High Force, Teesdale

High Force, Teesdale

Waterfall power,

Pours over igneous rock,

Washing it away.


High Force waterfall at Middleton-in-Teesdale is 21.5 mtrs (71 ft) high. (Wikipedia)

We visited at the height of a hot summer in 2010, but the force of the water was incredible, even during such a dry season.

It is hard to believe that such a powerful force of water could come from what appeared to be a small stream. The stream of water developed from this:

High Force 13

to this:

High Force 5

simply because of the drop and the narrowness of the cleft in the rock.

The result is a spectacular waterfall, which, although not the highest fall in England, is worthy of the name.

High Force 4

The walk down to the viewpoint, and up to the top of the falls, is not suitable for everyone. But the sheer power of the water pouring over the rocks produces enough of a roar to know that there is a waterfall in the area.

Yet the real beauty of the area is that, despite the intense activity of the water, there is a feeling of peace and the opportunity to savour the moment of simply being there. It is a retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life; an opportunity for mindful contemplation. Listen to the sounds of the water, the wildlife, the wind in the trees, your heartbeat, even.

Water has always been associated with cleansing. Getting a sense of the power of the water, washing over and washing away the rocks, adds to the healing nature of the walk.

You leave, not only with a sense of accomplishment, but also with a sense of peace.

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11 thoughts on “High Force, Teesdale

    • It is, indeed, Seonaid. Although we did not visit on the best of days, it was still a beautiful walk through the woods down to the falls, and back up to the top. Because it was dry, we (I) were able to walk across part of the normal head of the falls to get the photos of the “stream” flowing in.

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