Todays Archive image is from Aira Force in the Lake District. Aira Force, perhaps the most famous and one of the most frequently visited waterfalls in the Lake District, is situated in woodland near the northern shore of Ullswater, about 3 miles along the A592 from Patterdale and about 150 yards from the junction with the A5091.
Aira Beck plunges dramatically around 65 feet through an overhead bridge and over the rocks. The beck has its source high on the slopes of Stybarrow Dodd.
The term “force” is used in many parts of the Lake District as a synonym for “waterfall”; it has its origins in the Old Norse word fors . The force is a spectacular, roaring waterfall which falls over seventy feet of rock, sending droplets of spray high into the air. There are bridges above and below the force which afford superb views, the upper is an old pack horse bridge.