May the Force be With You!

Sheila NewtonStarred Page By Sheila Newton, 26th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/r239b2g3/
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Taking up Mark Gordon Brown's Travel and Tourism challenge once again, this is the tale of Stock Ghyll Force, a natural wonder near Ambleside in the Lake District, UK.

From Windermere to Ambleside - the Beginning

Taking the open-air tourist bus from Bowness to Ambleside, our quest, as part of our week-end break staying at the lovely Coppice Guest House between Windermere and Bowness, was to reach the top of Stock Ghyll Force.

Stock Ghyll, we were told, is a pretty little waterfall just outside Ambleside. Oh, but they told us wrong. I was expecting ‘small’, we got ‘mighty’ - I was expecting ‘cute’, we got magnificent: a force to be reckoned with.

Stock Ghyll - a Babbling Brook Upstream

There’s an alleyway between Barclays Bank and the Market Hall (now a restaurant). Turn left along a lane, Stock Ghyll should come into sight within a few yards. The road follows by the side of the tree-lined park. We entered Stock Ghyll Park just past the sign for ‘Waterfall’ and climbed Stock Ghyll Lane to where a metal gateway leads into Stock Ghyll Park on the left.

Following Stock Ghyll’s babbling brook upstream (a tributary of the River Rothay), we encountered ferns and wild garlic galore. We’d missed the glorious early spring-time display of wild daffodils in the Park by a couple of months.

But we weren’t short of seeing the last of the beautiful lilac and red blooms of Rhododendron bushes. And there were foxglove, meadowsweet, forget-me-nots and speedwell, red and white clover on show in huge carpets as we climbed higher upstream. It was a breathtaking sight.

Although there was birdsong from high in the oak and ash, birch and sycamore, it was a big disappointment that we didn’t spot even one bird close enough to identify: though the literature does boast the presence of the spotted flycatcher in Stock Ghyll Park. You, dear readers, may be more fortunate than we!

The Wonderful Weir of Stock Ghyll

We thought we were nearing the top of the waterfall when we came upon an enormous curtain of water, falling in thunderous sheets of glistening waves downward – but that turned out to be the weir.

What a sight it was. I wanted to get really close to the weir, so I had to go backside first down a steep bank that was covered in wild garlic. The scent of the garlic, as I crushed it with my rear-end, was moutherwatering!

My ears were accosted by the deafening roar at the bottom of the bank - but it was worth it: the vision of this huge blanket of sparkling water falling ever down was unbelievable.

Stock Ghyll - the Summit

Our walk, continuing upward, brought us to the summit where the noise of the waterfall is like the roar of a pride of lions – and the sight is so spectacular. The waterfall at the summit is split into two, tumbling down in a series of falls that can only be described as mind-blowing.

The viewpoints at Stock Ghyll are so well-situated that you can almost touch the spray as the waterfall crashes and booms down on its seventy-foot journey to the pool below. The xperience is awe-inspiring.

Many years ago, there were twelve watermills driven by the power of Stock Ghyll and other local becks, helping in the manufacture of bobbins, processed fabrics, paper and ground corn.

Summing up the Stock Ghyll Trail

The Stock Ghyll Force walk is about a two and a half mile round trip.

You don’t need any special gear for this extraordinary walking experience – just a pair of sensible shoes. And I used a hiking stick: very handy it was too – though sliding down the muddy banks and clambering back up is the really fun part!

The walk attracts thousands of visitors every year. And it’s well worth a sight-seeing and hiking tour if you're ever in the Lake District.
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After visiting the enthralling Stock Ghyll, we made our way back to the centre of Ambleside for a well-deserved drink and a pub lunch. Ambleside is such a pretty country town.
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Next on our agenda was a riverside walk to visit the Roman Fort ‘Galava’ then over toward the barrow and on to Waterhead to get wind-blown on the open-topped bus back to Windermere and ‘home’ to the Coppice Guesthouse. But that’s another story for another day – another article, perhaps!

Details and Important Links

For The Coppice Guesthouse, Windermere, visit:
http://www.thecoppice.co.uk/
For a detailed walk around Stock Ghyll and other walks around Ambleside, visit:
http://www.lake-district-guides.co.uk/walksvalley/walksvalley4a.html
If you’ve enjoyed this article, you might like to visit my personal blog, Writing for My Life’ at:
http://sheilanewton.blogspot.com

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Ambleside, Spring Flowers, Spring Images, Stock Ghyll Force, Walking, Walking Tour, Waterfall, Windermere

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author avatar Sheila Newton
A retired nurse and teacher, with two cats, a husband and a grown up son, I write short stories, articles - and I'm an ardent blogger. Catch up with me on my blog at: http://sheilanewton.blogspot.com

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author avatar Val Mills
26th Apr 2012 (#)

You are constantly on the go! Good to see you back.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
27th Apr 2012 (#)

Hi Val - thanks for the comments

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author avatar vpaulose
26th Apr 2012 (#)

And with your STAR. Thank you dear Sheila for your beautiful post.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
27th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you my darlin' - lovely to hear from you.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
26th Apr 2012 (#)

Wonderful to see you Shelia beautiful article with just amazing pictures, thank you:0)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
27th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks so much my lovely Delicia.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
27th Apr 2012 (#)

Lovely nature.
I can feel what you felt when you were there.
I still can hear the sound of the falling falls-
Wondering how prattler the are-
Keep on talking and talking in their own language-
We call them fall-
Falling language!?

Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
27th Apr 2012 (#)

Aaaah! Such a beautiful comment in poetry. Love it.

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author avatar Buzz
27th Apr 2012 (#)

Fabulous travel page, dear friend. Spectacular pics! Congrats on the star. Yay!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
27th Apr 2012 (#)

Aw thanks Buzz, my superstar.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
27th Apr 2012 (#)

this is very very beautiful and the pics super...a well deserved star page and you are a star too..

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author avatar Sheila Newton
27th Apr 2012 (#)

Wow - what accolades!! Thank you cnwriter. You're a star too.

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author avatar Robb714
28th Apr 2012 (#)

A very enchanting adventure, thanks.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
28th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks Robb. Must pop in and check out your new stuff. Haven't heard from you in a while - but then, I've benn a bit MIA myself!!

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author avatar achmad asrory
30th Apr 2012 (#)

who are you, sheila? I feel that I follow you there.....

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author avatar Sheila Newton
30th Apr 2012 (#)

Yes - you followed me, so I took a look at your work and now i'm following you too. nice to be friends on Wiki, yeah?

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author avatar rajaryanme
1st May 2012 (#)

Wow....fantastic post with stunning pics. Well deserve of the star post.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
1st May 2012 (#)

What a lovely thing to say. Thanks so much.

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author avatar Elove Poetry
1st May 2012 (#)

great post. stunning shots

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author avatar Sheila Newton
1st May 2012 (#)

Thanks elove. Lovely to hear from you.

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author avatar shallimarRose
1st May 2012 (#)

Easy to see why this is a Star page.. Beautifully done... Wonderful stills... ty

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author avatar Sheila Newton
1st May 2012 (#)

Thanks ty. I'm chuffed to bits with your comment.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
2nd May 2012 (#)

gorgeous, gorgeous all..Sheila, marvellous descrip, fabulous pics..so well deserved this star page... congrats...xox

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author avatar Sheila Newton
9th May 2012 (#)

Thanks for the enthusiasm, cnwriter.

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author avatar Maumita
3rd May 2012 (#)

Lovely writeup, Lovely Images and all this reflects how Lovely You are. Keep going :)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
9th May 2012 (#)

Aw, thanks Maumita. How nice of you to say such lovely things about me.

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author avatar rama devi nina
10th May 2012 (#)

Wonderful journey and super pics! Thanks ;)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
10th May 2012 (#)

Thanks so much. nice to hear from you. Must catch up with your pages too.

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author avatar Shaunak
31st May 2012 (#)

Beautiful article with beautiful pictures, Great job sheila

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author avatar Sheila Newton
23rd Jun 2012 (#)

Thanks Shaunak. Nice of you to call in. Having a little writing break from Wiki - but It's nice to call in every now and then to catch up.

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author avatar stevetheblogger
13th Jul 2012 (#)

Sheila fantastic article took me back to my school days when we went on a trip to Keswick quite close to Windermere
Best Wishes
Steve

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author avatar Sheila Newton
14th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Steve. Appreciate the comments.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Aug 2012 (#)

You really have an eye for detail and beauty, Sheila. What wonderful photos! Your absence is felt! siva

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author avatar Sheila Newton
9th Sep 2012 (#)

Sorry I haven't been around Siva. I miss the Wikinut community - but I had to shelve some of my online writing and wikinut was one of the areas I axed. I'll call in from time to time - and maybe post the odd article. Are you not on Triond? I still write there from time to time. Anyway, lovely of you to write and comment on my work. How are you, honey?

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author avatar vpaulose
10th Oct 2012 (#)

Nice, thanks. I miss you for long Sheila.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
10th Oct 2012 (#)

Miss you too vpaulose. I'm not writing on Wiki just now. I had to thin out my writing - it was all getting a bit much! Still write on Triond and occassionally on Experts Column. I'll check out a couple of your articles while I'm here. Thanks for the lovelhy comment. Love ya lots.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
21st Nov 2012 (#)

Are you tired of writing sheila?

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author avatar vpaulose
29th Dec 2012 (#)

Thank you dear Sheila for your affectionate appreciation. Wish you a prosperous and happy New Year.

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