A 10 mile walk from Appleby via Hoff, Rutter Force waterfall Ormside and back.


The Appleby 'Two Rivers' walk (Hoff Beck and Eden River) by Happy Hiker. Along this section of the walk, you see Rutter Force, a spectacular, horseshoe shaped waterfall, alongside which is an old sandstone mill building with a restored waterwheel, dating back to the 16th Century and now holiday accommodation . At one time the waterwheel generated electricity for Great Asby village, about a mile and a half due south.




The return leg follows the course of the River Eden. The walk can be extremely muddy in places and gaiters are strongly recommended in the absence of a prolonged dry spell.

The walk starts from the Moot Hall in Appleby. Walk the short distance up Boroughgate taking a right at High Wiend, past the end of  Doomgate and left up Banks Lane, following the footpath sign for “Bandley Bridge” .

The path divides at a children’s playground. Take the right fork along Margarets Way. Turn right and at the ‘T’ junction then left where you will see a footpath across the fields indicated by the fingerpost for “Bandley Bridge”.

At the end of a section of hedge, go over a stile next to a gate and turn left. Head for the diagonally opposite corner of the field. Here you will find a blue bridleway arrow indicating your onward route along the left hand boundary of the next field. At the bottom of the field, go through a gate bearing a plaque for “Rachel’s Wood”.

At the end of Rachel’s Wood, cross a stile, then Bandley Bridge and turn left to follow the right hand bank of Hoff Beck indicated by a blue bridleway arrow. Now follow this path along the route of the beck to Hoff. The only thing to watch out for is a split in the path marked by a post, where the bridleway branches right. Keep left following the yellow arrow.

You arrive at a farmyard at Hoff. Go through the gate, then left through another gate, to exit into the road next to the New Inn.


Continue straight across the road following the road sign for “Oakbeck ½ mile and Drybeck 1¾ miles” . Follow this road for about three hundred yards, round a right hand bend, then take a footpath off to the left, indicated by a fingerpost for “Rutter Force 1 mile”.

Follow a short broad track then through a gate, follow the left hand boundary to a footbridge. Cross it and turn right to follow the left hand boundary of the stream. Ignore the first bridge you come to. Follow the bank of the beck until just before reaching a plantation, you arrive at a footbridge. Cross and turn left to follow the opposite bank. You will get to a stile where above to the right is a white house. Once over the stile, the path bends right towards the left of house, actually emerging on its drive. Turn left here and you are at Rutter Force.

Cross the footbridge in front of Rutter Force and continue up the road. At the ‘T’ junction, turn left along the road for less than a quarter of a mile. Take a footpath on the right indicated by a public footpath fingerpost for “Donkey’s Nest”. Follow the right hand field boundary. At the top of the field, cross a stile and bear slightly left at about 45° and cross a stile by the gate into the road. Turn left. At the cross roads, keep straight ahead and follow the road into Great Ormside. As you come into the village, there is a phone box and a bench for a potential picnic stop. Continue along the road on which you entered the village and not far past the bench, turn left on to a footpath indicated by a public footpath fingerpost . The path is well marked with yellow arrows. Follow it to a broad track and turn left.

When the track divides, keep left. The track passes under the railway line. Immediately after the railway line, keep straight ahead over a concrete ladder stile. The route then curves left, under the power lines. Cross a footbridge over a beck, then fork right at the other side, climbing slightly. You soon start to get glimpses of the River Eden through the trees on the right and after descending some rough steps, you arrive at the riverbank. Turn left to follow the bank all the way to Appleby entering the town via the top of Boroughgate .