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Walk difficulty: Moderate
We will walk from the A591 up the coastal path to the Hyrdo pump before continuing to the bridge over Tongue Gill and down into Gillside Wood – the route includes rough terrain and some uphill sections.

Walk length: Approximately 3 miles / 4.8km


Come and see how the 100 kWh Hydro scheme has been developed and now works in this very sensitive Lake District location. Since 2014 the scheme has produced nearly 4 million kilowatts of Green electricity from nothing more than the gravitational force of water descending Tongue Gill.

We’ll then visit Gillside Wood to hear how volunteers in Grasmere have spent 30 years successfully ensuring the local survival of the native red squirrels that are threatened with extinction due to the invasive grey squirrel. 

We will hopefully see some red squirrels at Gillside and talk about how important they are as indicators in the serious task of recovering and maintaining British wildlife, nature and biodiversity.


Gillside Wood Planting at Gillside started on 26th November 2014 at our mass volunteering event, the ‘Grasmere Fell Care Day’. Volunteers turned out in force to plant native oak, cherry, alder, rowan, hawthorn, birch, scots pine, dogwood and blackthorn. We were also joined by the Secretary of State for water, forestry, rural affairs and resource management, Dan Rogerson MP. He got his hands dirty helping volunteers to plant the first 403 trees of the woodland.

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