The Ghyll

Lying at the eastern end of Gilcrux Village, the “Ghyll” is a small, semi-wild, mixed woodland. Paths and steps are maintained for walkers and dog walkers to access the wood.
 
image of trees and a path at the Gyhll in Gilcrux

In spring, bluebells and celendines carpet parts of the woodland floor.
 
image of Gilcrux wood

The woodland is known locally as the “Ghyll”, an old Cumbrian word from the Norse “gil” – a ravine or narrow valley. Indeed, some sections of the path are steep enough for steps to have been installed.
 
image of the Ghyll
Like Gilcrux Village itself, the woodland is very peaceful. No road noise is heard, enabling the visitor to fully enjoy tranquillity and birdsong.
 
Winding paths lead down through the trees.
 
image of paths in Gilcrux wood
To a small “beck”, or stream, named Leathersgill Beck.
 
image of the Ghyll
The stream is crossed by a narrow wooden bridge.
 
image of a wooden bridge over a stream in Gilcrux wood
To enter the Ghyll take the main road running through the centre of the village heading east. Look for the footpath signpost at the first sharp turn as the houses peter out. Turn left down the narrow pathway beside the signpost.
 
image of the signpost to Gilcrux woods
The Ghyll is popular with dog walkers but it is very clean, as is the rest of Gilcrux village, with no evidence of fouling. Please remember to “scoop the poop”. A poop bin is located adjacent to the signpost, at the footpath entrance to the Ghyll.
 
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