Beacon Fell and The River Brock
Starting from the main car park on Beacon fell (where the info centre and cafe is) cross the road and head through a stile just to the right of the car park, head down hill with the fence on your left and over a ladder stile, keep on downhill to another stile. Over this and downhill through woodland with a steam appearing on your left. This path emerges onto the driveway of a White detached house (Salisbury)
Follow the drive down to the road and turn left on Bleasdale Rd. The next mile or so is along the road, so watch out for traffic. Keep right at a junction to pass Eccles Moss farm with it’s timbered frontage. At tee junction carry straight on along Stanalee Lane for about 3/4 mile, when the road bends sharply left take a signposted track on the right into the trees.
This descends on an uneven track down to the river brock, the path bears right across a small field and reaches a footbridge over The Brock, cross the River and turn right. Follow this lovely track along the River bank to the car park and picnic area at Higher Brock Bridge. Cross bridge and go immediately left, keeping left of buildings and over a stile / gate.
The grass track now crosses a field with river on your left, the path cuts across the field to meet the river again shortly by a stile. The path now runs between the river and a fence. (a bit muddy here last time) The path eventually bends right up a small hill to reach a firm track. Turn left and follow the path passed the Thirlemere Aquaduct on your left, reaching a small cottage, the path goes through a stile to the right of the cottage along the bottom of a woodland bank.
The path continues to reach a fine footbridge over the river brock and an old ford where the Romans crossed on their route from Ribchester to Lancaster. Don’t cross the bridge, turn right and climb up an uneven stoney path. At the top you reach the end of a tarmac road, bear left and follow this road.
You are looking now for an obvious path on your left, after about a quarter of a mile on the road. It’s just a grassy opening but you’ll know it when you see it. Turn left here, it’s actually a bridle way and descend the path to reach a bench. The path seems to double back but keep straight on behind the bench heading towards Waddecar scout camp. You soon meet the main path through the camp as it moves alongside the river. Follow this broad path as it bears left passed the scouts archery range to meet a stile, cross and enter the field and keep straight on over a couple of fields until you see a footbridge. Don’t cross but turn to your right, passed a ruin, cross a stile and follow the path into the woodland with a steam now on your left.
This path drops to a footbridge over a stream, cross it and head uphill to a stile at the top and out into the open. Head straight on with Beacon fell now on your right and Parlick Pike and Bleasdale dead ahead. As you approach a gate, bear right following the fence line on your left, it can often be muddy here, you cross a couple of stiles before the path directs you right towards a house. (Wickens Barn) The path passes you to the left and on the tarmac road (Oakenclough Rd). Turn right and pass the front of the house, follow the road, around a sharp right hand bend then take a farm track on your left (footpath sign) Follow this straight path towards the big house, (Heatherway) As you approach the house there is a stile on the right, cross this and follow this path a hundred yards or so before turning left and heading up towards Beacon fell.
You meet the road that encircles The fell cross it and immediately take the wide path that goes diagonally right, through the trees onto The fell. As you emerge from the trees at a path junction turn left and follow the path just a couple of hundred yards before turning right through a couple of old gate posts to climb the short distance to the trig point.
From here follow the main path straight on and down into the trees, as it swings right, straight on over a cross road of paths down to the visitor centre and where we started.