Swindale Waterfall Walk

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8.9 km
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411 m
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Swindale Waterfall Walk

The Swindale Waterfall Walk is a fun adventure that will lead you through some beautiful Lake DIstrict terrain to visit a series of cascading waterfalls. A good portion of the route utilizes the road; however, the beautiful scenery surrounding you and the peaceful setting of the falls is enough to make you forget about this part of the walk. There is a bit of uphill walking to reach the falls, making this a fun and slightly challenging journey that is perfect as a weekend excursion.

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Route Description for Swindale Waterfall Walk

A popular route with beginner and casual walkers, the Swindale Waterfall Walk features some truly beautiful views and easy to manage terrain, making it perfectly suitable for adventurers of almost any skill level. This moderate length trail follows along Swindale Lane as it runs parallel to a stream along the valley floor, eventually transitioning to a walking trail before the climb up the steep terrain at the foot of Nabs Moor and High Wether Howe. Upon traversing the hillside, you will arrive at a series of beautiful waterfalls along Mosedale Beck known as Forces Falls. After taking in the views, retrace your steps along the trail to return to the parking area where you started your journey.

Getting to the Swindale Waterfall Walk Trailhead

To reach the trailhead for the Swindale Waterfall Walk from the village of Keld, drive southwest for 1.0 km and turn right to continue on for 3.2 km. Make a left and follow the road for 1.6 km to find a layby for parking on the right

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  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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