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High Force, Durham

Historical Description

High Force, a waterfall at the boundary between Westmorland and Durham, on the river Tees, 15 miles below its source, and 5 WNW of Middleton-on-Teesdale. The stream falls in three leaps over a precipice of 69 feet, and the picturesque character of the cascade is greatly heightened by the forms, tints, and foliage of the flanking rocks. A hotel, built by the Duke of Cleveland, stands half a mile distant, commands a fine view across woods to the waterfall, and is much frequented during the fishing and the shooting seasons.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for County Durham is available to browse.


Online maps of High Force are available from a number of sites: