Stanley Ghyll Force is a 60-foot-high waterfall in a dramatic deep and narrow gorge, where rhododendrons on high ledges and precipices and a series of wooden bridges give an almost oriental feel to the area.
Extreme care is needed in places, as the path is very steep and unfenced.
From Woodend this can be reached on foot quite easily as it’s only a couple of miles away. However, if you prefer to leave out the boggy walk across to Devoke Water boat house, you can park at the crossroads on the Fell Road.
If walking from here, take the track leading from the boathouse at Devoke Water to the fell road (where you can park your car), and go across the fell road at the crossroads bearing left through the farm before Birkerthwaite, (a small community of mostly holiday cottages).
Once you have found Stanley Gyhll, if you carry on down the ravine you will reach Boot and it is then possible to add another 6 miles to the walk by walking back up the valley and then turning left at the King George IV and following the road uphill onto Birker Fell.
Alternatively, you can park in a car park down in the Eskdale Valley situated up a right turn off the road between Beckfoot and Dalegarth stations before you get to Boot. From here a track leads up the wooded ravine. The beck is particularly impressive after rainy weather.