A circular walk around Stocks reservoir  Sun 18th Nov 2012

An 8 mile walk around Stocks Reservoir, would be better with drier conditions underfoot, quite muddy in places

An information board detailing the lost village of Stocks in Bowland.
Click in the photo to be able to read the text.

The route goes North and someway beyond the reservoir before returning onthe other side

This bridge is "officially closed due to storm damage, but it seemed OK to me

The track now leads on to open moorland

The path drops in to the valley to cross the River Hodder

The Hodder valley

A footbridge !!

The route is "waymarked" all the way around with the posts on the right of the photo

The reservoir comes back into view as we are now on the far side

Sunlight on the water

Fishing boats for hire

"The Board House" built by Fylde water Board in the 1930's

Stocks res

The valve tower

The fishing boats passed earlier now on the far bank.

a 1930's style photo

Looking across the Res to the Yorkshire Dales

Looking back along the grassy track

in to the Gisburn Forest

a cold looking reservoir from the causeway bridge
Me, back at the car  trying to decide whether I enjoyed the mud or not

On the way back I passed Sawley Abbey near Clitheroe, so stopped for a look around.

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Sunday 18th  November 2012