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Explore Giggle Alley
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

On a low granite spur , which has its footage in the southern flank of Scafell, is a small woodland intriguingly known as Giggle Alley.

Hidden at the heart of this wood is the remains of a Japanese Garden. In addition to the garden the woodland is a great place for a short family walk where children can enjoy playing hide and seek.

The Japanese Garden was commissioned by Lord Rea and designed by Thomas Mawsons team of garden designers in 1914. At its heart are a series of pools (now filled only when it rains) surrouned by bamboo, magnolia and maples.

Spring picture of Giggle Alley. Cumbria

The garden is being restored through a partnership between the Forestry Commission and the local community and is free to visit and open daily. The Post Office in Eskdale Green usually has a supply of guides for sale.

What do other visitors say?

Moresby WI Wondered if you give an illustrated talk about the history and the work you have done in this hidden gem?


Thanks for your enquiry, please may we suggest you contact the Area Forester, Gareth Browning, on

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

We spent a lovely afternoon in august exploreing this gem the kids loved the garden area with the little bridges a very quiet and tranquil place

The Nimmo family, 10/Aug/2012
5 Stars 5 Stars

Fabulous garden visited this july. Mum managed climb to the top of the steps with the aid of her stick and a walking pole and it was well worth the climb. want to come back in the late spring

Griffiths family, 28/Jul/2010
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What's Here?

  • Dogs on lead
  • Walking
  • Arboreta
  • The japanese Garden is fantatstic all year round but the colors are at their best in Spring and Autumn.
  • Information
  • Ste Begas church in the village has a wonderfull free exhibition open all year round which includes the istory of the Japanese Garden
  • Parking
  • Limited free parking within Eskdale Green
  • Shop
  • Eskdale Green has a great little village shop.
  • Toliets
  • Free public toilets available within Eskdale Green near the entrance to the woodland.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: NY141002

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Gareth Browning
Beat Forester
017687 76816

Opening & Parking

Limited free parking within Eskdale Green
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified