**The waterfall walkway is open daily, 10am – 4pm. The refreshment kiosk at High Force is open daily, serving takeaway food and refreshments. Please check here for Coronavirus updates.**
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!
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. 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.
The woodland walk leads to this breathtaking sight. As you begin the descent down the gentle slope the well-maintained path twists and turns giving a different view every few yards. The muffled rumble suddenly turns to a roar and the sight astounds you.
High Force commands your respect. Its power is its beauty, but it must be treated with care and children should be supervised at all times.
High Force is an incredible sight at any time of the year, however the Winter months can be when you are able to see it at its most powerful, especially after heavy rainfall when it flows with tremendous force. If we have had a prolonged period of severe cold, you might even be lucky enough to see it freeze.
The woodland walkway is open all year round and the gates open from 9am until early evening or dusk. Tickets can be purchased from the High Force Hotel (opposite the entrance gate) or the kiosk which is open every day throughout the summer and weekends during the winter months
Please remember to keep hold of your tickets, as you will need then to present to the attendant along the route.
Admission fees apply to help us maintain the footpaths and walkways and keep routes safe and open throughout the year. It also ensures our staff can clear litter and helps us to reduce our impact on the local environment by working with nature to protect sensitive wildlife. We are committed to preserving and protecting our site for future generations to enjoy.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£2.00 per ticket type|
|Child (under 16yrs )||£1.00 per ticket type|
Under 5s: Free.
- VAQAS VB Attraction
- Visit England VAQAS 2019
- Visit Britain We're Good To Go 2020
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Travelers Choice 2020
- Very Good331
- britton10South Shields, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesGorgeousWednesday, 31st March 2021Well 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... Read full review
- duncan rPeterhead, United KingdomMake sure you buy parking tickets as well as visitor tickets.Wednesday, 7th April 2021BEWARE! 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. Read full review
- 992angusjTrip Type:Friends getawayExpensiveWednesday, 14th April 2021Waterfall is nice but it’s just ran by money grabbers. They fine you for a car park you actually did buy a ticket for. Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
Parking & Transport
- Parking (charge) - £2.00 per car
- Dogs Accepted - On short leads only.
|Season (1 Apr 2021 - 31 Oct 2021)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:00|
|Winter Season (1 Nov 2021 - 30 Mar 2022)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:00|
|Bank Holiday||10:00||- 16:00|
* October - Easter: Visitor facilities closed. In adverse weather it may be necessary to close High Force in the interest of safety, please check the weather forecast before travelling. Closed Christmas Day.
Map & Directions
Nearest major road is A66. From the A1(M) take the A66 to Bowes/Barnard Castle turn off and pick up the signs for High Force, which is on B6277 Middleton in Teesdale to Alston Road.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest train station - DarlingtonNearest bus stop - Forest in Teesdale (timings depend on season and day)