Stanley Ghyll Force Waterfall is possibly one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Lake District. Seemingly surrounded by lush green vegetation, come summer or winter, it’s a hidden gem. And perfect for a wet weather day walk.
Parking is by donation, at GR172003 on OS map OL6, just south of Dalegarth Station on the Ravensglass to Eskdale Railway. If you have the whole day free, you can combine a trip on the train too.
We made sure we were all kitted out in our waterproofs and set off on an adventure to find the waterfalls. Turning left out of the car park, we followed the wide open track to the river. Simply turn right and follow Stanley Ghyll Beck up approximately 600 metres until you reach the falls.
*Update January 2023* We visited today and due to storm damage, the last part of the walk, up to the base of the falls has been closed off. But don’t be disheartened! Follow the path up the hill and turn left over the stream at the top and you’ll get to the top viewing platform which is truly amazing! It has a wire mesh platform so it feels like you’re walking off the edge of the 150 foot cliff and has arriving views of the falls from top to bottom.
This video shows a stretch of the walk up to the falls, past the rapids.
There are two wooden bridges to cross before you reach the final section. You’ll see the third wooden bridge has been blocked off for safety.
Obviously the wetter the weather, the greater your reward when you reach the falls. It had been raining for a couple of days, and was indeed still raining when we visited, and so the falls were totally stunning! The loud pounding of the water, the spray from the rocks and the sheer volume of water in this secluded corner of the Lake District.
Other beautiful things during our walk today included the rhododendron bushes beginning to flower and the moss on the stones looked like they were glowing because they were so green. The vegetation looked so lush, you could almost imagine you were somewhere tropical (if it wasn’t so cold!) Check out the photos below.
Our simple out and back route totalled no more than 1.5 miles. Had the weather been a touch brighter, we might’ve extended the walk. It’s very easy to include Gill Force waterfall to the east and complete a circular walk back to the car park.
After our walk we drove a couple of minutes to Boot Inn, in Boot. Great family friendly pub, fabulous food (including a hog roast!) and very accommodating staff. Highly recommended.