I had heard a lot about Aira Force before I visited it – indeed a team from the Lakes visited Lydford Gorge last year because of the similarities and they wanted to compare and contrast. On my visit to the Lakes it was my chance to return the compliment and do the same exercise. Yes they are both rather similar but are also rather different if that makes sense! Being in the Lake District the site gets many more visitors than Lydford Gorge but otherwise very comparable.
Aira Force is located on the banks of Ullswater and like Lydford Gorge was visited by the intrepid Victorians in search of natural wonders. The spirit of place statement for Aira Force says ‘A showcase for the power and beauty of nature, a place to escape the ordinary. Aira Force is much more than an impressive waterfall. Take time to weave your way from the water’s edge to fell top and you’ll also find champion trees, rare wildlife, woodland glades, perfect picnic spots, pebble beaches and beautiful views‘. Well – you wouldn’t have to change many words to make that a valedictory about Lydford Gorge.
And of course a waterfall – not as high as the White Lady Waterfall and nothing like the Devil’s Cauldron but many of its own features to make up for that
And impressive wildlife – like this Giant Dark Horsefly (Tabanus sudectus)
A great morning out – if you are in the Lakes why not compare and contrast with Lydford Gorge for yourself?
I am assuming you have been to Lydford Gorge? N0? Well I recommend you do that too!
Finally I guess if you are from the Lakes you might see things differently? Lydford Gorge is the Aira Force of Dartmoor!