Aira Force Hayeswater Gill trail

Walking trail

Hayeswater Gill runs down from Hayeswater reservoir, which once contributed to the water supply for north-west England. In the past the water powered a corn mill, turning a water wheel that pumped out water from a nearby lead mine - which you can still see today.

Hayeswater Gill in Ullswater


Route map for Hayeswater Gill trail


Hartsop village car park, CA11 0NZ, grid ref: NY410130


From the car park take the gate in the corner and follow the track past the sheep pens on your right. Proceed along the tarmac road with fine views of Grey Crag to the front and Hartsop Dodd to the right.

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After crossing the cattle grid, keep to the tarmac road and you will come to a gate. Once through the gate follow the road until you come to the old filter house which at one time filtered the water from the reservoir.

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Take the path below the filter house and follow it down to the beck coming down from Hayeswater.


Cross the beck using the small footbridge and climb up to the main track ahead. Once on the track, if you wish you can carry on up to the reservoir which is about 600m away.

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If you don't carry on to the reservoir, turn back down the track and follow it down through a gate and to the bottom of the slope, passing an old hogg house as you go. After walking a short distance you will cross another bridge.


A short distance after crossing the bridge, turn left down the field with the beck on your left. You will now see in front of you several stone piers that supported a wooden trough carrying water to the wheel pit below.


When reaching the wheel pit at the bottom of the field you can see Myers Head Mine - a walled structure across the beck. Turning right and keeping the beck on your left follow the path until you come to a wicket gate in the wall.


Once through the wicket gate, bear right and follow the drier grassy path over a little footbridge towards another stone structure. This is the old corn mill with the sandstone wheel still visible in the ground.

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Carry on past the corn mill and you will rejoin the tarmac road with the sheep pens ahead. Follow the track back to the start of the walk and the car park.


Hartsop village car park, CA11 0NZ, grid ref: NY410130

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Aira Force Hayeswater Gill trail


This is a circular trail. The first part of the walk is uphill along a tarmac road then onto a path down to a bridge across the beck. There is a steep climb out to a gravel track leading down to fields which could be slippery when wet.

Aira Force Hayeswater Gill trail

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Aira Force Hayeswater Gill trail

How to get here

Ullswater, Cumbria
By train
There are train stations at Penrith and Windermere which connect to bus route 108 Penrith - Patterdale. Also the 517 Bowness - Glenridding during the summer months.
By road

Hartsop village is just off the trunk road the A592 Penrith to Windermere.

By foot

Hartsop village is connected by several public rights of way from Patterdale to the north and Kirkstone to the south.

By bus
Bus route 517 Bowness-Glenridding, 16 April-30 October weekends and public holidays 23 July-4 September daily. This route connects with route 108 from Penrith at Patterdale.
By bicycle

Hartsop village is just off the trunk road the A592 Penrith to Windermere. A bridleway passes through Hartsop village which comes from the north and leads up to High street to the south-west.

Aira Force Hayeswater Gill trail

Facilities and access

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