skip to Main Content

High Force Waterfall


High Force Waterfall 

Discover the force of nature at High Force, 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.

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.

For more information & opening times visit

Back To Top