Smile On Saturday: Hardraw Scar Weather Station

Smile on Saturday!

A new series starts here today.

In this series I’ll be showing sights I’ve seen on my travels which have made me smile.  I hope you smile too.

Week 1: Hardraw Scar Waterfall’s unique Weather Station:

(Sometimes “Hardraw” is spelt “Hardrow” and “Scar” is sometimes “Scaur”, all depending on whether you are using Yorkshire dialect or the Queen’s English!)

Weather station stone Hardrow Scar Waterfall Dales Yorkshire smile on Saturday

HARDRAW FORCE: Weather Station ©HelenBushe


Hardraw Scar Waterfall (Hardraw Force) in the Yorkshire Dales is England’s largest single drop waterfall. It is reputed to have a drop of over 100 feet.

Hardraw Scar Fall Yorkshire Dales Smile on saturday


The waterfall is reached by going through the back door of the historic Green Dragon Inn.

Situated in the charming Yorkshire village of Hardraw, beneath the rising fells of Great Shunner Fell, just outside of the town of Hawes, The Green Dragon Inn stands in a stunning location overlooking Upper Wensleydale.

This ancient traditional Dales Inn with flagged floors, open fires, beamed ceilings, stone walls is a privately owned free house – Green Dragon Inn website


HARDRAW FORCE: Green Dragon Inn yorkshire Dales smile on saturday

HARDRAW FORCE: Green Dragon Inn ©HelenBushe


The artist J M W Turner stayed at the inn for three days in 1816  on one of his sketching tours and produced drawings and paintings of the waterfall. A bench now marks the spot where he sat – and what a view it has!

A copy of his bill is on display in the Inn:

GREEN DRAGON INN: J M W Turners Account

GREEN DRAGON INN: J M W Turner’s Account ©HelenBushe


The inn is situated in the hamlet of Hardraw near the village of Hawes in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. This picture was taken on the walk to the waterfall:

View of Dales Yorkshire smile on Saturday

HARDRAW: View of Yorkshire Dales ©HelenBushe


For full information on the Green Dragon Inn and the waterfall see


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