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Bowland & Pendle Walks

Nicky Nook

Date: 24th Feb 2013
Distance: 6.0 miles
Ascent: 883 feet
Time: 3 hours
With: Tim and Jack
Start Grid Ref: SD504503

Walk Summary:
An excellent little walk up on to the miniature little fell of Nicky Nook on the western fringe of Bowland.

Route Summary: Scorton Picnic Site - Wyresdale Lake - The Tarn - Nicky Nook - Grizedale Reservoir - Pedder's Wood - Tithe Barn Lane - Scorton - Scorton Picnic Site

Photos: Click on the photos below to enlarge.

The M6 which we crossed at the very start of the walk
Cloud reflected in the still waters of Wyresdale Lake
Wyresdale Lake
The surface of The Tarn was largely frozen
With Tim and Jack on the top of Nicky Nook
The distant snow-covered Ward's Stone
Tim and Jack above Grizedale Reservoir
Grizedale Reservoir
The tree-lined path through Grizedale
Scorton Church
Park Brook
Snowdrops by the River Wyre


Walk Detail: When Tim from suggested a few weeks ago that we meet up for a walk if ever I was over in his neck of the woods it seemed like an excellent idea. So it was that we arranged this short walk on Nicky Nook, a small fell on the western fringes of Bowland. Joining us on this walk was Tim's eldest son, Jack.

The forecast had suggested that the best chances of any brightness would be in the west but as we set off from the car park at the Scorton picnic site on Cleveley Bank Lane there was actually some light flakes of snow coming down. Thankfully that didn't last long and after crossing over the M6 we were soon in our stride with an early highlight of the walk being the still waters of Wyresdale Lake and the first glimmerings of sunshine peaking through the cloud.

From Wyresdale Lake it was a short pull up on to Nicky Nook via the reedy tarn known simply as 'The Tarn'. Nicky Nook is one of those hills which has a big view for comparatively little effort. Although it was a generally cloudy day we could see as far as the Lake District mountains. Perhaps my favourite part of the view was the glimpse of a snow-topped Ward's Stone which, from this angle, looked much higher than it actually is.

After enjoying some of my wife's home-baked flapjack whilst waiting for the sun to make another appearance we set off on a short but enjoyable descent to Grizedale Reservoir. The path along the short wooded valley of Grizedale was quite lovely and was over all too soon. A short section of road walking then took us through the village of Scorton, over Park Brook and then back to the start.

This was a simple and hugely enjoyable walk and it is easy to see why Nicky Nook is quite popular, at least by Bowland standards. Tim and Jack were great company and I look forward to meeting up with them again for more walks in the Bowland hills again in the future.

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