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Getting to Smardale Gill Nature Reserve

How to get to Smardale Gill Nature Reserve

Image of Smardale Gill Nature Reserve in Cumbria

The reserve can be accessed from two entrances by car:

By car:

From the A685 between Ravenstonedale and Kirkby Stephen take the turning signposted Smardale (this is 0.75km/1m south west of Kirkby Stephen West rail station). Ignore the turning to Waitby. Cross over the railway and turn left at the junction. Ignore the sign for Smardale hamlet and cross the disused railway, turn immediately left and then left again for the car park. GPS co-ords: 54.468634, -2.403946  Please note that this route follows narrow lanes with limited passing places. This car park is small and popular. It is often full especially weekends in the summer. Please park considerately and take into account passing places, access to fields and resident’s property.  View on Google Map 

Alternative route by car:

From the A685 Newbiggin-on-Lune take the turning towards Kelleth and Great Asby. Take the immediate left sign posted Kelleth and park on the roadside. From there, it is approx. 250 metres walk to the reserve entrance. On foot follow the road sign posted to Great Asby, then turn right down the private road to Brownber. The nature reserve entrance is approximately another 150 metres ahead.
54.442395, -2.4592236 View on Google Map

By bicycle:

The nature reserve is 2.3km/3 miles from National Route 72 Walney to Wear.

By public transport:

The nearest train station is Kirkby Stephen West. Buses run from Kendal, Sedbergh and Brough to Kirkby Stephen.

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