Beacon Fell and the Brock Valley

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Beacon Fell is an attractive Country Park with extensive views and good facilities. This walk drops to the River Brock and follows its wooded banks for over 3km on a well-maintained path for the most part. The woods are flower-filled and many visitors come in May just to see the swathes of bluebells; there are many other flowers though and you can find badger tracks and watch for the birdlife. Some lanes and fields lead back to a final climb through pines to the summit of the wooded fell and a drop to the Visitor Centre.

England - North England - Lancashire - Forest of Bowland


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Hills or Fells, Nature Trail, River, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
04/09/2013 - Jim Grindle

Thank you once again, Mark, for your comments, which have enabled me to make a few changes to update the walk. Jim Grindle.

01/09/2013 - mark archer

Terrific walk on a grey but clear day. Very explicit instructions Jim! The newly gravelled path at WP2 is now more grassy than gravelly and definitely not new. As stated by other reviewers, the gate after the ladder stile after WP3 is now simply a stile. The walk along the River Brock was superb and has been well maintained by whoever does this sort of thing here. At WP12, the derelict house has now been sensitively restored and occupied. I missed the bridleway sign after WP14 and carried on too far up Snape Rake Lane, however I realised my error and instead turned left into the scout centre and dropped down to the river where I rejoined the route. Thereafter, everything went well, which was a relief because I have a tendency to get lost after about five miles for some strange reason. Beacon Fell was very pleasant. I was surprised how small it was in area in comparison to Longridge Fell. Parking too at the Bowland vistor Centre was only £1 which was very reasonable. The River Brock requires further investigation!

20/03/2009 - Sean Diver

Excellent walk, the part which follows Brock Bottom makes it a memorable walk, unfortunately I took a wrong direction in step 2/3 but managed to get back on track, there is a fair bit of road walking to start, also, step 19...take the woodland option unless you bring your wellies as the field is very muddy! Great views of the surrounding Bowland Fells as well, would definitely recommend this walk!

03/07/2007 - Penny Pitty

Found this good to follow as always, but at location 3, the gate mentioned is now a stile. Looks as if they have just nailed up the gate and put a stile over it. We managed a dryish morning on Sunday but the stretch along the road (21) saw heavy rain, thunder and lightning (very close). My dog kept trying to hide in the long grass but coped with being jollied along until it ended.

11/01/2006 - Walkingworld Administrator

This walk was updated January 2006.

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