The May Ramble – Nicky Nook
If a Prestonian had undertaken just one hike in their lifetime, it would probably be to Nicky Nook, such is the popularity of this fell. Not only is the walk popular, but it is also exceptionally scenic. Not even the carving of the M6 through the middle of it has diminished its attraction.
Starting from the car park in Garstang, six of us, two Spaniels plus three walkers from the Bolton section set off in pleasant conditions along the riverside path, over the Wyre footbridge onto a short stretch of quiet lanes then across fields, the motorway, railway and on to another lane. Shortly, we joined the beautiful track through Grizedale, climbing steadily up to the reservoir. From here, we took the steep ascent up to the summit of Nicky Nook and were met by a ferocious westerly gale that nearly had us off our feet. Here we found a convenient big hollow that provided a suitable, sheltered lunch stop.
On our way again, we first grabbed a passing lone hiker to take photographs and then started the steep decent down the fell. Then it was down Snowhill Lane towards Scorton, but instead of entering the village we took a path to the left that took us into a very pretty narrow steep sided valley with a brook at the bottom. Then it was back to familiar territory through fields and dense woodland, stopping to take photos of the group amidst a carpet of bluebells. From here, we recrossed the M6 and returned to Garstang just as the heavens opened.
Many thanks to Jim & Janet for a splendid local walk and for providing some new variations on an original theme.
Linda & Eddie Grange