Lake District Walks: Stock Ghyll Falls, Ambleside

Not all Lake District walks are country walks.

This is a pleasant stroll from the Old Bridge House in Ambleside town centre up to the waterfalls in Stock Ghyll Park.

Take a short walk from the centre of Ambleside, behind the Salutation Hotel, and this leads to Stock Ghyll Force, a spectacular 70 foot waterfall which may be viewed safely from a railed viewpoint. In spring the area under the trees is a carpet of daffodils.

Stock Ghyll, a tributary of the River Rothay, tumbles down through a series of waterfalls to the centre of Ambleside, passing under the famous Bridge House.

Once there were 12 watermills driven by the power of Stock Ghyll and other local becks, producing bobbins, processed fabrics, paper and ground corn.