Wyresdale - Scorton Picnic Site

 

 

It would be difficult to find a more varied and attractive route for appreciating this season of the year. It has a riverside walk, woodland walks, gentle pastures and elevated views. 

Start/finish: Scorton Picnic Site PR3 1BU
 

Distance: 6 ½ miles 10k

Time: 3 - 4 hours
 

Grade: Moderate

Map: OS OL41 The Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale
 

Directions:1. Leaving the car park turn right and just before Cleveley Bridge turn left onto the Wyre Way into very pleasant woodlands.

 

With the river on your right keep ahead for 300yds and then turn left at a footpath sign, cross a stile

 

to enter marshy meadows. At first with a fence on your left and then on your right follow an obvious path that leads pass a shed and then across a footbridge.

 

A signpost confirms you are walking in the direction of Scorton. The path continues along the edge of a field and then turns left over another footbridge to reach a lane. Turn left soon after crossing the M6 motorway.

 

Continue along the lane for ¼ mile and after it bends to the left look for a stile in the hedge.

 

Enter a field and cross to a footbridge turning left to edge along woodland.

 

After a small metal gate the path leads onto a second footbridge. Across this the scene opens out. Cross a stile in a fence and continue to another.

 

Maintain the same direction (north-eastwards) to arrive at a forbidding metal gate indicating the stile is to the left in the field corner. Cross this onto a farm drive turn right and take a footpath on your left that crosses a large field to a farm complex.

 

When you reach a farm drive turn right pass through a yard to locate a footpath to the right of the farmhouse.

 

This takes you through elevated fields with views of the countryside around. After a gateway cross the next field to where it dips to a corner (very boggy in April) next to a wooden gate.

 

Through the gate follow the fence on your left to Sykes farm.

 

Keep left on the buildings to reach its road.

2. Turn left. After 300 yds turn right onto a tree lined track and follow this to its end. Cross a stile on the left

 

and bear diagonally left across a large field to cross Lordshouse Brook

 

to the right of a plantation and then continuing to a stile leading onto Long Lane. Follow the farm drive opposite leading to Salisbury Farm. A path to the right of the main house

 

leads down to a footbridge. Over this turn left up a rise cross a stile and turn right. Aim to the left of woodland to locate a stile in the field corner.

 

The way now descends steps crosses the drive of a large residential caravan park to the right and climbs steps on the far side.

 

Turn right along a fence. At the next corner keep right to enter woodland. The path leads round to a drive on the far side of the caravan park.

 

Turn right and then just before an exit from the park turn left on a woodland path besides a brook.

 

Keep on this as it leads you into open fields and continue to reach Wyreside Lakes Fishery Estate - a large leisure complex devoted mainly to…fishing.

 

3. On reaching a lane turn left and soon after cross Street Bridge

 

to rejoin the Wyre Way.

 

For the remaining 1 ¾ miles of the walk you will be following this LDP. Turn left onto it and then join the estate drive close to

 

Fox's Lake to the right. Keep on the drive as it crosses the car parking area

 

to enter a touring caravan park. When this is stuffed with caravans

 

it may be hard to locate the exit a wooden gate on the right side.

 

Through this turn left in a long field. At the end a wooden gate

 

gives entrance to Guy's Farm a Girl Guide Centre. After passing under a climbing tower turn right to exit the site. Soon after turn left on a path on the corner of the next drive that leads to the motorway footbridge.

 

Over the M6 turn left to follow the fence south downhill. As you enter a large level field bear right to its far corner.

 

Here a wooden stile will soon reunite you with the River Wyre. Follow it through woodlands back to your starting point.