The Gelt river rises above the small hill village of Castle Carrock. Here you will find Jockey Shield and the RSPB bird reserve of Upper Geltsdale. There is a short walk down to the valley floor from the car park but you then have miles of walking and exploration ahead of you.
A short way upstream is a small waterfall and deep pool known to the locals as the swimming hole and very welcome it can be on a hot summer day.
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