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Work on visitor facilities begins at Aira Force waterfall
2:32pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
WORK to improve the visitor facilities at a landmark Lakeland waterfall begins this week.
It will see the closure of the National Trust car park at Aira Force, on the shore of Ullswater.
The iconic waterfall and its surrounding woodland landscape, has received significant investment to improve access and visitor facilities on the site.
The work will include repairs to footpaths and bridges, a new welcome building and off-road path between Glencoyne and Glenridding.
The car park will be closed for at least 12 weeks while work starts on the new visitor building.
Alternative car parking and access to the Aira Force waterfall and woodland paths is available at High Cascades and Park Brow (A5091).
Temporary signage will divert drivers arriving from both directions. The new welcome building will be sited in the existing car park and aims to inspire visitors to enjoy the wider landscape surrounding the falls.
Clad in larch and designed with a level access, the centre will include maps and guides to the local area. The car park surfaces will be improved and a new one-way system introduced for traffic arriving and leaving the site.
The new jetty is being built In partnership with Ullswater Steamers and will allow visitors to leave their car behind at Glenridding, enjoy a cruise up Ullswater, a walk around Aira Force, or onto Gowbarrow Fell beyond, returning to Glenridding by foot. Jeremy Barlow, the National Trust’s General Manager for Aira Force and the wider landscape said: “Our ambition is to refresh and modernise the visitor facilities, without diminishing the experience of a wonderful 17th century planned landscape, whether you come just for the view, or for a full day out across the nearby fells.
“We plan to keep the unique, authentic experience that has been enjoyed for hundreds of years, but also ensuring that visitors have the modern facilities.
‘We want people to leave Aira Force with a much deeper understanding of why this place is so special, and how the National Trust cares for it. It was originally created for very few people to enjoy and now, thanks to the Trust, over a quarter of a million people can share in its special qualities.’ The improvement works at Aira Force are due to be completed by March 2014.
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