The trek to Aira Force is a relatively easy hike, taking about an hour to get from the nearest parking lot to the foot bridges on both the top and bottom of the falls. The hike is straightforward and marked with signs, but given the wetness of England’s climate, walking can be a bit tricky as one navigates mossy rocks and wet leaves. Rubber boots or hiking shoes are recommended.
Frequent rain also creates the possibility of rainbows, with some that stretch almost entirely across the falls.
Aira Force and the surrounding area of Ullswater have drawn visitors for centuries who were looking to uncover or rediscover the beauty of the English countryside. Poet William Wordsworth reportedly composed the poem “I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud” after his stroll through Ullswater.
An excerpt from that poem reads:
“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”