Sunday, 6th December 2015

Walk: Higher Brock Bridge, Snape Rake Lane, Waddecar Activity Centre, Weavers Farm, Bleasdale School, Higher Brock Mill, Wickens Barn, Heatherway
Start Point: Bowland Visitors Centre, Beacon Fell Country Park Grid Reference: SD 564 427
Distance: 7.5 miles Ascent: 900 feet
Time: 5 hours
Weather: A  dry start considering the weekend downpours and the flooding in Cumbria and Lancashire.

11walkers set out from the Bowland Visitors Centre, downhill to White Lee Lane, and along to Higher Brock Bridge. The River Brock was in flood following the week's weather and as we were following the line up river caution at all times was the buzz word. We stopped for coffee and biscuits below Holling Shears Farm. Onward along the river bank some places using the wooden walk boards provided. We climbed up from the river on Snape Rake Lane and eventually reached the Waddecar Activity Centre where we stopped for lunch. Our walk then followed the river to eventually leave it at Gill Barn Wood and made our way to Weavers Farm. Across farmland  we made our way to Bleasdale School and some welcome road walking along to Higher Brock Mill. Crossing farmland again we made our route to Wickens Barn and up to Heatherway, a climb up to the edge of the forrest  took us back to our start at the Bowland Visitors Centre. The day stayed dry throughout.

The footware gives an indication of what is to come

The view from Beacon Fell

Showing the extent of the floods below

Starting out

Compared to earlier in the year

Steady downhill

Through the woods

Higher Brock Bridge

The River Brock . . .

is extremely swollen today . . .

with water pouring in

from all sides

Following the river

Coffee stop

A rest with biscuits

Coffee standing

Downwards at Waddecar

Lunch undercover

Homeward bound

Clear on Parlick

with a closer look

Last lap

Into the woods

on our return to Beacon Fell

Down the steps

Leaving the forest to finish the walk

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