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Hardraw Force (OSmarker grid ref: ) is a waterfall on the Hardraw Beck in Hardraw Scarmarker, a wooded ravine just outside the hamlet of Hardrawmarker at the foot of Buttertubs Passmarker and the head of Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dalesmarker. The Pennine Waymarker long distance footpath passes close by.

Comprising a single drop of 100 feet from a rocky overhang, Hardraw Force is claimed to be England'smarker highest unbroken waterfall – at least discounting underground falls. (The underground waterfall inside nearby Gaping Gillmarker on the western flank of Ingleboroughmarker has an unbroken fall of over 300 feet.)

Public viewing of Hardraw Force is rather unusual, as the visitor has to go through the bar of the Green Dragon Inn public house in Hardraw to reach the falls; an entrance fee is payable on the way through the pub. It is currently £2 per adult. Access behind the falls is now prohibited.

Hardraw Force and popular culture

The falls were used as a location in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, in the scene where Maid Marian catches Robin Hood bathing under a waterfall.

Hardraw Force is the setting for a brass band competition held annually on the second Sunday in September. The competition was first held in the falls' natural amphitheatre in 1884 when six bands took part; the competition lapsed in 1927 but was revived in 1976 and has gone from strength to strength since. In recent years two other musical events have started up at the falls: the Hawdraw Bash is a Folk Rock concert in early July and the Hardraw Gathering is a three-day festival of traditional music at the end of July.

External links

  • http://www.hardrawforce.com/



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