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Explore Smithy Brow Lane
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Smithy Brow Lane provides pedestrian access only to Giggle Alley.

Giggle Alley which is a wonderfully small woodland including a unique Japanese Garden which is being restored by a partnership between the Forestry Commission and the local community.

Japanese maple and pine trees in Giggle Alley. Cumbria

The garden was originally created for Lord Rea by Thomas Mawson's garden design team and includes mature Maples, Magnolia, Bamboo and rock pools which fill up when it rains. Limited parking is available in Eskdale Green or for a great day out why not park in Ravenglass and take the narrow gauge steam Ravengalss and Eskdale Railway to Irton Road station from where Giggle Alley is only a short 15 minute walk away.

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What's Here?

  • Dogs on lead
  • Walking
  • Arboreta
  • The Japanese Garden is a fabulous hidden gem at its best in Spring and Autumn.
  • Information
  • St Begas church in the village has a great free exhibition open all year round with information about the history of the woodland.
  • Parking
  • Parking is available for free within the village
  • Shop
  • Eskdale Green has a great village shop.
  • Toliets
  • Free public toilets are open Easter to End of October half term. They are at the entrance to the woodland.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: NY142002

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Gareth Browning
Beat Forester
017687 76816

Opening & Parking

Parking is available for free within the village
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