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About Geltsdale

Birch trees at Black Burn, RSPB Geltsdale reserve, Cumbria,

Image: Chris Gomersall

Set in the beautiful North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Geltsdale is home to black grouse, birds of prey and breeding wading birds and is ideal for walking.

There are four waymarked trails leading from the car park at Howgill. The Stagsike Trail will take 1–2 hours to walk and the other trails a little longer. Stagsike Cottages are approximately a 40-minute walk from the parking area and provide an information point and toilets.

Many of the trails are on existing tracks but boots are essential for much of the year and waterproofs are recommended. There is no general vehicle access to Stagsike Cottages but disabled access can be pre-arranged by phoning the reserve.

Opening times

Trails are open at all times, and the Information Point between 9 am-5 pm.

Entrance charges

Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.

Information for dog owners

Dogs are welcome but we would request that they are kept on a lead, as the reserve is a working farm.

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 54.919041,-2.643508
  • Grid reference: NY588584
  • Nearest town: Brampton, Cumbria
  • County: Cumbria
  • Country: England

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