Hidden away in the north-west corner of the North Pennines, Geltsdale is a remote and ruggedly beautiful nature reserve that encompasses two hill farms – Geltsdale and Tarnhouse.

Geltsdale is an undulating landscape: a patchwork of blanket bog, heath, grassland, meadows and woodland rising from 200m above sea level to 620m at Cold Fell. These habitats are an important home to a range of threatened wildlife.

What to See

The blanket bogs, heath, upland farmland and woods of Geltsdale support a great diversity of wildlife. Many breeding birds are found here, including black grouse, golden plovers, curlew, ring ouzel, merlin and short-eared owl and the reserve is one of only a handful of nesting sites of hen harriers in England.

Best Times to Visit

Anytime is good time to visit as each season has much to offer, from lekking black grouse to a crescendo of birdsong.


Postcode: CA8 2PN

Latitude / Longitude: 54.9196618, -2.6432209

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