Barnacre Resrvoirs returning over Nicky Nook

climbing Nicky Nook
summit of Nicky Nook

Walk Overview:

On this walk, we visit pastures and woodlands above Barnacre and Grizedale reservoirs before climbing the west flank of Nicky Nook to its summit.

It’s a most wonderful and accessible landscape to be enjoyed any time of the year. We can survey the Victorian/ Edwardian engineering from every angle yet, we can engage intimately with a landscape extending from the high Bowland Fells to the sweeping plains of the Fylde.

In 1861. the Fylde Water Company formed and constructed four reservoirs. Initially Grizedale reservoir was constructed by building an earth embankment 22m high and 120m across the Grizedale Brook, it created a reservoir of 323 million litres and was completed in 1866. Constructing a further three reservoirs took place up to 1920 with a total capacity of 2.25 billion litres.

Our walk circumnavigates this ‘civil engineering achievement’ as we explore neighbouring farmsteads, who have worked the land long before the engineers first moved in.

Eventually, we enjoy the heights of Nicky Nook, one of the best viewpoints in this part of Lancashire where we can survey much of the County.

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Walk Details:
Start: Grizedale Bridge, SD53570 49098
Distance 10km (6 miles)
Ascent: 250m
Grade: Moderate
NB: grading is based upon normal conditions & can be subjective
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keep dogs under close control
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