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Hell Gill

Hell Gill – Yorkshire

Hell Gill

Located in the beautiful valley of Mallerstang – Hell Gill is a quiet ghyll and is definitely quieter than other more popular choice ghyll scrambles. 

Because we walk up to this gill we will go from top to bottom like we would in a Canyon. Therefore this makes a nice round trip as once we have finished we will get changed and hike back to the cars. 


Hell Gill is undeniably a truly unique experience. Over thousands of years, the limestone gill has been carved and worn away, thus resulting in some astonishing rock formations. But as we descend this gill, there’s an eerie yet captivating feel. The canyon stretches over 500 meters in length, therefore gives quite a long trip.

Hells Gill Yorkshire

Hidden amidst the picturesque back drop of the Yorkshire lies a gem of natural beauty: Hell Gill. Tucked away in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Hell Gill offers a serene escape for nature lovers  and thrill seekers alike. Despite its ominous name, this stunning locale promises not the fiery depths of the underworld, but rather the tranquility of rolling hills, cascading waterfalls, and lush greenery.

Nestled within the Howgill Fells, Hell Gill presents an inviting setting for outdoor exploration. Its name is derived from the Old Norse word “gill,” meaning a ravine or narrow valley, combined with “hell,” possibly referring to the challenging terrain or the tumultuous flow of its stream.

Hell Gill

Here at Rock n Ridge, we offer a diverse range of outdoor adventures. Operating in the various Canyons, Gills, and Gorges around Cumbria and Yorkshire. Above all you’ll be in safe hands with our experienced team. Hells Gill is a relatively new addition to our offerings. Initially kept off ‘the record’, we now feel confident in providing this unique experience to those seeking something different. Therefore with our low-key approach, we ensure smaller groups and a more intimate experience for our adventurers.


Hell Gill in Yorkshire is perfect for a half-day activity. If you’re looking for a quick adventure in this area, this option fits the bill perfectly. The walk in from the road takes about 30 to 40 minutes. The path is well-maintained with a gradual incline, and the last 5 to 10 minutes involve crossing moorland. We will meet you opposite Wild Boar Fell, making it convenient to combine Hell Gill with a morning or afternoon hike. The views from the top are truly excellent, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to your adventure.

Frequently asked questions:

What equipment is provided, and what do I need to bring?

Rock n Ridge will provide – Helmet, Harness, wetsuit, buoyancy aid, and any technical/climbing equipment needed for the activity. 

YOU will need to bring:

Footwear – Walking boots are better but trainers will work. 


A fleece top or something similar if you have.

Two pairs of longer socks, or better still some thick walking socks.

Pair of shorts if you have. 

A Towel. 

How long will it last? 

A half day’s Ghyll session will last around about 2 – 2.5 hours. That said some groups get through it quicker. But we can always take in some of the exciting bits again. 

What if the weather is too adverse for our trip?

An alternative date will be set to suit the group. Or a full refund will be given.

Do I need experience?

In a nutshell, no. We have had all sorts of people/abilities in the Canyons, Gorges and Ghyll’s of the Lake District. Some fitness and a bit of flexibility especially when you have a wetsuit on will be helpful. 

Do you give discounts?

Yes – For two persons it’s £70 each. A group of four is £55 each. For six to eight persons it’s £45 each. 

Price & Booking:

Prices start from £50 per person for a group of 4 persons.

A £50 deposit is required to book a place. See our Contact and Pricing page for more details.

For larger groups please get in touch for pricing.

We can accommodate 1-1 to large group sizes. You can also check out our booking information here.


Canyoning article: Here

Hell Gill Summit Post : Here

BMC conservation: Here