An Ambleside Waterfalls Wander - Stockghyll Force and Blue Hill Wood

For those people looking for something a little bit longer than our simple Stockghyll Force walk, this is a great little wander around the environs of Ambleside.

Stock Ghyll is a tributary of the River Rothay, draining eventually into Windermere, it has a heavily industrialised past and used to be nicknamed Rattle Ghyll. Many of the old mill buildings whose wheels it used to turn can still be seen in Ambleside. Some are used as shops. They used to produce bobbins for silk and cotton thread, to process wool so it was warm and tough, as well as grinding corn.

The fall in Blue Hill Woods is rather smaller in comparison and is tucked well out of the way in a small clearing overlooking the town. Above it, on the nose of Wansfell Pike are some the best views of the town for only modest effort. An odd pillar, marked by Wainwright as "tower" in his book The Far Eastern Fells: Wansfell 3, stands nearby.

Parking in Ambleside is reasonably plentiful although it does get busy at holiday times. There is the main car park above the town centre on the A591 towards Rydal. And for longer stays the Miller Field car park at the bottom end of town is large and often has space when the other has filled up. There are a couple of smaller car parks dotted around too.