High Force Waterfall

Forest in Teesdale, Middleton, County Durham, DL12 0QG

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.

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 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 to present to the attendant along the route.

Admission to the falls: Adults (16+): £1.50, Children (5-15): 50p

Admission fees apply to help maintain the footpaths and walkways and keep routes safe and open throughout the year. It also ensures staff can clear litter and helps us to reduce our impact on the local environment by working with nature to protect sensitive wildlife. 

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