Boot and Esk Riverside Trails

  • Summer tranquilityperfect for a paddle
  • In SpateDark and forbidding
  • Stepping stones at St Catherines
  • Rapids above the church
  • winter sun
  • Girder bridgeFive minutes from the church
  • Under the bridge
  • Emerald pools
  • Favourite summer swimming spotJust below Girder bridge
  • River side path
  • Sunset on the Esk
Summer tranquility1 In Spate2 Stepping stones at St Catherines3 Rapids above the church4 winter sun5 Girder bridge6 Under the bridge7 Emerald pools8 Favourite summer swimming spot9 River side path10 Sunset on the Esk11

RIVERSIDE WALK 1 - The River Esk and Gill Force

Girder Bridge

An easy stroll on the flat, covering about 2 miles. Allow a leisurely hour and a half, with extra time if visiting the Well (not always easy to find!)

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RIVERSIDE WALK 2 - Stanley Ghyll and The Esk via Annes Walk

Ash Hagg

A lovely circular walk on flat bridleways. Distance just under 2 miles. Time, Allow about 2 hours if strolling along and taking photos, or about 30 mins if you are on a bike!

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RIVERSIDE WALK 3 - Stanley Ghyll and Dalegarth Falls

 bridge over Stanley Ghyll

On the flat to the falls although rocky underfoot and can be slippy when it is wet. Quite a steep climb to the viewpoint. Approx 3 miles. Allow 2 hours.

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St Catherines

The area has a rich industrial heritage with the iron ore seams running through the bedrock underpinning the local economy in years gone by. A church has been on site for many hundreds of years and the graveyard was used by folk from as far away as Wasdale Head

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Roe deerThe flora and fauna in the area around the River Esk and Stanley Ghyll is as diverse as anywhere in the Lake District, with not only local species but also plants introduced by the Victorians in there quest to make the scenic even more scenic.

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