You will discover in this short walk a veritable microcosm of all the wonderful attractions revealed in the Lake District: breath-taking views, waterfalls, woods, meadows and crags. This walk is a very short distance from Glencoyne, the subject of the card image.
From the A592 just after passing a minor road (A5091) from Dockray you will find a National Trust car park on your left.
1. From the car park pass through a gate and you will join a well-worn path across a field and from there through another gate into a wood and cross the bridges there.
2. Continue towards the right then upwards to a fence. Bear left up a bank on a terraced woodland path. Follow path down and over the bridge below Aira Force. Go left up the steps and then bear right onto a good broad path. Just before you reach the bridge over the falls, turn left.
3. After crossing the gated footbridge, bend right up the bank then bear left through a gate to the trees. Continue through the trees to more open fellside. After a gate bear left and follow the fence along to the right. The track will take you over a footbridge and gently climbs to Dockray and the A5091.
4. Turn left at the Royal Hotel. After little more than a quarter of a mile you will see an old quarry on the right. Opposite the quarry there is a gate, on the left. Go through this to descend to another fall, High Force, which can be viewed from a point just above. Be very careful here of slipping on the rocks when they are wet. Turn right along Aira Beck
5. Turn left over the gated footbridge you crossed earlier. Turn sharp right up by a wall. Toward the bottom of the incline fork right. Go over a stile and toward the bridge over Aira Force. Turn left, bearing right to descend to the same route out.
Map: OS Outdoor Leisure Map 5 - English Lakes North Eastern area
Distance: 3 - 4 miles
Time: 2 - 3 hours
Terrain: Moderately easy but some steep and slippery sections after wet weather.