GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Geltsdale

5 miles (8.5 km)

This walk explores the RSPB's Geltsdale Nature Reserve and the pretty Tindale Tarn in the North Pennines. There's some fine scenery here with becks, hills and old quarries to see. The area is also great for wildlife with black grouse, curlews, and birds of prey like the hen harrier to look out for.
You can start your walk from the RSPB car park at the western end of the site, just south of Hallbankgate. From here you can pick up walking trails heading east towards Tarnhouse Rigg, Tindale Tarn and the village of Tindale. You can then turn around and head west past the old quarries and Bruthwaite Forest to Howgill. Here you turn north to head past Tortie Hill and return to the car park.

Postcode

CA8 2PN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Geltsdale OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Geltsdale Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

A few miles to the west there's more waterside footpaths to enjoy around Talkin Tarn Country Park. Gelt Woods, Castle Carrock Reservoir and the worthy villages of Brampton and Wetheral are also not too far away.
To the east you can pick up the riverside South Tyne Trail just to the south of Haltwhistle.
For more walking ideas in the area see the North Pennines Walks page.

Photos

Geltsdale RSPB car park - geograph.org.uk - 1539515

Geltsdale RSPB car park

View of Tindale Tarn and Tindale Fells - geograph.org.uk - 2024497

View of Tindale Tarn and Tindale Fells

Tindale Tarn - geograph.org.uk - 455758

Tindale Tarn

RSPB Stagsike near Tindale Tarn - geograph.org.uk - 2024485

RSPB Stagsike near Tindale Tarn

Footbridge over Howgill Beck - geograph.org.uk - 1539871

Footbridge over Howgill Beck

Limekilns at Bishop Hill Quarry - geograph.org.uk - 1540336

Limekilns at Bishop Hill Quarry

Tindale - geograph.org.uk - 1828641

Tindale

Tarn Beck and remains of spoil heaps at Tindale - geograph.org.uk - 898680

Tarn Beck and remains of spoil heaps at Tindale

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Geltsdale.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Geltsdale.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)