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Sour Milk Gill Falls | Hidden Waterfall in Lake District, England

Updated: Mar 6

You'll find a lovely set of cascading waterfalls on the path from Easdale towards Easdale Tarn when you visit Sour Milk Gill. This small river cascades gently down the hills so it may not be as impressive as most falls, however there's a sublime beauty to the water, the falls, the countryside and the stillness of the scene. You can also have a quick dip if the water isn't too freezing!


Image of Sour Milk Gill Waterfall in England.
Photo taken by @kellylaban via Instagram.

If you're talking the popular walk from Grasmere to Easdale Tarn you'll be surprised to know theres a gorgeous hidden gem of a waterfall waiting for you only about a mile away. If there's been plenty of rain (which isn't surprising for the UK!) you'll see the amazing cascading waters long before you reach them.


It's a pleasant resting spot on the way to the Tarn offering visitors breath-taking views of Easdale as you look back towards Grasmere.

Stunning. Parked at the camp site £5 all day, the water was so fresh and the whole family enjoyed diving in and having a swim! – Google Review

We definitely recommend a swim in this lovely waterfall pool! As you're floating you'll be presented with divine views over the valley and chances are you'll have the whole place to yourself.


FAQs/Things to know before visiting Sour Milk Gill


1) Where is Sour Milk Gill Falls located?

Sour Milk Gill Falls is located in the Lake District National Park, near the village of Grasmere in Cumbria, England.


2) What makes Sour Milk Gill Falls a hidden gem?

Sour Milk Gill Falls is considered a hidden gem due to its serene location, natural beauty, and the picturesque cascade of water as it tumbles down the rocky terrain amidst the lush greenery of the Lake District. The waterfall offers visitors a peaceful and enchanting experience away from the crowds.


3) How do I get to Sour Milk Gill Falls?

Visitors can access Sour Milk Gill Falls by foot from the village of Grasmere. There is a footpath leading from Grasmere to Sour Milk Gill Falls, which follows the course of Sour Milk Gill through the woodlands and rocky terrain. The waterfall can be reached by following this footpath upstream.


4) Is there an entrance fee to visit Sour Milk Gill Falls?

There is no entrance fee to visit Sour Milk Gill Falls, as it is located in a public-access area within the Lake District National Park.


5) What can I expect to see at Sour Milk Gill Falls?

At Sour Milk Gill Falls, visitors can admire the beauty of the cascading water as it flows over the rocky steps amidst the tranquil woodland surroundings. The area is also rich in flora and fauna, providing opportunities for nature observation and photography.


6) Are guided tours available for Sour Milk Gill Falls?

While there may not be formal guided tours, visitors can explore the area around Sour Milk Gill Falls on their own, following the footpath and enjoying the natural beauty of the Lake District.


7) Is Sour Milk Gill Falls suitable for families and children?

Sour Milk Gill Falls can be suitable for families and children, but caution is advised, especially near the waterfall where the terrain may be uneven and slippery. Parents should supervise children closely during the visit.


8) Are dogs allowed at Sour Milk Gill Falls?

Yes, dogs are allowed in the Lake District National Park, including the area around Sour Milk Gill Falls, but owners must keep them on a lead and clean up after them to preserve the cleanliness and safety of the area.


9) Are there facilities or amenities near Sour Milk Gill Falls?

The village of Grasmere may offer amenities such as parking, accommodations, restrooms, and dining options for visitors. It is advisable to come prepared with any necessary supplies.


10) What is the best time to visit Sour Milk Gill Falls?

Sour Milk Gill Falls can be visited all year-round, but the waterfall may be most impressive after heavy rainfall or during the spring thaw when the water flow is at its peak. Visitors may also enjoy exploring the surrounding woodland during the warmer months when the landscape is green and vibrant.



Image of Sour Milk Gill Waterfall in England.
Photo taken by @sarahj_outdoors via Instagram.

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