Aira Force, Cum­bria

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Watch­ing a wa­ter­fall in mid­sum­mer can be a bit like watch­ing a Queen con­cert with the vol­ume down. The water’s a thin thread, there’s no ca­cophonous BOOM as it hits rock bot­tom, and you can stand close to it with­out feel­ing en­shrouded in a wa­tery mist. And that’s all a bit rub­bish. In au­tumn, our wa­ter­falls start to power up as rain fills the water ta­ble, bring­ing ev­ery wa­ter­fall in the na­tion fully on­line in a glo­ri­ous Brian May crescendo with Mer­cury vo­cals. There might be more im­pres­sive places to see it than 65ft Aira Force near Ull­swa­ter. But it’s hard to think of any.

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