Stanley Ghyll is “one of the finest waterfall ravines in the Lake District”. The humid, sheltered conditions within the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) protect a rich community of mosses, lichen, liverwort and notable rare ferns. The Beck, the waterfall and adjacent woodlands form the most important habitat for these plants in southwest Lakeland. Moreover, the awe-inspiring landscape and unusual biodiversity motivated exploration en-masse and Stanley Ghyll became a popular destination for tourism and artistic endeavour in the late Georgian and early Victorian eras.
The common, invasive ponticum variety thrived in the steep sided ravine of Stanley Ghyll and in less than one hundred years, the property was a sprawling mass of densely packed, unchecked rhododendron growth; poisoning the soils, shutting out the light and the views and preventing the natural progression of the native species.
In 2019, the Lake District National park volunteers and specialist contractors to begin removing two hectares of the invasive rhododendron to allow the native woodland to regenerate. As well as opening up the views to the waterfall. So the site had to be closed as it was unsafe. It is due to reopen to the public in mid-April 2021
Start from the car park at Dalegarth Station on the Ravenglass-Eskdale Railway or go to the nearer National Trust car park.
Please note There are some steep parts with sheer drops.