Aira Force, Cumbria

by Veronica

The Norwegian word for waterfall is Fors and this word is found frequently in Northern England for a waterfall. It is a remnant of Viking settlers and influence on the local area.

Comments about my photos encouraged me to post some more of my recent pre-winter trip.

Many parts of North West England are similar to Scandinavia so it is little wonder that there are many old Norse settlements and words appearing in place names .

On my trip to Cumbria for my Autumn break this week, I visited a small Force, Aira Force. Force being the anglicised spelling of Fors. Force and Spout are local words for waterfalls with a spout being a cascade waterfall where the water runs down stone like steps to the river below.

Aira Force is in the English Lake District near Ullswater and the village of Watermillock. Both names have Norse origins too. The stream which gushes over the fall is called Aira Beck. Beck is another Norse word meaning stream that is also used a lot in the North of England. The waterfall and beck flow into Ullswater, the nearby lake. This name is certainly of Norse origin but the exact etymology is uncertain. Some say it is named after a local chief Ulf or wolf's wasser , which became Ullswater.

Aira Fors
Aira Fors
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I can see why the word Fors is used because the water, although calm along the beck, comes out at the narrow top with a huge speed and force.

 

On the way up to the Force, the air is heavy with the scent of conifer trees. Some trees had some very red berries. ( below )

The Autumn colours were beautiful, empowered by the light and recent rain.

Conifers
Conifers
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Conifer trees
Conifer trees
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These stone bridges occur all over the Lake District. They are a regular feature of the area.

 

This stone bridge is over Aira Beck on the way up.

Stone bridge
Stone bridge
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We walked up the beckside to the top along by Aira Beck. The air was beautiful but it was a little slippy under foot.

Aira Beck
Aira Beck
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From the viewpoint
From the viewpoint
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VIewpoint up the beck
VIewpoint up the beck
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Can you see the bridge over the top of the force?

The force viewpoint
The force viewpoint
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Even standing at a slight distance, the spray from the force is like fine rain. From the viewpoint the bridge at the top is visible. Walking up from the viewpoint to the top, there are steps top left down to the bridge which is over the water. It's a great view down from the bridge on top .

Bridge over the force
Bridge over the force

One very brave and gutsy little two year old grandson. If he can climb up the beck and the force then most people can!

on the bridge at the top
on the bridge at the top
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Updated: 10/30/2015, Veronica
 
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Veronica on 05/08/2016

TY Sam.

I think it's easy to see why The Norse settlers decided to settle here. As you ay it is beautiful. I love the word Fors for a waterfall. It signifies the water very well.

Guest on 05/08/2016

Absolutely beautiful !

Veronica on 11/08/2015

Ah thank you and yes. It is very beautiful but also easily accessible to most walkers. Our grandson walked up to the top.

The air is so clean and crisp. I love going especially in Autumn.

ologsinquito on 11/08/2015

Beautiful country and beautiful pictures also. It looks like a wonderful trip.

Veronica on 11/05/2015

It is a marvellous place for them to be . The air is magnificent.

TY for the photo comments.

whitemoss on 11/05/2015

Wonderful photos! Our two year old grandson loves visiting us in the Lakes and throwing stones into water, jumping in the becks .....etc!

Veronica on 10/30/2015

Ty. Each country has its beauty but you are right in that The British Isles is well blessed with beautiful locations. Maybe our bad weather makes it beautiful; the lakes are always full, the landscape is verdant and lush because of the rain.

Cumbria and Cheshire are my favourite places. They are beautiful but also full of History.

blackspanielgallery on 10/29/2015

This is quite a beautiful place. Your country has much beauty if one knows where to look.

Veronica on 10/29/2015

Thank you. It was very soothing, the scents, the colours, the sights and sounds of running water.

jptanabe on 10/29/2015

Lovely photos! Looks like a most enjoyable walk.


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