Aira Force waterfall is one of those places of natural beauty with a magnitude that is hard to grasp until you’re staring up at it, agape.
From a stone footbridge, hikers have to strain to see where the water originates some 70-feet above, making it look almost as if the thundering waterfall is falling from the sky.
Situated inside the Lake District National Park in Northern England, Aira Force feels secluded, hidden inside an area of the park largely dominated by a series of trails and a thick, wooded area.
In the 18th century, the Howard family of Greystoke castle used the grounds as a hunting lodge, later transforming part of the land into the garden that hikers now traverse, planted with half a million trees. The family expanded the garden into a proper arboretum in the 19th century, planting 200 different species of conifers from around the world, according to the local tourism board.
Visitors to the area can explore the garden and read placards describing the different species of trees and plants. There is such a variety and abundance of plant life in this section of Cumbria, that it has grown to resemble something of a small forest rather than a garden.