6 of The Most Scenic Waterfalls To Visit in Great Britain 💦

Scenic is the operative word here.

Yes, the ‘waterfalls’ in Great Britain aren’t as spectacular as the Angel, Victoria or Niagara Falls, but there’s a quaint sense of Britishness to them. Set around familiar rolling hills and emerald forests, these scenic waterfalls will take some walking to but it’s all about the journey, right? From the depths of the Yorkshire dales to the heights of the Highlands, here are some beauties to add your bucket list.

Janet’s Foss, Yorkshire Dales, England

The Yorkshire Dales National Parks is home to a limestone gorge housing two impressive waterfalls – with a third cascade – pretty Janet’s Foss, only a short distance away. The setting alone is enough to entice any walker, but it’s the waterfalls that really create a sense of grandeur. British adventurer Al Humphreys is a big fan of Janet’s Foss, which was his childhood swim spot – and in Al’s words “jumping in never gets old”.

Steall Falls, Glen Nevis, Scotland

Steall Falls is Britain’s second highest waterfall, plummeting 120m into the River Nevis. It is a truly majestic sight, reached by walking through the lush forest of the Nevis Gorge, before opening out into the Steall Meadows, where you get your first glimpse of the fall. It wouldn’t be a real visit to Steall without getting close enough to catch a face-full of spray. This means crossing a famous swaying cable suspension bridge over the river to reach the foot of the falls.

Watkin Path, Snowdonia, Wales

These pretty falls are an often-ignored gem. They tumble alongside the Watkin Path up Snowdon, meaning you can visit the falls and climb Wales’ highest peak in one wonderful walk. Outdoor photographer Eilir David-Hughes has revealed this to be one of his top locations.

“Winding its way through Cwm Llan and down to Afon Glaslyn, this little stream is one of my favourites. Snowdon towering above and multiple waterfalls make it very photogenic”

Glenarrif Forest Park, Ballymena, Ireland

Falls of Glomach, Highlands, Scotland 

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Venture into this far-flung Highland landscape to stand before one of the highest waterfalls in Britain – 113m of beautiful, crashing, crystal-clear water. Tumbling down a steep narrow cleft in a remote corner of the Highlands, the Falls of Glomach can only be reached on foot. It’s a 6 hour hike there and back, making the journey a truly isolating and bewitching experience. Their name comes from the Gaelic glòmach, meaning hazy, an apt description as the thundering water is often shrouded in moody mist.

Thornton Force, Yorkshire Dales, England

One of the most famous waterfalls in the Yorkshire area and the most remarkable on the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, Thornton Force denotes where the river falls 14 metres over limestone rocks in an impressive cascade. Roughly 50ft (14m) high where the River flows over tree lined limestone rocks in a wide cascade into the rocky pool below. It is situated in open countryside with few trees in front of it, so there are plenty of  opportunities to photograph it from different angles. Here there are 2/3 seating positions around, but also closer to the falls there is a viewing area which can also be used as a picnic spot.

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