Sunday, 14th November 2010




Walk: Scorton, Nicky Nook, Grizedale Reservoir, Harris End Fell, Foxhouses Brook, Street and Guys Farm
Start Point: Scorton Picnic Site Grid Reference: SD 502 516
Distance: 9 miles Ascent: 1,050 feet
Time: 5.5 hours    
Weather: Damp at the start with sunshine for the rest of the day, mainly wind free
Comments: Departing from Scorton Picnic Site the seventeen walkers followed a muddy path by Park Brook on their way to Scorton.
Scorton is located on the River Wyre north of Garstang. The name, Scorton, means “farmstead near a ditch or ravine”. In the 19th century there was a cotton mill in the village and the village had a railway station on the West Coast Main Line from 1841 until 1939. There are three churches and one pub (Stouts Bar at the Priory Hotel).
Leaving Scorton by Snow Hill Lane the group paused for two minutes silence to mark Remembrance Day before continuing towards Nicky Nook. Part way up Nicky Nook the group rested for a while to take in coffee and the now sunlit views of the Fylde. On reaching the highest point of Nicky Nook at 700 feet above sea level, the leader then took the group down to Grizedale Reservoir and along a concessionary path through Holme Wood, where walls and trees were covered in moss, to emerge in the vicinity of Harris End Fell. From Holme Wood a path was taken to Fell End Farm before changing direction to partially ascend, and to skirt around the north west of Harris End Fell on the way to Foxhouses Brook. Before reaching the brook however, lunch was taken whilst sitting amongst the Ling (Heather). From this vantage point, Blackpool Tower and “The Big One”, a wind farm off Walney Island, Black Combe, ship yards at Barrow, many Lakeland Fells, Ashton Memorial at Lancaster, Morecambe Bay and Heysham Power Station could be seen. Intoxicated by the views the walkers then headed down Foxhouses Brook to reach Taylor’s Farm where a number of footpath signs with a difference have recently been fixed. They were both informative and decorative as were the entrance gates. Leaving Taylor’s Farm the leader took the group through Pasture Clough and Street to the River Wyre at Street Bridge. Following the river down stream to pass through Sunnyside (caravan park) and Guys Farm (Girl Guide Camp) the group trampled through the last (regularly) muddy field to arrive back at Scorton Picnic Site a little tired and muddy but exhilarated. Thank you leader and back up team.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

A wet start to the day


We were too early for the 2 minute silence at Scorton . . .


so we stopped by the roadside at 11am


The tarn on Nicky Nook


Coffee brak on ascent of Nicky Nook


Harrisend Fell - where we were aiming for


Harrisend Fell and Nicky Nook


Leaving Holme Wood


Not a horse in sight, slow or quick


With such signs we could not go wrong

Return to 2010 Diary                                                                   Return to top