Nicky Nook from Grizedale Bridge (approx. 4Ύ miles)


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Map: OL6 The English Lakes - South Western Area
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Start: NZ 422 508 – nickynook Hall Car Park - (honesty box) – a very small car park
Route: This walk follows a variety of farm tracks, clear footpaths, open access land and campsite access roads.
Links to Route Files: Ordnance Survey OS Maps online (may only available to OSMaps subscribers).
Motor Rally road closures: The day following our walk some of the roads that we walked on were closed as part of Legend Fires North West Stages Rally. This is likely to become an annual event – for more information go to www.northweststages.co.uk/.
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Refreshments: Applestore Cafe.


car park at Grizedale Bridge There isn’t a lot of room at the small car park at Grizedale Bridge! From the car park follow the narrow path down ...
path leading from car park at Grizedale Bridge … to a metal gate. Continue on the path through two wooden gates (at either side of a sheep pen?). After the 2nd gate bear left, taking the path leading to ...
path leading over footbridge and to Holme Wood … a wooden footbridge over Grizedale Brook. Cross the bridge and ...
boardwalk leading to Holme Wood … continue on the boardwalk. Go through a wooden kissing gate to enter Holme Wood.
path through Holme Wood There’s boardwalk to follow for much of the way through the wood – either the trees made our GPS track inaccurate – or the concessionary path marked on the OS map isn’t that accurate. It’s probably a bit of both – as the path runs to the south of Grizedale Brook until ...
footbridge over Grizedale Brook in Holme Wood … it crosses the brook. After crossing the bridge (with the remains of ford alongside) pass through a wooden kissing gate …
path leading out of Holme Wood … a wider track leads alongside the brook as it flows into the reservoir. Stay on the track as passes through another gate and follows the reservoir bank until ...
start of path leading up Nicky Nook … you reach a finger post. Take the path up the steps to the right, signposted for Nicky Nook and Scorton (it was just about readable). A sign indicates that you are now on access land. The steep path ...
path leading up Nicky Nook … (in places there are steps) leads ...
near top of Nicky Nook … to the trig point at the summit (just less than half a mile from entering the access land with a climb of about 900 feet.
trig point at top of Nicky Nook Nicky Nook, coming in at less than 1000 feet, may not be the tallest hill in the Bowland AONB, but it does command impressive views if it’s clear. It was hazy on the day of our walk, so we could barely make out the outline of the Lakeland Fells.
path down from Nicky Nook From the trig point walk west and then north west, following the clear path downhill.
path down from Nicky Nook As with the climb up, there are steps in places. After just over half a mile go through a metal kissing gate ...
junction of Higher Lane and Snowhill Lane … to emerge at a T junction of roads. Take the road ahead. After just under Ό mile turn right ...
track alongside Applestore Cafe car park … to walk along the track pictured – the car park is for customers of the Applestore Cafe (where we stopped for refreshment).
track alongside Wyresdale Lake Continue along the track beyond the cafe for about 1/3 mile ...
junction of track and farm road … when you meet a narrow road. Turn right and walk along the road for about 130 metres.
Potters Hill Farm gateway Bear left to go along the track towards Potter’s Hill Farm (if the main gates are closed, there is a pedestrian gate to the right).
Potters Hill Farm Although the OS map shows the footpath going through the farmyard – we followed the alternative signs which directed us over the stile pictured and around to the west and north of the farm buildings.
The signs directed through the gate pictured ... The signs directed through the gate pictured ...
leaving Potters Hill Farm … and then the gate shown here.
Nicky Nook There’s a good view of Nicky Nook on the right.
following waymarkers on tree There were waymarkers on the trees ...
gate to join road … and an occasional larger sign to follow before emerging turning left on a narrow road.
walking east on Higher Lane At the end of the road pictured turn right on to Brewers Lane. After a further 300 metres ...
farm track leaving Brewers Lane … take the left fork towards Fell End Farm.
Fell End Farm Again there are signs detouring around the farm buildings – we went through the gate pictured on the right of the track ...
Fell End Farm … following the waymarkers.
path between Fell End Farm and Grizedale Bridge After passing the farm buildings and a wooden gate, look out for the wooden gate pictured to the left of the path. Go through this gate, followed by a couple more gates ...
path between Fell End Farm and Grizedale Bridge … before you can see the car park in the distance. Turn left at the junction of paths to re-trace the short route back to the starting point.

All text and images © Graham Dean, March 2022.


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