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The UK’s Best Hidden Waterfalls Revealed 

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With wellness travel on the rise and nature-led outdoor recreational activities being prioritised by 37.7% of Brits3, it is no surprise that ‘waterfall walks’ have seen an increase in searches in the past 30 days1. However, where are the best hidden waterfalls for those looking for some quiet time around water?

Staycation experts at Sally’s Cottages have analysed TikTok data to reveal the best hidden waterfall walks in the UK based on the number of posts on TikTok.

Sally’s has also worked with Sarah Vaughan, Holistic Echo Therapist at Rewind Your Soul, to highlight the physical and mental benefits of being around water.

The top 10 hidden waterfall spots were revealed as: 

  1. Rhaeadr y Parc Mawr, Wales – (1 post)
  2. Carbost Burn, Scotland – (2 posts)
  3. Ritson’s Force, Lake District – (6 posts)
  4. St Audries Bay, Somerset – (6 posts)
  5. East Gill Force, North Yorkshire – (8 posts)
  6. Brontë Waterfall, West Yorkshire – (17 posts)
  7. Cautley Spout, Lake District – (20 posts)
  8. Crawton Waterfall, Scotland – (40 posts)
  9. Aira Force, Lake District – (64 posts)
  10. Pistyll Rhaeadr, Wales – (961 posts)

1. Rhaeadr y Parc Mawr, Wales

Tucked away in Gwydir Forest, on the northern edge of Snowdonia (Eryri) National Park, Rhaeadr y Parc Mawr consists of two beautiful waterfalls, both falling around 40ft into a shallow pool of water. The waterfalls are a short walk from the famous Tu Hwnt I’r Bont tearooms, so you can stop by to get some well-deserved tea and cake.

While following the beautiful trail that leads you to the waterfall, be sure to keep an eye out for mature oak, ash, and hazel trees spread throughout the area as well as wildlife, including the likes of squirrels, small birds, and horseshoe bats.

2. Carbost Burn, Scotland

Located on the Isle of Skye in the Scottish Highlands, this hidden waterfall is around a 5-minute walk from the road. Although easily accessible, it is an underrated gem, making it perfect for those seeking seclusion without travelling far.  

Surrounded by lush greenery and hills, the waterfall is particularly dramatic after heavy rain and has a clear blue pool at the base for those fancying a cold plunge. However, if you want to experience this relaxing environment without having to swim, rest on the hillside and take in the breathtaking view.

3. Ritson’s Force, Lake District 

Located in one of the Lake District’s busiest spots, yet hidden in plain sight, the Ritson’s Force waterfalls are found in the valley of Mosedale. They can be accessed from the back of the Wasdale Head Inn beer garden and via a scenic trail across a stone bridge and through a field and woodland.

Boasting clear blue waters and surrounded by England’s two highest mountains, Sca Fell and Scafell Pike, the waterfalls are dazzling and certainly worth the trek. For those looking for peace and solitude, there is no better place than Ritson’s Force.  

What are the benefits of being around water?

Sarah Vaughan, Holistic Echo Therapist, explains the benefits of being around water.

“It’s not surprising that water takes both a spiritual and therapeutic role for humans. The sound of water has a deeply calming effect on the human body. Whether it’s a trickling stream, the sound of waves lapping on the seashore, or the sound of rain on the roof, our bodies respond almost instantly to these noises.

“Like many other sounds from nature, water activates our parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for our ‘rest and digest’ responses. In this state, our cortisol levels drop, our heart rate and blood pressure lower and our body can relax.

“Waterfalls have an additional benefit to our health and wellbeing because the water is falling at speed. So, the atoms pick up an extra electron and become negatively charged, which has a positive effect on bystanders.”

Combined with the cool fresh air, waterfall walks have a number of benefits including:

  • Enhancing immune function
  • Promoting the production of serotonin
  • Activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps with sleep and digestion
  • Lessening symptoms of depression and stress
  • Boosting energy

Overall, waterfalls are a high-energy water source, and so could be helpful in meditation for energetic shifts alongside the other benefits mentioned above.

Sarah Pring, Digital PR Manager at Sally’s Cottages said: “The UK has many popular breathtaking waterfalls, however, with wellness-related activities being on the rise, we wanted to reveal the UK’s hidden waterfalls for those looking to spend some quiet time in nature.

“We hope our research has inspired you to take a much-needed wellness break and enjoy the benefits of being near water.”

To find out more hidden spots in the Lake District, please visit: https://www.sallyscottages.co.uk/guides/best-lake-district-waterfalls

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