OS Grid Ref:- NY2605
Curiously named Whorneyside Force at the head of Great Langdale stands in a secluded and dramatic setting in the shadow of Crinkle Crags.
The waterfall is situated on Whorneyside Fell, high on the mountainside. Hell Gill Beck drops a total of more than twelve metres into a deep bowl shaped pool. There are excellent views down Great Langdale from the waterfall. Whorneyside Force can be reached by a moderate walk from Great Langdale.
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A Walk to Whorneyside Force
*Commencing at the National Trust car park just past the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, take the footpath leading from the car park, ascending the fell to join the Cumbria Way Footpath. Cross a wooden footbridge, bear left and then right.
*Go through a kissing gate and continue along the path until arriving at the rear of the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Pass through a further kissing gate and turn left and follow the wall to a point where it is crossed by a track, proceed straight across the track and follow the path edged with fences. Go through a kissing gate, cross a road and pass through a further kissing gate.
*Continue along the path until joining a road. Proceed along the road to the point where it meets a wider road, take the further road to Stool End Farm, signposted Oxendale and The Band. Cross the farm yard pass through a gate and continue along the path marked 'footpath'. Bear left at a fork in the path and continue along it as it begins to ascend following the course of the beck.
*Cross a footbridge and turn right continuing to follow the edge of the beck until reaching the waterfall.
* Retrace your steps to return to the car park in Great Langdale.