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High Force Waterfall and NEW Adventure Trail

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High Force Adventure Trail
High Force Adventure Trail

Discover the force of nature at High Force Waterfall in County Durham!

High Force Waterfall is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in England, located at Forest-in-Teesdale, in the heart of the Durham Dales, Co. Durham. 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!

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.

The spectacular High Force Waterfall (also part of Raby Estates) is one of Upper Teesdale’s most breathtaking natural sights and children can enjoy testing their knowledge with fun and educational family trails along the woodland walk to the waterfall every school holiday. There is also a human sundial.

New High Force Adventurel Trail
Woodland sculpture on High Force Adventure Trail

NEW Adventure Trail

The new exploratory trail at High Force encourages children to engage with nature and see the benefits of outdoor play.

Created by talented wood carvers, a series of intricately carved and thoughtfully designed woodland sculptures have been placed along the walking route for families to discover. From a moon-gazing hare and an observant owl to a beautiful fox and a giant caterpillar, the majestic woodland creatures have made their homes in the magical woods close by to the waterfall.

Stunning woodland sculptures to discover along the walking route

Children can also climb onto a giant’s chair, discover a living bug hotel – which has been created by Raby’s estate ranger, Andy Gibson – and spot a selection of bird boxes in the trees.

Families can pick up a complimentary activity sheet upon arrival which encourages children to engage their senses on this magical woodland adventure – listening to the sounds all around them and witnessing the delights of nature in this landmark location.

For more information please visit the High Force Waterfall website

New Raby Estates app
New Raby Estates app

Raby Estates App

A new Raby Estates app has also been created to enhance the overall visitor experience at High Force Waterfall and the surrounding area.

Users can discover local walking routes via an interactive map, create their own bespoke tour of the waterfall walk by filtering different points of interest including wildlife, geology and landscape plus history and art, and can also locate nearby facilities including food outlets, motorhome stopovers, picnic areas and toilets.

An itinerary function is also available via app, enabling visitors to plan their day, and ticket links for upcoming events and special offers can be accessed as well.

The Raby Estates app is available to download for free via the App Store.

High Force Hotel

The newly refurbished High Force Hotel is the perfect place to stop during your visit for lunch, refreshments or even a longer stay in one of the elegantly decorated rooms.  The Hotel serves a delicious Sunday roast every week from 11am to 4pm and has a full menu available daily for lunch and evening meals. Tables can also be booked for breakfast with sandwiches, drinks and light refreshments served all day. Call 01833 622336 to reserve your table.

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