Stanley Ghyll Force:

Please note Laura and her four children have not walked this walk, photos and words from @whereronniewalked:
Stanley Ghyll Force is a 60ft high waterfall, surrounded by dramatic greenery. This is our favourite waterfall to visit, for the stunning and atmospheric surroundings, the easiness to get there, and the feeling as though you’re in a different part of the world.
In total, the route we took was 2.6miles. This can be made longer, Eskdale is full of routes, tracks and paths to follow ??

Stepping stones to cross at the beginning of the walk

Map of the route

The route:

For this walk with Ronnie we parked on the small track road leading to St Catherine’s Church, postcode CA19 1TG. Begin by walking down towards the church, and cross over the river via the stepping stones. Turn right after crossing and follow the easy path down, crossing a footbridge over Stanley Ghyll, until you come to a fork in the path. Take the left path, and follow this, which leads you all the way to the bottom of the waterfalls. To get to the bottom, you cross a series of footbridges, the sight after the third is magnificent, and noisy!
Beware, as the the paths can become slippy and narrow in some places. As we were with Ronnie, we turned around after the third footbridge, and retraced our steps back to the car, stopping first for a picnic lunch on the picnic benches mid way, however you can (if with quite older children) follow one of the paths up to the top of the falls.
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