Stockghyll Force - Ambleside

A short and sweet waterfall walk from the heart of Ambleside. Stockghyll Force is marked on the map but can be a little tricky to find unless you know the secret. It's easy enough to find the beck: it's next door to Cunningham's outdoor shop, but the falls are up stream and it isn't entirely obvious how to get there. A friendly local might point you in the right direction or you can use this short guide.

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.

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.