Ambleside, Stock Ghyll and Scandale Beck

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This walk might well be called The Two Valleys Walk as it takes in at least part of the two main dales that drop into Ambleside. It first goes north-east along Stockghyll and then cuts across a shoulder to enter Scandale and accompany the beck north to High Sweden Bridge. At its highest the walk just touches 300m or 1000', but it is nowhere exposed and is a good bet for a day of bad weather when the higher fells are less hospitable. Having said that, High Sweden Bridge is a delightful spot to while away an hour in the summer, while the views along Windermere on the descent are fantastic.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - South East


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Mountains, Museum, National Trust, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
19/01/2018 - Mark Ziprin

Great walk and easy to follow, with lovely views. We did this in late Oct 17 in beautiful sunshine. Ended with a well-earned pint in the sun by the lake.

03/02/2017 - steven jafrate

We completed this walk on the 30 Janauary with our dog Daisie. The directions are accurate and very easy to follow. At way point 7 there is bench on the corner you can sit and have a brew at and take in the beautiful scenery. When we reached way point 13, to your right just before the bridge there is a lovely spot to have lunch which gives you a feeling of being surrounded by the fells. ( These were snow capped when we went) Way point 14 you can take the rocky path up to the stile or follow the directions both lead you to same path. We took the rocky path and the stile is a large one we got our dog over easy but my advice follow the path through the gate. This is a dog friendly walk but at certain points we did have to leash our dog due to cattle/sheep roaming. A very nice walk to in Ambelside i would highly recommend it. Thanks

15/03/2014 - Pat McTiernan

Thanks to Mr Grindle for this enjoyable walk which I did in March 2014. Directions are easy to follow, it is very dog friendly (although there are many sheep on the return from High Sweden Bridge) and some of the views are excellent. The climb from point 12 to High Sweden Bridge is long and gradual so you don’t feel the strain.

29/09/2012 - Christine Bell

Did this walk yesterday. Lovely walk for when the weather is not suitable to go high. Found the directions v easy to follow. The walk could be easily split into two short walks for the less energetic. It is a dog friendly walk with only one stile that was a little difficult for our small Jack Russel to negotiate.

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