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Stocks Reservoir Circuit

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Stocks Reservoir Circuit
Author: Lancashire Walks, Published: 21 Nov 2018 Walk Rating:star0 Stocks Reservoir Circuit Lancashire Walkstar0 Stocks Reservoir Circuit Lancashire Walkstar0 Stocks Reservoir Circuit Lancashire Walkstar0 Stocks Reservoir Circuit Lancashire Walkstar0 Stocks Reservoir Circuit Lancashire Walk
Lancashire, Forest of Bowland
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Stocks Reservoir Circuit
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot Stocks Reservoir Circuit Lancashire Walk boot Stocks Reservoir Circuit Lancashire Walk
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A 7 mile circular walk around Stocks Reservoir within the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire. The walk begins in Gisburn Forest which is unusual within the wider area of the Forest of Bowland in that it is a forest – that is it has trees! Lots of them. Those walkers familiar with the Forest of Bowland will know that much of it is characterised by a lack of trees – the term forest referring to the area’s past as a royal hunting park. The location at the start of the walk lies close to Lancashire’s lost village of Stocks. Indeed, the ruins of the old church can be seen to the rear of the car park. As will be seen on the trail this is one of the best places in Lancashire for bird watching, with wildfowl and waders out on the water and then an impressive range of species attracted to woodland habitats. The walk is a superb circuit in one of the most attractive parts of the county – if not country.

This circular route is waymarked with white arrows on a light blue background. The walk is generally easy with two pronounced gradients. It follows a mixture of grass and stone tracks and paths through woodland and across fields. You will need to negotiate gates, kissing gates, steps, footbridges and a couple of stiles. You may come across grazing sheep and cattle. Refreshments are available at the cafe in the Fishing Lodge from March to October. Allow 3.5 hours.

Stocks Reservoir is located about 10 miles north of Clitheroe. The walk starts and finishes at the Stocks Reservoir Car Park on School Lane. The parking fee is £3 per day (correct Summer 2018). Approximate post code BB7 4TS.

Walk Sections

Start to New House
Start to New House

Start point: 54.0037 lat, -2.4104 long
End point: 54.0173 lat, -2.4287 long

For this route we will be following a circuit of the reservoir that is waymarked by white arrows on a blue background. Facing the reservoir take the track leading from the right-hand corner of the car park. Follow this surfaced path. The first feature worth visiting is a birdwatcher's hide on the left of the path. Here you'll quickly come to appreciate the importance of Stocks Reservoir as a nature site.

From the hide, continue along a broad track which becomes grassy, passing through a gate and continuing on to reach a stone bridge over Hasgill Beck. Cross the bridge and continue ahead for about 800 yards, as the trail climbs steadily towards the ruined farmhouse of New House.

New House to Old Railway Track
New House to Old Railway Track

Start point: 54.0173 lat, -2.4287 long
End point: 54.0106 lat, -2.4374 long

Before reaching the ruined farmhouse building, turn left on a broad track. The trail breaks out into open pasture and sweeps down to the River Hodder. After crossing the footbridge, the path continues over pasture to a kissing gate. Go through it and turn right. For the next section of the walk you will be out of sight of the reservoir, as you climb up alongside Copped Hill Clough to reach a T-junction with a broad track.

Turn left onto the broad track and bear right at the next junction to follow the level track leading around Esk Hill. This track was once one of the many 3-foot gauge railway lines that served to facilitate the construction of the reservoir between 1922 and 1932 for the Fylde Water Board.

Old Railway Track to Fishing Lodge
Old Railway Track to Fishing Lodge

Start point: 54.0106 lat, -2.4374 long
End point: 53.9931 lat, -2.4321 long

This track provides excellent walking for the next two miles. The route gradually returns to the shore to provide views across the reservoir – the perfect spot to reflect on its history… In the 1920s, as Blackpool was becoming more and more popular and attracting millions of visitors, it was facing a problem with water supply. To meet this situation the Fylde Waterboard constructed a dam and flooded the head of the Hodder Valley to create this reservoir. The project required an army of over 500 men at its height. Although outside the area of flooding, the church, vicarage, school and a number of farms were demolished to protect water quality. Now this whole area – forest and reservoir – is an outdoor playground cared for by United Utilities and the Forestry Commission. Apart from the place’s obvious attraction to walkers, there is a fishery on the reservoir while the Forest of Gisburn is a magnet to mountain bikers.

You will pass a jetty on your left where the motor boats for fishing are moored. Beyond this, the track reaches the fishing lodge (which is home to a cafe in the summer months) and a complex of utility buildings.

Fishing Lodge to Dam
Fishing Lodge to Dam

Start point: 53.9931 lat, -2.4321 long
End point: 53.9876 lat, -2.4325 long

From the lodge, the trail bears left to take a service road which passes through a Life for Life memorial forest. This scheme involves the planting of a memorial trees, installing memorial benches and memorial plaques to commemorate loved ones. Over time, the trees will develop into a beautiful organised forest that everyone can enjoy. The planting at this site started in 2004 with profits raised going to help healthcare organisations.

You will pass the drive of the imposing Stocks Board House, the Bowland Estate Offices that are used by United Utilities for meetings. Here the way leaves the service road and leads onto the reservoir dam. This holds back 12 billion litres of water. At the far end there is a memorial plaque commemorating the opening of the Reservoir in 1932 by Prince George (later King George VI).

Dam to Hole House Lane
Dam to Hole House Lane

Start point: 53.9876 lat, -2.4325 long
End point: 53.9963 lat, -2.4042 long

Cross the dam with the reservoir to your left. Part way along, turn right down the steps and take the service track to the end (crossing the overflow that returns water to the River Hodder). Turn left on a path with the reservoir on your left, crossing meadows. As you gain a little height you will have fine views across the water towards the Bowland Fells. After passing by a conifer plantation the trail leads down to the road, Hole Head Lane. (You could take a short diversion here, turning right along the road to visit the Chapel at Dalehead should you wish).

Hole House Lane to End
Hole House Lane to End

Start point: 53.9963 lat, -2.4042 long
End point: 54.0041 lat, -2.4106 long

For the main route, turn left to join a concessionary track that runs parallel to the road (with the road running on your right). As you emerge back onto the road, bear left to cross a causeway. After the causeway, fork left to rejoin a path running parallel to the road. This will lead you directly back to the car park where the walk began.

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