Stocks Reservoir
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Stocks Reservoir

A circular Walk from Slaidburn around the Stocks Reservoir

Distance - 16.7 kilometres 369 metres ascent

Terrain - level for the most part but the paths when we went round at the beginning of March were very muddy indeed !

Map OS Outdoor Leisure 41 Trough of Bowland

Refreshments - There is the Riverbank Tea Room near the car park in Slaidburn, also one in the Heritage Centre and the Hark to Bounty serves bar meals

Car Parking - there is a public car park in Slaidburn and also one by the reservoir

1 - from the car park, go back into the village, turning right by the war memorial, cross the bridge over Croasdale Beck and right into the field immediately after the bridge. Veer left away from the beck until you join a track that takes you to cross the river Hodder at Holmhead Bridge stay on that track past Hammerton Hall. Having passed the hall, take the path through the leftmost of the two gates, heading up the hill towards the trees. In March, this was very muddy - 2 steps forward and slip back one ! As you get to the trees, follow the path to Black House. In the (muddy !) field above Black House, stay to the left of the field and go round the front (West) of the house, on to a nice dry track

2 - The track joins a minor road by the church of St. Johns in Bowland. Go left on the road, through some woods and over a short causeway, and where the road takes a sharp right, carry on into the car park. The path carries on at the far corner of the car park past a picnic area. Ignore the left fork which is signed to a bird hide and follow the waymarks for the 'Stocks Reservoir Circular Walk' uphill through recently planted or felled forest. You then head slightly downhill past some ruined buildings, take the footbridge over Hasgill Beck and then straight but gently up hill to New Houses

 3 -just before the buildings of New Houses the path goes left through some trees then zig zags down to the River Hodder, which you cross by a new footbridge .Walk downstream to meet a stone wall, and go thorough a gap in the wall, from where you should once again be able to see some waymarks which you follow up the side of Copped Hill Clough. At the top of the clough take the path on the left which takes a very gentle incline down towards the reservoir. This is the old railway that serviced the building of the dam. In some places, the patterns of the sleepers are still visible and in others, there are still remnants of rail to be seen. Follow the waymarks, (which deviate from the public footpath shown on the map), reaching the side of the reservoir by Hollins House, then follow the paved road past the water bailiffs building, past the old Water Board building at the end of the dam to the minor road

4 - Head north up the public road for about 100 yards and take the path on the left. This takes you down to Croasdale Beck, where just before crossing the beck you follow the path to the left and it takes you more or less all the way back into Slaidburn, joining the public road just before the bridge over Croasdale Beck, then to the tea rooms for tea and bacon butties !


© Mike Leech 2011