Nicky Nook 'Grand Tour'

This was the second outing during my post-surgery rehab in which I tried to combine a relatively flat walk with some gentle uphill work (the other being a round of Grasmere and Rydal Water - see 'Some Recent Short Walks' gallery).  It turned out to be something of a 'grand tour' of the area, since it is perfectly possible to reach the main attractions by a much shorter route.  But the compensation was to have a longer day out in very fine Lancashire scenery, Holme Wood and Grize Dale being especially attractive. 

The walk started from Forton Picnic Area (just a few miles south of Lancaster), went east to Fell End farm and then on to near Grize Dale Bridge for the start of Holme Wood and the western leg of the outing.   After lunch in the shade of the woods, along to Nicky Nook reservoir, and then up from there to Nicky Nook summit.  Thence back down the steep path directly to Nicky Nook reservoir, through Grize Dale and finally north, partly along the River Wyre, to the picnic area again, just as the rain, which had threatened most of the day, finally started to fall (good timing!).

Distance (approx. 1 mile/1.6 km. longer than planned, due to detours because of cows with calves!):  9.2 miles/14.8 km;  highest point (Nicky Nook):   705 ft/215m;  ascent:  1063 ft/324 m.

Reference:  Marsh, T. (2012) Lancashire Walks Pathfinder Guides:  76-78.

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