Stanley Ghyll Force
OS Grid ref:- SD 174995
Stanley Ghyll Force at Eskdale is a sixty feet high waterfall, dramatically situated in a 150' deep, narrow ravine and reputed to be one of the most beautiful falls in the Lake District.
Stanley Ghyll Force, image courtesy of Graeme Wishart
The force consists of a series of falls and pools, while Rhododendrons grow wild on the ledges and precipes surrounding the waterfall. There are a a series of small footbridges crossing the Ghyll across the beck below.
The force is only a short walk from the nearby village of Boot.
A walk through Dalegarth to Stanley Ghyll Force
Length of walk- 1 mile (1.6km).
Ascent - 260 feet 80m
Duration - Approx 1 hour
*Beginning at the Trough House Bridge car park, follow the lane up toward Dalegarth Hall . Turn left through a gate and continue until another gate is reached in the wall on the left.
*Follow the sign posts to Stanley Ghyll and Birker Fell, joining the network of paths which lead to the waterfall. When reaching a junction, turn right to eventually join the ghyll. Cross a series of three wooden footbridges, then climb the rock steps to view the waterfall.
*Retracing your steps along the footbridge, take the path leading off to the left, ascending a further series of rock steps. Where the path levels out and comes to a junction, turn left and cross a small stone slab bridge over the beck. Climb the series of wooden steps, where you will encounter a magnificent view into the ravine.
*Follow the footpath alongside the railings to a stile, continue along the path to cross a wooden footbridge above the falls. Follow the route to the opposite viewing platform.
*Return to the stile and follow the indistinct path across the fell to rejoin the path to Dalegarth car park.