It’s only a short five-minute drive to Aira Force from Another Place. The waterfall (and the car-park) is owned by the National Trust, so it’s well worth being an NT member as you qualify for free parking (the parking charges are very steep otherwise).
Once you’ve parked, it’s a straightforward walk up to the waterfall along a well-maintained path. It’s a lovely sight, a 70ft tumble of white water framed by dark rock walls and overhanging trees; the best view for picture-taking is from the old stone footbridge. It’s especially strong after a few days of heavy rain (not uncommon in the Lakes!)
Once you’ve seen the waterfall, continue up the path along the right-hand side of the waterfall, keeping the beck on your left. This leads up to a second waterfall, High Force, and then continues out past the trees into the open countryside of Gowbarrow Park.
The path leads along the edge of an old drystone wall; follow this until you reach a gate leading off uphill to the right (signed to Gowbarrow). This is the steepest section of the walk, a real thigh-burner. Stone steps have been built into the steepest parts, but even these can be slick and slippery when they’re wet, so take care.