high force would have been lovely and lots did this.

We parked up and paid (lots of negative comments about the APN/car park). Then walked over the road and turned left to walk down through the woods to the bridge and then joined the Pennine way until we got to the falls viewpoint. Again due to cold we didn’t go any further, we got the children back to the car and warmed up.

The falls are beautiful. We took lots of snaps before moving on. You can pay to visit the falls from the northern side and tickets are available from Raby estates at the high force hotel.
Written 31 December 2020
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Dear Dr_Waugh, Thank you for your review following your recent visit to High Force. I was delighted to see that you enjoyed your time in Upper-Teesdale exploring some of the wonderful Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty for which the areas is recognised for. I hope that we see you again soon. Kind regards Andrew Lindsey General Manager High Force Hotel & Waterfall
Written 5 February 2021
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Rebecca B
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Beware Conflicting Parking Information
Sep 2020 • Couples
Pretty place. We arrived there late to look at the stars. We went to pay at the machine which then stated it was a no charge period and there was a notice on the machine stating parking charges apply between 6am and 10pm. This is not the case, as other signs within the carpark apparently have small print stating that parking charges apply 24 hours a day and you have 10 minutes to buy a ticket. Apparently, after appealing a parking fine, the information on the payment machine is not true and is not included as part of the parking contract. Now I have a lovely £100 fine to pay.
Written 30 December 2020
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Dear S3UErebeccab, Thank you for leaving a review on TripAdvisor following your recent visit to High Force Car Park. Our car park is managed by an ANPR system, I am sorry that you found the signage conflicting. I will investigate your point today and should this be the case I will notify the company who look after the car park on our behalf. To be clear, the correct line is that parking charges apply at all times. If you feel you have been issued with a PCN unfairly, you can appeal this by following the appeals process which should be clear on the letter you will have received. If your not happy with the appeal result, you can also take the matter to the independent regulator who will be able to assist you if the penalty has been issued unfairly. If you have any further queries or would like to discuss this matter further, please feel free to contact me directly and I will be happy to assist you if I can. Kind regards Andrew Lindsey General Manager High Force Hotel & Waterfall 01833 622336
Written 5 February 2021
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gomms13
West Sussex, UK512 contributions
Lovely spectacle.
Oct 2020
A spectacular sight and worth the parking and entry fee to see it. A nice walk but unfortunately some access to get closer to the falls was closed off due to social distancing problems during this pandemic. I preferred the Low force falls more as you can get up close and personal with them and an added bonus is they are free and you are free to wander where you want.
Written 12 November 2020
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Lelde S
Southport13 contributions
Stunning view to waterfall
Oct 2020 • Family
Waterfall is a must see.One of most amazing waterfalls seen so far in Uk.Went on rainy day but it didn’t made us to regret.Short walk so easy for everyone.Only be aware of car park we paid £3 for 3h stay and we were in it for about 47 minutes, after a week got sent fine that we haven’t paid appropriately.Good job husband kept the ticket and could prove it otherwise would be £100 fine for nothing.Shame on those people and only what we could see is like we entered car park 13:37and bought ticket 13:40 still think we did it quite quickly considering had person in front of us .Just be aware.
Written 11 November 2020
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joanneg
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK5 contributions
Greedy rip off
Oct 2020 • Family
I would recommend everyone give this place a miss. As soon as you drive into the car park you are clocked on ANPR you then only have 10 mins to obtain a ticket there is only one ticket machine so if there is a queue you have had it. Tried to pay on phone as had no change and you cannot get a signal to do this (o2). If you do not obtain a ticket within 10 minutes you are sent a fine for £100 in the post absolutely disgusting avoid like the plague.
Written 31 October 2020
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Dear Joanegland, Thank you for visiting High Force and for your review. I was sorry to learn of your disappointment following your recent visit, we do use ANPR technology to manage our car parking at High Force, although signage does indicate that you only have 10 minutes to purchase a ticket, an additional period is also allowed to ensure that enough time is given to purchase a ticket. Our visitors can pay for parking at the payment machine, at any of our outlets such as the hotel, the kiosk or by using the payment App. We have recently introduced new payment methods to allow for contactless payments that are quick and easy and able to be completed in one simple transaction for both parking and admission tickets. If you feel that you have been issued with a penalty unfairly, i would urge you to follow the appeals process, or if you contact me, i would be happy to investigate this for you. We take a common sense approach with penalties that are issued and although the car park is managed by a third party company, we can contact them in instances where its clear an error has occurred. Paying for parking at High Force should be a simple, quick and easy process and in the vast majority of cases our visitors experience no problems. If you would like to discuss this matter further, please feel free to contact me, i will do my best to assist you. Kind regards Andrew Lindsey General Manager High Force Hotel & Waterfall
Written 7 February 2021
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