A Wander along the Wyre (approx. 4 miles)


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Map: Explorer OL 41 - Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale

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Start: SD 504 504 – Scorton Picnic Site (Lancashire County Council - free)
Route: A short walk which is mainly through woodland and along riverside paths. Parts of the route can be very muddy, especially following heavy rain.
Links to Route Files: Ordnance Survey OS Maps online (may only available to OSMaps subscribers) or .gpx (exported from OS Maps app on Android device - can be imported into many devices).

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route profile


Scorton  Car Park Leave the car park and turn right to walk along the narrow road to …
River Wyre … cross the River Wyre.
Wyre Way signs IImmediately after crossing the river, turn right to follow the waymarked footpath. At the time we did the walk there was a sign showing a “temporary” footpath diversion due to the permanent removal of a footbridge over the M6. Our (electronic) OS map still showed the bridge in place more than 12 months following its removal.

The path leads ...
Wyre Way … through attractive woodland alongside the Wyre, though not without obstacles on the day of our walk!
Wyre Way This is probably the point where the new, diverted footpath leads to the right, with the original path leading to the dismantled bridge gradually becoming overgrown.
Wyre Way This footbridge takes you out of the woodland. Follow the clear, newly fenced path ...
Wyre Way passing beneath M6 … which leads under the motorway.
Wyre Way Once under the bridge, the path turns to the left and leads alongside the field boundary (many of the fence posts are topped with yellow markers, indicating the route.
Wyre Way At the top of the field, turn right, along the boundary and then left through the gateway pictured. Once through the gateway head towards a distant pole topped with a yellow marker, then bear right ...
Wyre Way … heading towards this derelict structure and the conifer pkantation. Walk alongside the plantation. At the corner of the field proceed through a wooden kissing gate and turn right ...
Wyre Way at Guy’s Farm Activity Centre … along a tarmac track. This leads past the main building of Guy’s Farm Activity Centre. At the end of the stone wall in the picture ...
Wyre Way at Guy’s Farm Activity Centre … bear left, following the white footprint sign (that’s just in front of Lin in the photo).
Wyre Way at Guy’s Farm Activity Centre Walk alongside the grey painted building and through the doorway. Cross a short stretch of grass that leads to a wooden gate. Go through the gate and continue straight ahead ...
Wyre Way … through an open field. At the far end of the field, cross a footbridge and then a wooden gate to enter ...
Wyre Way passing through Wyreside Lakes Camp Site … a caravan site. Turn left and follow the roadway towards the site reception building. Before reaching the building ...
Wyre Way passing through Wyreside Lakes Camp Site … follow the waymarker to the right. This leads to large grey gates giving entrance to the fishery. Go through the gate with the large sign reading WYREWAY FOOTPATH TO DOLPHINHOLME. Once through the gate continue to follow footpath signs ...
Wyre Way passing through Wyreside Lakes Fishery … leading along the track pictured. The distant sign ...
Wyre Way passing through Wyreside Lakes Fishery … indicates the footpath takes a turn to the right. The narrow path runs through woodland with the River Wyre on your right.
Wyre Way passing through Wyreside Lakes Fishery The path ends at the gate picture. Go through the gate and turn right, crossing the river.
path east River Wyre1 A few metres after crossing the river a finger post (mostly hidden in the bushes) shows that the route leads to the right. There is supposed to be a footbridge across a stream – however when we did the walk this was broken. The vehicle access track was blocked by a locked gate. Fortunately a fishery employee was there and let us through (otherwise we’d have had to climb the gate). The track leads to a car park. Turn to the left ...
path passing trough fishery car park … walking through the car park to the stile and continue along the path ...
path near Street Farm … to climb over another stile. Walk through the field ...
path near Street Farm … with a fence on your left. Climb over a wooden stile to enter ...
footpath through woodland, east of River Wyre … woodland. The path follows close to a stream on your left and for a while runs along a low embankment (as pictured).
footpath through woodland, east of River Wyre We did the walk after quite a dry period, but on this section there were still parts of the path which were very muddy.
Footpath following fishery track The path emerges on a dirt track where a sign indicated that you should turn right along the track. After only 60 metres ...
Footpath leaving fishery track … turn left off the track ...
footpath through woodland, east of River Wyre … to follow another path through woodland.
footpath through woodland, east of River Wyre After about 180 metres the path leads down steps to cross the footbridge pictured. Climb the steps on the opposite bank.
footpath near Foxhouses Cottages The path takes you to a stile and out of the woodland. Walk along the field, close to the field boundary on your right.
footpath near Foxhouses Cottages Leave the field by passing through a wooden kissing gate. A little further ahead, climb the wooden stile pictured and walk alongside a tall breeze block wall to emerge ...
Foxhouse Farm Cottages driveway … on the drive of Foxhouses Farm Cottages. Follow the drive until it meets a minor road. Turn right along the road. After about 320 metres turn right at a road junction. The road leads over the motorway and back to Scorton Picnic Site.


All text and images © Graham Dean, April, 2021.


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