Hidden away on the Lorten edge of the Whinlatter Forest Park is Spout Force waterfall. Get your boots and socks off, it’s well worth a visit.
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So whilst we were camping in the Lake District at Whinfell campsite, we decided to go and take a look – Mrs TentLife loves a good Waterfall. We headed off early in the morning and left the kids asleep in the tent (we had informed them the night before, honest), and parked up at the carpark at Whinlatter Forest of the B5292. There is some parking at on the corner below Scawgill Bridge and it’s a straight walk along Aiken Beck from there, but it isn’t an official carpark and there is only room for a few vehicles.
It’s only a short walk from the Whinlatter carpark (and there is no charge), there are some steps to get down to the footbridge over Aiken Beck (below Spout Force). Cross the bridge, turn right and follow the path running alongside the beck (small river). Eventually, the path will start to rise up into the trees and this will take you to the waterfall viewing platform. It was May time and we couldn’t see anything from the viewing platform because of the foliage on the trees. However, we imagine the view in the autumn and winter months when there is more water and less foliage is spectacular.
We returned down to the riverbank and continued towards the waterfall, up to the point where you can no longer progress without getting in the water. The bottom of the waterfall is only accessible by getting into the water and disappearing into the small gorge.
There is no way to rock-hop to get there, so in the name of research I took off my boots and socks, rolled up my trousers, grabbed the cameras and proceeded carefully into the water.
Bare-footing it was a little hard on my feet, and I’m sure I made it look a lot more difficult than it actually was but I was filming with one hand and trying not to get the other camera gear wet too. However, it is well worth the little adventure to see this waterfall from it’s base.
When I returned from the waterfall, Mrs TentLife was chatting to a local couple who had been here many times before. The gentleman said that he had actually been right under the waterfall itself on many occasion and that is was very invigorating. The photos and videos don’t do Spout Force justice, it's well worth a visit.