Stanley Force

Stanley Force is probably the most dramatically located of the Lake District's waterfalls, dropping into a narrow rock-line ravine, with cliffs towering 150 feet above the plunge pool, and approached along a narrow path that clings to the side of the cliffs.

Stanley TarnStanley Force is located at the western end of Eskdale, and can easily be reached from the car park between Beckfoot and Dalegarth stations on the Eskdale railway. After a pleasant walk through a beck-side forest the cliffs begin to rise, and the valley narrows, until we reach a bridge with a stile and warning signing in the middle.

At this point a side path climbs up the western slopes of the valley to come to the upper viewpoint, a particularly unnerving place, lined with bare rocks and with a 150ft drop down to the stream below. The only way to see the falls from here is to approach the edge, and the view isn't actually particularly impressive - the view from below is rather better. The path to the lower viewpoint is cut into the base of the cliff, and can be slippery in wet weather, but is well worth the effort.

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