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Smardale Gill Nature Reserve

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Absolutely gorgeous walk

This was one of the highlights of our recent trip to this area. We were staying at Brownber Hall... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Wonderful Walk

We walked to the viaduct and back along the valley, having parked on the roadside in Kelleth Road... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Gorleston-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Smardale, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4HG, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of the highlights of our recent trip to this area. We were staying at Brownber Hall (see review) so walked from there. The views are beautiful, across the stream to the hills beyond, there are scenic ancient bridges, fields of sheep grazing,...More

1  Thank JHM231
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked to the viaduct and back along the valley, having parked on the roadside in Kelleth Road. It is a lovely flat route with lovely scenery, along the old railway line past the Brick Kilns. Then suddenly, you are upon the viaduct with gorgeous...More

1  Thank ZaksAngel
Reviewed July 17, 2018 via mobile

Some great walks around the Smardale area. Very small parking area and then you can walk along the nice flat and now unused railway line along to the stunning Smardale Gill Viaduct which you can then walk over. Plenty of interesting flow and fauna with...More

Thank PeteandE
Reviewed June 19, 2018 via mobile

We stumbled across this wonderful nature reserve almost by accident whilst staying at Brownber Hall (a must for a peaceful retreat lovers) at Brownber. This eliminated the issue of where to park which I can imagine being a problem. Whilst at the Hall we used...More

1  Thank Steven D
Reviewed June 16, 2018

My wife and I have just walked from Newbiggin on Lune to smardale hall along the old train line over the spectacular Smardale viaduct.and back,birds singing wild flowers every where ,air so fresh and clean.and so peaceful .

Thank geoff0521
Reviewed February 17, 2018 via mobile

We started in Ravenstonedale and walked up to the viaduct and back along the old railway line. Easy to follow route and plenty to see en route. Lots of wildlife and archeology. A great little walk.

2  Thank Tramper88
Reviewed October 3, 2017

I'm lucky as i live just a few miles from the Smardale Gill Nature Reserve and this walk is one i undertake two or three times a month. A little gem of a walk, which is about 3.4 miles from end to end. It is...More

3  Thank Danny C
Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

I was lucky enough to live in the gorgeous hamlet of Smardale for 4 years while at uni: I'd move back tomorrow if I could, but in the meantime I make do with the reserve. Apart from the easy access, it's on a Beeching line...More

1  Thank Lynette54uk
Reviewed August 11, 2017 via mobile

We visited the reserve yesterday morning in gorgeous sunshine. After a slight problem finding somewhere to park (the locals are very anti parking but the trust are working to resolve this) we set off down the track to the reserve. Although there are red squirrel...More

Thank Liz E
Reviewed July 22, 2017

Took a walk along the old railway to the viaduct. It was a delightful day, and the walk was thoroughly enjoyable, with plenty of birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Some great views too, particularly the old Smardalegill Viaduct.

2  Thank Souwester147
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September 1, 2018|
Response from PeteandE | Reviewed this property |
Walk from smardale. CA174HG. Very small parking area. Coming from the Kirkby Stephen area cross the bridge over the old station and turn left. The entrance to the walk is a gate on the right. It is a very flat walk along the... More