SEP 2022 – 6 MILES – BEACON FELL COUNTRY PARK (PRESTON, LANCASHIRE)

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A little  walk in Lancashire with one of my good friends from school today.  We wanted to meet up whilst the weather was still good and have a catch up before the weather turns.  Decided to meet up halfway so here it is.


Total Distance: 6 Miles
Steps: ~19,000 Steps
Highest Point: 869 Feet
Total Realistic Time: ~3.5 Hours

Beacon Fell is a fell in the civil parish of Goosnargh in Lancashire, England. The high ground, which rises to 266 m (873 ft), has been a country park since 1970. It is situated within the south westerly part of the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beacon_Fell,_Lancashire

There are many parking spaces around the area in Beacon Fell, all are pay and display with public toilets available nearby.  At the time it was £1 all day parking.  Paid for by card or phone.  They use RingO parking app so download before going if you want to use the app as the signal is very hit and miss there.

This was the planned route:

The first half of the walk are mainly through farmers fields, and there were so many of them.  It is actually a public footpath that takes you through them but the path is not so clear when we were there, mostly overgrown.

I did not enjoy the first half as it was overgrown and no clear path, sometimes we had to back track to find the sty to the next field.  There was a particular part that I found a little hair raising, I do not think Barney liked it either as we were suddenly surrounded by big cows.  It was a bit scary as there were so many, however once Barney calmed down the cows just stopped following, they were just watching us leave the field.  Phew that was not enjoyable.

After going through more fields we got to the nice part of the walk.  Walking along a stream on a nicely stoned path.  We stopped off for some lunch at the side of the stream on a bench.  Still nice and green in the wooded area

The stone path lead us along the stream that takes you to the Beacon Fell Country Park summit point.  That is the highest point of the route.

Path takes you back towards the parking area and cafe (cafe was closed today 😔).

Near the parking area there is a small play park area, they have carved animals and also a stone snake 🐍 that looked pretty impressive.

As the Beacon Fell park cafe was closed we decided to drive to the nearest cafe for a brew before we headed our separate ways back home.  We ended up at Chipping Farm Shop where we got a coffee and hot chocolate to finish the day at 2:30pm.  

Conclusion:

Not one of my favourite walks to be honest, first half was through farmers fields with no noticeable path and getting surrounded by cows.  It was an experience and we got to laugh about it at the end.

The second half of the walk along the stream back to Beacon Fell was lovely, clear paths and signs.  When you get nearer to Beacon Fell Country Park there are masses of high trees together, looks beautiful against the back drop of the moody cloudy sky.

If you are not into walking on farmers fields like myself you can take the country roads instead or shorten it to just around the country park area.  Still a good day out.


GENERAL EQUIPMENT

  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro (for taking photos/videos and mapping using OS Maps)
  • Comfy walking shoes (most important)
  • Flask with Hot/Cold drink (a good cuppa is always welcome)
  • ibuprofen (helping hand if you have any aches and pains)
  • Food and snacks (fuel to keep you going)

 

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