RSPB Geltsdale Walking Trails

Set in the beautiful North Pennines AONB, Geltsdale is home to black grouse, birds of prey and breeding wading birds and is ideal for walking. There are 4 way marked trails leading from the car park of Howgill. The Stagsike trail will take 1-2 hours to walk and the other trails a little longer. Stagsike Cottages are approximately a 40 minute walk from the parking area and provide an information point and toilets. Many of the trails are on existing tracks but boots are essential for much of the year and waterproofs are recommended. There is no general vehicle access to Stagsike Cottages but disabled access can be pre-arranged by phoning the reserve (01697 746717). Trails are open at all times and the information point is open between 9am and 5pm. Dogs are welcome but they should be kept on a lead as the reserve is a working farm. A bus services the village of Hallbankgate, which is approximately a mile away.
Stagsike Cottage at RSPB Geltsdale © NPAP/Gearoid Murphy


Starting from Clesketts car park (NY588584), near Hallbankgate.


  • Boggy ground
  • Off road sections
  • On road sections



  • Car parking
  • Disabled
  • Public transport


Facilities nearby: 

  • Accessible toilets
  • Pub
  • Toilets