"Gelt Woods" Brampton Things to Do Tip by nickandchris

Brampton Things to Do: 6 reviews and 25 photos

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This is a wonderful walk through Gelt woods, following the river Gelt, a tributary of the Irthing. It is an RSPB nature reserve and the ideal place to spot red squirrels and all manner of birds.

Set off from the small car park by Gelt bridge and follow the path that takes you along the river. In late September the wood is a red carpet of fallen beech nuts and leaves, the trees overhead appear a vivid green and underfoot,fungi abounds. A short distance into the walk, we noticed the natural pot holes in the river bed, created by the constant swirl of stones being tossed around. There is a seat here, as there is at other places of interest.

We came to the old quarry where stone was taken from to build and repair Hadrian's Wall (separate tip for the quarry.)The stone cliffs were incredibly high with trees growing out at all angles.Quite an amazing place.

We stopped for our coffee on a seat by the quarries, inscribed with "Soft yielding water overcomes the hard rock."

We didn't walk the full route down to Greenwell, opting to head back on a shorter and slightly higher route above the river. It is a beautiful place, one I hope I will return to. It seems to be a popular place for joggers, a few passed us and took a dip in the stream when they had finished!!

Since we have returned home, I came across an intriguing article about "pixies" in this area. The link is below.

Address: Brampton, Cumbria.
Directions: Heading west,two miles south of Brampton turn left off the A69 to Geltbridge. Car park across the road.
Website: http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/features/people/cumbrian_mini_housing_estate_that_s_certainly_elf_build_1_611678

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  • Updated Sep 29, 2010
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