GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Gelt Woods

6 miles (9 km)

Follow the River Gelt through Gelt Woods Nature Reserve, on this delightful walk near Brampton, Cumbria. There's pretty bluebells in the spring, the running waters of the river and lots of wildlife to look out for in the shady woods.
You can start your walk from the car park at Low Gelt Bridge and then head south along the river to Middle Gelt Bridge and High Gelt Bridge. It's just under 3 miles to High Gelt so about 6 miles there and back.
As you make your way through the first section of the woods, look out for the rock with an inscription carved by a Roman soldier in the early part of the 3rd Century.
The woods are located just a mile to the west of Talkin Tarn Country Park. This is a great place to extend your walk with nice footpaths to follow around the large glacial tarn.


CA8 1SY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Gelt Woods OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Gelt Woods Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head east into Talkin Tarn Country Park and you'll find a splendid tea room at the northern end of the lake.
To the west there's The Stone Inn in the little village of Hayton. The 19th century pub serves good quality food and traditionally brewed cask ales. You can find them at postcode CA8 9HR for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woods are a fine place for a dog walk so you'll probably see other owners on your visit. The Stone Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head a couple of miles south east of the woods and you can visit the picturesque Castle Carrock Reservoir. It's a lovely and peaceful area with the associated village of Castle Carrock also worth seeing.
The circular Brampton Walk visits the woods from the train station located just to the north east in Milton. It also visits Talkin Tarn and the surrounding countryside.
A few miles to the south west you'll find the worthy village of Wetheral where you can visit a historic ruined priory, the River Eden and the National Trust's Wetheral Woods. Near here there's also the Wreay Woods Nature Reserve where you can look out for otters by the River Petteril.
A few miles to the east there's the Geltsdale Walk to try. Here you'll find a rugged RSPB nature reserve with becks, hills, old quarries, a pretty tarn and lots of wildlife to see.
Just a couple of miles to the north east of Brampton there's Miltonrigg Woods to explore. There's more peaceful woodland trails here with pretty bluebells in the spring and lots wildlife to see. Lanercost Priory is also located in this area. The English heritage run site was originally founded in 1169 as an Augustinian monastery. Today the substantial priory ruins are well worth a visit for the fascinating history and architecure.
For more walking ideas in the area see the North Pennines Walks and Cumbria Walks pages.


Fallen trees after a stormy day in Gelt Wood - - 1519425

Fallen trees after a stormy day in Gelt Wood

The path through Gelt Wood - - 1519431

The path through Gelt Wood.

Hell Beck - - 216884

Point at which Hell Beck enters the River Gelt in Gelt Woods.

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Gelt Woods carpeted by fallen leaves in autumn.

Middle Gelt Bridge - - 2938393

Middle Gelt Bridge at the southern end of the woods.

River Gelt Tributary at dusk.. - - 279531

A tributary swells the Gelt..late autumn at dusk.

Farmland, Gelt Bridge - - 3430951

Farmland, Gelt Bridge

Former inn at Middle Gelt - - 4235437

Former inn at Middle Gelt


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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