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Esk Ghyll; Voluntary Code of Conduct

IOL North West have been part of a active group led by The National Trust who have been concerned about the environmental impact of ghyll scrambling in the Esk. A users group, with representation from the Institute For Outdoor Learning, Outdoor Providers, Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres, Lake District National Park and the Farming community have now developed a voluntary code of conduct for the use of Esk Ghyll.

  • If you are a user of Esk Ghyll, please follow the attached Voluntary Code of Conduct to reduce the environmental impact along the banks of the ghyll, impact upon the farming community and the valley.
  • The Esk Ghyll; Voluntary Code of Conduct can also be downloaded from the IOL NW Access page
  • If you have any questions regarding the content of the guide, please get in touch with Clive Stretton at the National Trust or 019467 23466.

IOL North West will continue to work with and support the National Trust to encourage open-access and environmentally responsible use of outdoor learning venues. We hope to create similar guides for other venues in the region. Please get in touch with the NW Committee if you have any concerns you wish us to take forward on your behalf.

Download the leaflet.

Esk Ghyll CofC 

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New website set up by the land owners. All info is now on this new website.

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Access & conservation

Some good liaison and communication has been had with a number of bodies and organisations around the region in particularly United Utilities who own a substantial amount of land accessed by outdoor users. United Utilities are currently reviewing their policy on usage of their land and NRIOL were able to respond to their proposals  ensuring they understood the values and concerns held by the outdoor sector.

Esk Ghyll Users Session - 30/9/16
Members of the IOL NW committee have worked closely with the National Trust to develop the Code of Conduct and are pleased to support it.

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