The Dockray and Aira Force walk in the Lake District

East from the village of Dockray to the summit of Gowbarrow Fell, then around the eastern and southern slopes of Gowbarrow Park to reach Aira Force. South-west in the direction of Brown Hills and Swineside Knott, followed by a north-easterly crossing of Watermillock Common back to Dockray. A 7-mile walk in the Lake District.


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Triangulation pillar on Gowbarrow Fell summit, height 481 metres (1578 feet).


The view of Ullswater, with Hallin Fell on the right and Barton Fell in the background.


Looking across Ullswater towards Bleaberry Knot and Place Fell.


Ullswater backed by Low Birk Fell and Birk Fell.

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One of two small arched bridges which span Aira Beck at the popular Aira Force waterfall.


Mike and I at Aira Force.


Aira Beck drops approximately 20 metres down a steep-sided ravine into a rocky plunge pool before continuing its journey to Ullswater.


Looking down into the Glencoyne valley from the steep slopes of Glencoyne Brow. In the distance Ullswater reaches its southernmost extent at Patterdale.

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The view east from Glencoyne Brow across Ullswater towards Hallin Fell.


The view down to Dockray village, with Gowbarrow Fell on the right and Great Mell Fell in the distance left of centre.


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