Low and High Force


Date: 28th October 2018
Time: 10:30
Distance: 8 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

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Low and High Force

This walk follows the River Tees up to Low and High Force, through the magnificent countryside of Upper Teesdale.


We start at Bowlees, close to the Bowlees Visitor Centre.  This visitor centre houses the Ford  Kitchen Cafe, which is a great place to grab a tea or coffee before the walk.

Low Force

HighForceRecce - HighForceRecce280518-17.jpeg Low and High ForceThe first leg takes us down to the river and to Low Force, the smaller but still beautiful partner of High Force.  After a photo stop here we cross the river on the suspension bridge, providing us with an alternative view of Low Force.

High Force

HighForceRecce - HighForceRecce280518-32.jpeg Low and High ForceThere is a short walk up the south bank of the river, along the route of the Pennine Way, to reach High Force.  Many of the classic views of High Force are from this side.  A little further up we can get a very much closer view over the falls.


Harwood Beck

HighForceRecce - HighForceRecce280518-5.jpeg Low and High ForceWe cross the Tees just below the confluence with Harwood Beck.  The land is flat at this point and the fields are green and lush.  Sheep and cattle share their fields with large numbers of Lapwings.  In this area you’d be surprised that the Lapwing is on the RSPB Red List.

The route back

The route back down to Bowlees is via minor roads and bridleways.  These sit a little way up the North side of the valley, providing spectacular views of the surrounding area.  We return to the Bowlees Visitor Centre, where we can enjoy a relaxing tea/coffee before setting off home.

Places of interest

Bowlees Visitor Centre

Low Force

High Force

High Force Hotel


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This shows the start location for this walk.
Nearest postcode: DL12 0XE
OS Grid Reference:  NY 90797 28252
Parking: You can park in the Bowlees Picnic Area car park.