If you're on a road trip around the South West Lake District, or staying in one of our Lake District cottages, a must-do activity is to stop off in Eskdale to walk to the mighty Stanley Ghyll waterfall.
Park up at St Catherine's Church. There are a series of large stepping stones cutting across the River Esk from the church which you can step across to shorten the walk but on the day, if it's pouring with rain, you can take a slightly longer circut to cross the river safely.
Follow the river trail through Stanley Ghyll Woods which is beautifully framed by mixed native broad leaf and large conifers. En route, you might pass some delightfully friendly Herdwick sheep and baby lambs if you're visiting in spring.
You'll feel like you're walking through a tropical rainforest as you begin to approach Stanley Ghyll. There are three wooden bridges, tropical looking plants, mossy rocks, stream details and lots of small waterfalls en route, and the loud sound of the water will blow you away!
The path to the falls is mainly flat and well maintained but it does get steeper and more slippery the closer you get to Stanley Ghyll. Once you reach the viewpoint at The Force and see the mighty water falling down into the plunge pool, it'll be worth all the effort - Stanley Ghyll is incredible. After watching the 60-foot water tumble down into a deep and dark pool - and taking hundreds of photographs - you can make your way back down through Stanley Ghyll Woods and follow a newly built path which loops around the back of St Catherine's Church to reach the car.
You can also get to the falls by the L'aal Ratty narrow guage railway and hop off at Dalegarth station - the last station on the Ravenglass to Eskdale railway. From here, you walk 200 metres along the road to a right turn leading to the National Park Trough House Bridge Car park and follow a path from there to the ghyll.
If you are visiting Eskdale while you're in the Lakes, you must go to Stanley Ghyll for an unforgettable experience. It's one of the best things to do in the Lake District.
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