Sunday 15 March 2015

A Circuit of Stocks Reservoir in Bowland

A great walk today, P very chuffed and rightfully so. 8 miles the furthest she's walked since her knee replacement. This is a good circuit, much quieter than similar routes in the lakes. Parking's cheaper as well!! We choose to walk widdershins....

This is the curiously named "Lock Bridge", the old track climbs from here to reach..

The derelict farmstead of Newhouse Farm, other than a few walls and gatestoops this building is all that remains.

A well defined track descends to the River Hodder and the relatively new footbridge.

Once across the river the path climbs to another ruined farm this one is Collyhome Farm. The view is back to Newhouse Farm.

A bit more climbing brings you to what would have been a very wet section, Fortunately its received some flagging...I thought I was on the Pennine Way for a moment!

Beyond the flag's you follow the remains of a light railway, built during construction of the dam in the 1920's.

The old rail bed leads to the fishing lodge. Although it was the first day of the trout season I believe, it was very choppy for the anglers braving the conditions.

This was built as offices for the Fylde Water Board, it is now flats...and very nice to.

The draw tower from the dam, looking back across the reservoir.

Open fields and then a little bit of newly felled woodland led us back to the car, a final look back across Stocks Reservoir.
A highly recommended amble.

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