Hardraw Force

Hardraw Force

Hardraw Force is a spectacular waterfall in a wooded ravine just outside the tiny hamlet of Hardraw near to Hawes at the foot of Buttertubs Pass and the head of Wensleydale in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, where the Pennine Way passes close by.

Comprising a single drop of 100 feet from a rocky overhang, Hardraw Force is claimed to be Britain's highest unbroken waterfall - at least discounting underground falls. [N.B. The waterfall inside nearby Gaping Gill on the western flank of Ingleborough has an unbroken fall of over 300 feet, but that is underground and hidden from view from the surface..]

Hardraw Force was painted by J.M.W. Turner, and the ravine in to which it falls was once crossed by the celebrated French tightrope walker Blondin (who was famed for his crossings of Niagara Falls).

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