Hardraw Force
Hardraw Force
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Home of England's largest single drop waterfall, a reputed 100 ft drop and set in fifteen acres of grounds behind the Green Dragon Inn's rear car park and entrance is via the Heritage Centre. The beckside paths are level, gravelled and suitable for wheelchair access with care. The upper paths contain steps, rough areas of rock and are only suitable for the physically fit. Warning and Conditions of Admittance: Persons visiting Hardraw Force Waterfall do so at their own risk and will indemnify D Mark Thompson Ltd and its employees against any claim of whatever nature arising in connection with their visit . Due to intermittent wifi we cannot guarantee credit card facilities are always available and suggest guests bring cash to pay the entrance charges. Please be aware of our Covid guidelines, keep a safe distance apart and use common sense when entering and exiting the ticket area next to our ( presently closed) tearoom at all times. Take away teas and coffees are available.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • flashsam7267
    Knaresborough, United Kingdom3,339 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice to see but expensive for a family
    This is an impressive waterfall in lovely grounds. It's on private land so you have to pay to enter (£4 for adults and £2 for children) so could get expensive if you weren't as a family. Good map available which shows the 2 circular walks you can do. One shorter walk along the bottom to see the falls, and a longer harder walk which takes you up and around the top. There are free toilets in the parking area, and there's a cafe (that you have to go through to enter the waterfall property). We didn't buy anything so can't comment on the cafe. Nice to see once, but there are plenty of other waterfalls around which are free (or over price for parking)
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Karen C
    Derby, United Kingdom168 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful setting.
    I have visited Hardraw Force many times since 1973. Back then it cost 50p to enter through the pub. I have seen the many changes to the site. Last time visited was four years ago so it was lovely to see new areas opened up. We enjoyed the walk around the top with the the views out to the dales and from the top of the falls. Tremendous power from a small stream pouring over the edge. Equally the walk around the bottom to view the falls falling into a pool was spectacular. Of course the best time to visit is after heavy rain. The entrance fee of £4 each adult I feel is just right. It is privately owned and you can clearly see that the ongoing maintenance is keeping the site suitable and safe for the public.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Sun-sea-surf02
    Caerphilly County, United Kingdom146 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice waterfall, shame about entry fee and staff
    Whilst I understand money is needed for maintenance, I feel like this site being privately owned is to make money. Visiting nature, I feel, should be free or come at minimal cost as a-lot of places in the Yorkshire Dales and the UK. All research we did prior to visiting said entry of a small amount (£1) so £4pp was higher than expected. It was very beautiful but for 3 people to visit it didn’t seem worth it given you can visit other waterfalls in the area for free/ cheaper. On entry the staff member wasn’t friendly, very cold borderline rude. It was a lovely walk and toilet facilities were good. Following the walk through my mum went back into the cafe to buy something and was completely ignored by staff. Improvement needed! Would recommend reducing the price.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Tina S
    Colchester, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    This place is fantastic. Great views and lots of photo opportunities. Seen some negative reviews about reception but the lady couldn’t have been nicer, she was friendly and offered an umbrella which was needed. Worth the money and you can see the work the owners are doing to maintain the place. We went after the storm and the waterfall was flowing with force. Would come again. Thank you for opening it for people to view
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 14, 2023
  • david h
    London, United Kingdom101 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Poor
    The weather was wonderful when we went up to the waterfall which was tremendous….but what let it down was the cafe. It was a very limited choice and I’m sure it was supermarket sourced. But the lady prepared the food kept licking her finger as she worked very of putting.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 14, 2023
  • tracy b
    Cambridge, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointing Falls
    What a waste of time and money £8 for two adults. The walks are covered in litter, broken fences and railings with felled brances and foliage on the paths and quite dangerous in places. It needs a lot of time and effort on maintenance and making it a place people would like to visit. I certainly would not visit again.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 19, 2024
  • Plombier69
    Worcester, United Kingdom41 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Half term visit
    Visited in February during half term. Closed at 3pm so bear that in mind and call ahead as quite a few people were turned away as we were leaving. The waterfall itself was very impressive. However it doesn't look like anything has been invested in the park for a while. For example the benches were rotting and need replacing. The lady working in the shop needs basic customer service training. We were made to feel like we were an inconvenience and it was also quite an odd experience to even get tickets to get into the park. Ten pounds for 2 adults and 1 chuld I don't feel is good value. Unlikely I'd visit again.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 21, 2024
  • EJFanjo
    40 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overpriced !
    I came upon the Falls by chance whilst walking in the area. Whilst they are well worth a view they can only be accessed through a tea room behind the excellent Green Dragon pub. The charge is justified by “private ownership maintenance”. At £4 per adult and £2 child this would mean £12 for a family of four to walk up a 50m path and view the Falls. A ten minute experience at best. Half that price would be more acceptable.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 30, 2024
  • jbackhouse136
    Leeds, United Kingdom150 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty waterfall
    What a lovely peaceful place to visit. We duly paid our £4 (each) and received a leaflet telling us of a lower level and higher level walk. We did the lower level to the waterfall which had plenty of water coming over. Then we climbed up quite a few steep steps to the higher level, through the trees to where the views of the hills opened up. Took about an hour to complete both. We then had lunch at their quirky cafe, the mushroom and tomato soups served with roll and butter were delicious. There was a selection of cakes which looked rather yummy. A lovely half day out. Worth the visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 4, 2024
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mrsagmercer
Huddersfield, UK181 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We wanted to see the waterfall and were lucky enough to get parked behind the pub. There is not much parking on the site and I don't know what other parking there is in the village. There is a cafe and toilets(free) in the car park and you can sit outside, but not inside the cafe. You pay inside to go to the waterfall and it is £4 per adult. Many people complain about this, but given there are toilets there and everything is very clean when you head to the waterfall, I think it is very reasonable. We went through and followed the path through a gate where there is a warning sign. It is very pretty with wooden bridges over the river and picnic tables dotted about. We spotted a hand written sign that said you could go to the 'top bridge' and decided to take it. The first section was muddy and a bit slippy and we did think about turning back. It looked better further up so we carried on. There is evidence of new fencing along the side of the path and it did get better under foot. When walking up, you hear the waterfall before you see it through the trees. The view is amazing and you look down and realise how high you have climbed. There is a lovely wooden bridge at the top that goes over the top of the waterfall. It is amazing to see how the river suddenly becomes that torrent of water going over the top. We were a bit unsure which way to go from there as it didn't look very safe at the other side. My husband climbed up and went to look and said it got better. Some other people came up and we all went in the same direction. It is an interesting climb to start with, but then it becomes a proper path and leads to steps back down to the bottom. I am not a great walker, but I managed to do this. At the bottom, we walked along to the bottom of the waterfall and stood watching the water. The noise is fantastic. Despite the sign saying not to go behind, we did see people doing it, but it does not look very safe. You could see evidence of fresh rock fall from the top, so not a good idea. We had a lovely time and feel it is well worth the £4 if you fully explore.
Written September 15, 2020
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Paul175T
Selby, UK4,320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
It was raining when we went which made the paths extremely muddy and slippy too. Just a few minutes walk to see this incredible waterfall with the water coming over the cliff with such incredible force. I’ve never seen water looking so powerful. We stood at the bottom in awe but didn’t attempt to get above it to look down because of the weather. Due to the fact it was raining meant the water was flowing more aggressively than on dry days which in a way made it more impressive. Worth the £4 entry and the member of staff was informative prior to entry.
Written October 27, 2020
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Cheekycockney190757
Basildon, UK11,409 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Visited on Tuesday 27th October 2020 on the worst day weather-wise of our holiday resulted in me going solo to England's highest free-falling waterfall, Hardraw Force Waterfall near Hawes. Car parking was limited behind a pub, and there was a small fee to enter the footpath to the waterfall. This fee comes with a map and where you pay is a small cafe and toilet. It's only about 300 metres to the base of the waterfall which you can access via a footbridge to either side. I didn't try to access the top of the waterfall as it was advertised as a steep path and the weather was so bad and muddy I thought I would save to another visit. You are advised to avoid trying to walk behind the waterfall which again was something I followed as foot conditions were so poor. A stunning sight in any case and accessible for those with mobility issues given the flat path and closeness to the entrance.
Written January 10, 2021
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Jonny See
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Simply stunning. Especially when the beck is in full flow. The entry fee is a small price to pay for such a display. The owners have done a lot of work on paths/bridges and a visitor centre since I last visited. Good effort folks!! Thanks
Written February 7, 2020
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Thank you for your kind comments. Makes it all worth while.
Written July 12, 2020
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Amy W
Leeds, UK60 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Solo
I never been to this waterfall before so didnt know much about it. I thought it was just part of a walk with a waterfall at the end. To my surprise, the only entrance to this place is through a cafe. This is during covid and restrictions were only just being lifted, still I thought it was weird that this place was even open.
None of the staff were wearing masks (great sign) and apparently their card machine doesn't work (reading other reviews now, it seems like this was an issue before the pandemic also). I stupidly paid to get in (really wanted to see this waterfall) but £4 to enter a small area seemed really steep, especially with it only costing £2.50 in the past (again only know this because of other reviews, really wish I read them before going). The only way out was from the same cafe too.
Honestly I wish I never bothered coming here, I felt like I was risking catching covid the whole time and paying for the privilege. It appeared that noone here cared about the pandemic or their staff (no masks, no screens, doors not automatic or left open, no card machine etc). Very disappointing!
Written April 7, 2021
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Chris S
Dartford, UK54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
You won't miss a lot if you can't manage the upper walk, the best view is from the lower anyway.
I see the price has jumped to £4.00 from £2.50 in the last couple of years, presumably the owners trying to recoup their lockdown losses in just the one season! Leaves a slightly sour taste in the mouth.

The Green Dragon next door seems to be doing well, fully booked for dinner on the weekday we were there so I suppose the unfriendly and dilatory service we had at lunchtime doesn't put off what will presumably be one time only visitors anyway.
Written September 8, 2021
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WRONG Chris! We charge £10 for a family ticket. Sadly costs do go up, £13,500 for tree surgery, £5,500 for pathwork in 2020 alone, and there are staff wages, electricity, oil, etc etc to consider. It is not a case of 'recouping our losses', we love Hardraw Force and if you read our website you will see that I have invested over half a million pounds of my own money in its upkeep and development over the last twenty years. However we are glad you enjoyed the walk.
Written September 8, 2021
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Jane B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
So pleased that we were able to visit this attraction, as we came a few years ago when access appeared to be only though the pub which was shut with no access to the car park even. This was disappointing as we were visiting a relative in Doncaster, and had travelled up from Sussex and made the extra 90 plus mile journey north to see the falls!
However this visit did not disappoint at all. I phoned ahead to make sure it was open and the man who answered the phone was extremely helpful and polite, as he was when we arrived along with the other man present in the visitor centre - turns out one of them was the owner who was very friendly and told us a lot about the falls, the area and the history of the site and the adjacent pub which he also owned. The admission fee was very reasonable and the walk to the top of the falls was beautiful, and relatively easy - stunning scenery and very well maintained grounds.
On our return to the visitor centre we had a pot of tea and a slice of the tastiest cake I have ever had - coconut and lime! Definitely a place to see if touring the area and made to feel so welcome by the owner who had a real passion for the falls and a desire to please all his visitors. A very big thank you to him.
Written July 24, 2020
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Mrsmack182
Inverness, UK63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Absolutely brilliant experience. We arrived in pouring rain and found the gentleman at the desk to be very friendly, giving us a map and advising on the safest route bearing in mind the weather conditions. We happily paid the £4 entrance fee and set off. Within a short distance we’d spotted a red squirrel prancing about in the undergrowth before leaping from branch to branch to cross the raging torrent. Onward to the falls themselves - wow! We heard them long before we saw them. What incredible force. After taking a few photos we headed downstream across beautifully constructed bridges and along good paths. Well worth a visit.
Written October 4, 2020
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ALT P
54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
After paying your £4 each to get in you are given a map which gives all the information you require, you can have a nice walk or a mountainous climb either is just as rewarding. the easy path is disabled friendly which is unusual for a waterfall as they are mainly deep in woods and valleys.
Hardraw is one of the highest single drops in England and worth a visit if you are into waterfalls or not.
Written June 1, 2021
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Jon P
Isle of Skye, UK36 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This was the 2nd time we have visited this attraction and basically nothing has changed in the last 5 years Including the attitude of the proprietors. We arrived at 15.30 and we hadn't got through the door when we were greeted with a very abrupt and brusque"There's no food, we've stopped doing food." When we expand that we only wanted two teas we were made to feel as though we had asked for the deeds to the property.
Despite being quite close to closing visitors who wanted to see the waterfall were still being charged the full entrance charge of £4.00. per person. We visited the waterfall on a previous occasion and readily admit that if you are allowed a lengthy visit as a photographer it's well worth it.
My wife and I have owned tea rooms etc for 16 years in a highly popular location ad can understand the pressures put on the hospitality industry but we would never dream of treating people in the manner we experienced on both occasions.
Suffice to say their attitude to welcoming visitors/customers is on a par with Herod's attitude to infant welfare.
Written May 29, 2022
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