Stock Ghyll Waterfalls-Ambleside
Here at Lakelovers we enjoy getting out for walks in our beautiful surroundings and we thought you might like to share some of our favourite ideas for routes.
Ever since Ambleside became popular with visitors back in the 19th century, Stock Ghyll waterfalls have been one of the best loved scenic wonders of the area. The falls can be seen as part of an easy circular route of around 3 miles encompassing both the falls in their beautiful wooded setting and more open views to the surrounding fells. Best of all, the walk starts from the town centre or, for the less mobile, there is a dedicated disabled parking space and track for wheelchair users to see the falls.
In Victorian times the woodland surrounding the 70ft high falls was fenced off and you were charged a small admission fee to pass through the turnstile to see the falls. In times past the tumbling waters of the beck were used to power mills in Ambleside with the first being noted as long ago as 1335. Stock beck which feeds the falls is a tributary of the River Rothay which drains to Windermere (lake) and is, as you may have guessed, best visited after or (during!) rainfall.
Both the circular waterfalls walking route and many more ideas can be seen at www.lakelandleisurewalks.co.uk