Garrigill

Grid Ref : NY 745416
 

 

Standing on the River South Tyne, not far from its source, and near Cross Fell is the small village of Garrigill. At its peak Garrigill was home to 1,000 people mainly employed in the lead mining industry, though its population numbers less than 200 now. Those who live and work in the village are mainly employed in agriculture.

 

The centre of the village is the green, with the George and Dragon pub, and the post office and village store that has changed little since the 1950s. St John’s church and the village hall are nearby.

 

The parish church of St. John was for centuries a chapel of ease to St. Augustines at Alston but was promoted to full parish status in the 1980s.

 

At Ashgillside and Beldy there are waterfalls namely Ashgill Force and Thortergill Force. Thortergill Force, formerly known to locals as Lady’s Walk, can be accessed by the public for a small admission charge.

 

The Pennine Way passes through the village on its way from from Dufton via Cross FellGreat Dun Fell and on to Alston.

 

The village is within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

 

England’s most popular long distance cycle route, the C2C, passes through the village.

 

 

 
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