Photographer's Note

This is small waterfall at the top of Aira Beck, which starts at the top of Stybarrow Dodd at a height of 720 metres (2,362 ft) above sea level and flows across the heather-covered slopes of Gowbarrow Fell.

It is the first in a series of falls that eventually become the more famous Aira Force falls that are much larger and more spectacular (images to follow in subsequent posts). This beck takes an 8 kilometre journey to join Ullswater Lake.

One kilometre before entering the lake, the beck takes a 20 metres (66 ft) leap down a rocky and steep sided ravine at the falls known as Aira Force. The water falls approximately 22 metres (72 ft) to a rocky pool, from where the beck continues through a shallow valley to the lake.

The river name Aira is derived from Old Norse 'eyrr', a gravel bank, and Old Norse 'á', a river, hence The river at the gravel bank, a reference to Aira Point, a gravelly spit where the river enters Ullswater. The Old Norse word 'fors', waterfall, has been adopted into several northern English dialects and is widely used for waterfalls, with the English spelling 'Force'. Thus, the waterfall on gravel-bank river is now Aira Force falls.

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