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RSPB Geltsdale

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off the beaten track but well worth the effort

We called unfortunately with limited time for a walk; the reserve is HUGE so be prepared to spend... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2018
john e
Gateshead, United Kingdom
What a secluded and lovely RSPB if you fancy a good walk.

Visited on the off chance for a walk / birding spotting and we were VERY pleasantly surprised... read more

Reviewed 20 November 2017
Greater London, United Kingdom
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10 Sep 2018
“off the beaten track but well worth the effort”
26 Oct 2018
“You need to allow plenty of time for this one”
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Reviewed 27 October 2018

We stopped for lunch here. I suppose it was my fault, but I didn't realise that it was a 40 minute walk to the information point and we really didn't have that amount of time. To be realistic you need to plan to spend at...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ian P
Reviewed 10 September 2018

We called unfortunately with limited time for a walk; the reserve is HUGE so be prepared to spend some time there!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank john e
Reviewed 20 November 2017

Visited on the off chance for a walk / birding spotting and we were VERY pleasantly surprised - what a smashing reserve. Plenty of walks (long / short) on well marked trails through: heath, wood, tarn, fields, old disused quarry .... a real mixed bag....More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Fargo2016
Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

Had a fantastic 2 hour walk here where we saw Black Grouse and a short eared owl hunting. Great scenery and a variety of routes available with different lengths and ascents. Not much parking however and information centre was a bit disappointing

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank adamdO5770ZZ
Reviewed 8 June 2017

This is not a typical reserve with lots of hides, but a large area with good walks and open scenic countryside. Curlews and lapwings shout at you to keep away from their nest sites and the day I was there, a cuckoo was calling from...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank PoisFisher
Reviewed 9 December 2016

The reserve covers a huge area so although it is well visited you can walk here without seeing anyone. Beautiful wild hillside, moorland, beck and tarn and industrial history. There's been a lot of tree planting so it will be enjoyable to see how the...More

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

We'd hoped to perhaps see Black Grouse, but were instead rewarded with Kestrels and Buzzards. All in all a lovely walk through the newly planted hillside.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Annie M
Reviewed 3 August 2016

This small reserve has a few different walking routes plus a tarn with a hide to look for both birds and mammals.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank mzungubabe
Reviewed 4 July 2016

I spent two hours walking one of the trails. I took my time and was busy birdwatching and photographing wildlife most of the time. There is a good variety to see in this very peaceful area. I recommend it highly.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Adam J
Reviewed 26 April 2015 via mobile

An early morning start to see a Black Grouse lek. Ian escorted us across the fell side and there they were. Job done and a great experience. All questions answered and the tea and yum-yums went down a treat. As well as the grouse, plenty...More

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Ann L
16 January 2018|
Response from Fargo2016 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry - I do not know, but I assume so if on a lead (as its also a farming area with sheep / cattle).