A circular walk from Slaidburn
to Stocks Reservoir
distance 10.76 miles : time 5 - 6 hours
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walk from Slaidburn around
at the war memorial in the village center. Walk up the Bentham
road to find the FP signpost to Croasdale. Keep to the left of
a line of trees; a stone stile is found in the far right hand corner
of the wood ahead. A further stone stile is found in the stone
wall across the field . The path now follows a straight line, going
over a series of fields and stiles. The path approaches Croasdale
Brook but carries on to Shay House. On reaching the farm track
turn right to the main road. At the road turn left and walk 500
yds up the road.
FP starts on the right at a metal ladder stile. The track ends
at a gate marked Private; just before this gate the path take a
sharp left up the fell side. At the top end of the wood ahead,
go over the stile and bear right. The path now descends towards
the water; waymarkers showing the route. The path now follows the
Stocks Reservoir Circular Route and is well defined all the way
to the main road.
the road to Kenibus and turn right at the tarmac road leading to
Catlow Farm. The road crosses the Hodder at Lock Bridge and the
path continues skirting to the left of Parks Clough. The path leaves
the wood and goes uphill for 100 yds and then swings to the right.
A stile leads to a farm track and Stocks Reservoir appears dead
ahead. The track continues to New House and the gentle descent
continues along a grassy track. After crossing Hasgill Beck the
path bears left at about 45 degrees and leads to a gate into Gisburn
Forest. The red/white waymarkers lead the way to the car park.
the car park the blue/red waymarkers show the path to the right
of the road. The path then joins the road at the Causeway but continues
to the right when the road takes a sharp left hand bend. A farm
track leads to Black House. At the farm turn right and follow the
edge of the wood. At the end of the wood bear slightly right and
follow the stone wall. The path takes a sharp left turn in the
direction of Slaidburn and continues in a straight line to Hammerton
Hall. Just before the farm go through the gate on the left and
follow the track to Holmehead Bridge. About 100 yds after the bridge
the FP diverts to the left of the track and follows the stone wall
on the right. At the end of the wall carry straight on following
the line of the wall. The path meets the road by the side of Croasdale
Brook at a metal gate. Turn left into Slaidburn.
Stocks Reservoir was built between 1923-32 to supply water
to the Blackpool area. The site of the old village Stocks-in-Bowland now lies
beneath its water. The north eastern shore of the reservoir is skirted by
Gisburn Forest, this together with the area around the reservoir forms an
important wild life reserve.
Slaidburn as in former days is regarded as the capital of
the Forest of Bowland. The Hark to Bounty Inn formerly served as the Forest
Court; a panelled room upstairs which served as the court room is still to
At 11 miles the walk is the longest in this series. As described
the walk starts in Slaidburn, but an alternative start is from the parking
area in Gisburn Forest with the Hark to Bounty the objective for lunch.