|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|
|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
Compared to earlier in the year
Through the woods
Higher Brock Bridge
The River Brock . . .
is extremely swollen today . . .
with water pouring in
from all sides
Following the river
A rest with biscuits
Downwards at Waddecar
Clear on Parlick
with a closer look
Into the woods
on our return to Beacon Fell
Down the steps
Leaving the forest to finish the walk