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RSPB Geltsdale opens new trail

Last modified: 01 September 2016

Birch trees at Black Burn, RSPB Geltsdale reserve, Cumbria,

Image: Chris Gomersall

A brand new trail has been opened at RSPB Geltsdale and visitors are invited to a special event at the Hallbankgate nature reserve to mark the occasion.

The trail runs through Forest Head, a former limestone and shale quarry, which has been reclaimed by nature and is now home to important wildlife.

To celebrate the opening of the new route, an exclusive guided walk led by local artist and historian, Janet Lambert, is taking place on Saturday 17 September and includes the chance to view her latest exhibition ‘Forest Head Query’.

Janet Lambert said: “I am originally from Ulverston and when I came to live at Coalfell 17 years ago, I began to explore the local area and research the history of Bruthwaite – an old hunting forest which includes Forest Head.  My detailed investigations continued over a period of 10 years and inspired my exhibition which is drawn from maps, photographs, artefacts and stories from my research archive of the history and people of Bruthwaite. I hope those who come on the walk or to view my exhibition will be as intrigued by the unusual history of the area as I am.”

The guided walk will meet at the car park at RSPB Geltsdale at 10 am and be followed by the opportunity to view Janet’s exhibition in the gallery space at Stagsike Cottages - the information point at RSPB Geltsdale.

The walk costs £4 for adults (RSPB members £3) and £2 for children (RSPB Wildlife Explorer members £1.50). Booking is essential by phoning Geltsdale on 016977 46717 or alternatively by emailing

Ian Ryding, Farmland Warden at Geltsdale said: “We are very excited to open this new trail at Forest Head Quarry.  Today nature has claimed it back and the calls of curlew, snipe and black grouse fill the air. If you look carefully, however, you can still see the remnants of an industrial past, with the remains of the old lime kilns and railway lines highlighting the site’s unique history. It is a very special place which we hope visitors will enjoy exploring.”


Following the event, Janet Lambert’s exhibition will be open for viewing 9 am-5 pm, every day until Saturday 12 November. Admission is free of charge. For more information on events and wildlife spectacles at Geltsdale visit

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