Gill, Ghyll


River, Valley

Area of origin

NE England

Area of use

N Enlgand

Related terms

Dene, Dean, Clough, Cleuch, Cleugh

  1. A small narrow valley, rocky cleft or ravine
  2. A narrow stream


Old Norse gil ‘deep glen’. The fanciful and faux-antique spelling ‘ghyll’ was first introduced by Wordsworth in his poem “Evening Walk” (1793)

Example locations

  • Dungeon Ghyll
    Great Langdale, Lake District

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Entry contributors:

K. Elms