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Stock Ghyll Falls


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Stock Ghyll Falls

Ambleside may be bustling with tourists nowadays, but 200 years ago, this was a mill town. We're not talking huge cotton mills here, but much smaller affairs that served the local farming community. They lined the banks of Stock Beck, the river that runs through the town, and were powered by waterwheels that used to rattle incessantly, so much so that the stretch of river containing the mills was known locally as Rattle Gill.

Further upstream, a little way out of town, is Stock Ghyll park, where sluice gates were built to control the flow of the water running downstream. At the top end of the park is Stock Ghyll Falls, a spectacular double waterfall. In Victorian times the woodland containing the river and falls was opened to the public, who paid a small fee to follow a specially constructed trail around the park, up to the falls, over the top of the cascade via a bridge, and back down the other side to an exit onto Stock Ghyll Lane.

Nowadays the park is open to the public free of charge, but the trail around the woods remains, as does a bridge at the top of the falls. Also still in existence is the old turnstile that people used to pay at to get in the park.

This video follows a walk from the Old Bridge House, at the bottom of Rattle Gill, up to the waterfalls at the top of the park.

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Stock Ghyll Falls is featured in "Walks around Ambleside". Click the picture of the book for more information.

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This book of walks around Ambleside is available from Rothay Garth Hotel

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