This is possibly the most accessible waterfall in the Lakes, being barely more than 200m (220 yards) from the roadside. It is situated on the crest of the pass at Newlands Hause on the narrow direct road between Keswick and Buttermere. Moss Beck drains the expanse of Buttermere Moss high on the side of Robinson falling over crags to the roadside where it joins High Hole Beck to become Keskadale Beck.
In dry weather the force whithers to a trickle but after rain is an impressive sight. Torrents of water thunder over the rocks and the spray whipped upwards by the wind; one way or another you'll not keep dry. The path approaches the middle section. Just above a pool can be clambered up to but beware as the rocks get very slimy and slippery. Below the cataract continues a short way. Overall the force is approximately
The Lakeland poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge visited the falls around 1802 when it was called Buttermere Halse Fall:
I soon arrived at the Halse & climbed up by the waterfall as near as I could, to the very top of the Fell but it was so craggy the Crags covered with spongy soaky Moss, and when bare so jagged as to wound one's hands fearfully...
There is an informal parking place on the Hause which gets quite busy at summer weekends.
If you need accommodation we have details of 26 properties offering rooms near the start of this walk. Here are some examples:
On the southern side of the Hause take the narrow terraced path due south. The force is directly ahead with the path climbing a little to the mid-point just below the upper cascade.
When it's not too wet the clamber over slippery rock to the pool just above the path terminus is recommended but a good deal of care is required as a slip would not be much fun.
Return the same way.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Knott Rigg and Ard Crags||same start point|
|Rannerdale Knotts||1.9km (1.2 miles) away|
|Bleaberry Tarn, Red Pike, and Dodd||1.9km (1.2 miles) away|
|The Buttermere Edge||1.9km (1.2 miles) away|
|Around Buttermere||1.9km (1.2 miles) away|
|Bleaberry Tarn above Buttermere||1.9km (1.2 miles) away|
|A Journey from Buttermere to Keswick||1.9km (1.2 miles) away|
|Haystacks||2.6km (1.6 miles) away|
|Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike||2.6km (1.6 miles) away|
|Fleetwith Pike via Fleetwith Edge||2.6km (1.6 miles) away|
|Grasmoor via Lad Howes ridge||3.1km (1.9 miles) away|
|Robinson and Hindscarth from Little Town||4.3km (2.6 miles) away|
|Robinson, Hindscarth and Dale Head - A Half Newlands||4.3km (2.7 miles) away|
|The Grasmoor Six Wainwright Fells||4.6km (2.9 miles) away|
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