Ashgill Force on the South Tyne

  • A pretty waterfall in the woods
  • Follow the route of the South Tyne
  • Garrigil has many hidden treasures

Above the pretty village of Garrigill lies a deep gorge and an impressive tumbling beck. I came across the waterfall (a 55 foot drop) from below which is probably best (rather than from the nearby road bridge) and a short path which winds its way up through woodland, reminiscent is some ways to the approach to Janet’s Foss near Malham. A school party were enjoying a spot of gorge walking when I arrived but myself and Mist contented ourselves with the more obvious path and trying to spot remnants of the old lead mines which so peppered the area 100 years or so ago. The approach along the South Tyne from Garrigill is also pleasant as is the welcome pint at the George & Dragon.

There is a broad shelf behind the waterfall which is worth exploring and which I suspect the school party had already ventured in to. Looked a little wet to me.

Recommend: Sit and have a pint watching the many Pennine Way walkers hobbling in after their long slog over Cross Fell from Dufton

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Ashgill Force at Garrigill map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL31 North Pennines Buy Map
Start Point: NY 743415. Park in the centre of Garrigill and head south on athe quiet lane for nearly 1/2 a mile to the buildings at Low Crossgill. Turn left and cross the South Tyne here.
Height to Climb: 111 ms (357 feet)
Terrain: Easy walking along the river and via the return path slightly higher up. The area near the waterfall can be very slippy.
Eating & Drinking: The George & Dragon in Garrigill offers good food and a great selection of beers
Similar Walks Nearby: Mines and Lands of Nenthead
South Tyne at Garrigill
An Alston Discovery
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