River Brock and Beacon Fell
The River Brock starts on Fair Snape Fell in the Bowland Fells and flows down to meet the River Wyre. This river walk starts and finishes on Beacon Fell and follows the River Brock for a goodly way with terrific views eventually over to Parlick and Fair Snape Fell itself.
If Satnav, type in PR3 2NL, however be aware the satnav may take you a circuitous route. The best option is to follow the A6 in the direction of Barton Grange but leave the A6 past a CPS factory building, then immediately left after a Shell Garage. Follow the road and turn right at the T junction. Basically aim for the high mound to your left covered with trees. This is Beacon Fell. Your satnav may try and take you left but go further before following Beacon Fell brown signs to eventually reach the one way system that runs all the way around Beacon Fell. Be aware there are various car parks on this one way road but you want the one with the Visitors Centre. Parking is currently free because the machines are out of order. Toilets are available here too. Allow up to an hour to get here as you may get lost finding the Visitors Centre. It may take you a lot less but there is a counter serving coffee here.
MEETING TIME 10.15am. at Beacon Fell Visitors Centre. Please don’t be late!
DISTANCE 6.5 miles
ASCENT 262ft approx.
TERRAIN The walk starts from the Visitors Centre and drops down on a muddy track to Salisbury House. We then follow a minor road for a mile before dropping down to the River Brock. We follow the river along a well defined path, however there is decking in places that needs negotiating with care because it can be slippery if wet. We follow the river for nearly three miles. There is one small climb to the road before dropping back to the river. We cross a field or two that can be boggy but the views here are superb. The end of the walk finishes with a steady climb – not too long- up to the summit of Beacon Fell. The car park is five minutes away.
This walk is graded as moderate because of conditions underfoot, however much of it is very easy.
WEATHER If the weather is bad, we’ll moan a bit but do bring waterproof trousers, kagoule or over trousers if you have them. Gaiters are recommended!
NO DOGS please. The ground is not dog-friendly in places and the proximity of the river next to the river path may be tricky for our canine friends.
If you wish to participate and can vouch for your fitness to complete this walk, please contact Mark Archer by email on [email protected] or leave a text message on 0780 3373 048 by Friday 11th February no later than 6.30pm.
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