|Distance||3.5 miles (approx)|
|Low Point||110m (approx)|
|High Point||155m (approx)|
|Height gain||45m (approx)|
|Terrain||Road, tracks, access land|
|Bogs||A few boggy bits, ankle deep|
|Dogs||Ok (on leads in places)|
|Enjoyment rating (5 = best)||★★★★★|
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*Calculated by Ordnance Survey GPS
Accurate GPS map
A short circular Abbeystead walk.
Abbeystead is a charming little hamlet on the western edge of the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire, about 5 miles away from the M6.
The parking spot is at Stoops Bridge, which is a small bridge over Tarnbrook Wyre, which (along with Marshaw Wyre) is a tributary to the River Wyre. It is a charming area, I always think that it will make a great picnic spot in the summer, but then always forget by the time summer comes around.
The following route details around Abbeystead match the map above.
- From the bridge head north (over the road) and then over the steps in the dry stone wall. This track follows Tarnbrook Wyre for a short while, but you move away after going through the gate by the barn. Note the actual gate was missing at the time of writing.
- Head for the stile and gate at the top-left side of the field where you meet the road near Lower Lee. Then, immediately on the left, look out for a fingerpost sign and steps through the wall. Ascend the small hill and go over the footbridge. There are parts of this track that aren’t really visible and I went off course a little, but found it again further down.
- Leave the farm and turn left on the road, back towards Abbeystead. Stay on this road for about 500m.
- As the road sweeps to the left the route leaves the road and takes you right, over the stile or through the gate.
- Turn left onto the farm track and head down towards the weir.
- Go over the foot bridge and head left, ascending into the woods. The track now is pretty obvious as you go around Abbeystead Reservoir.
- Turn left at the road, back to Stoops Bridge to complete the Abbeystead walk.
On this route
LA2 9BH, Stoops Bridge, Strait Lane, Lower Lee, Bartle Rough, Abbeystead Lane, Bank Wood, Abbeystead Reservoir, Hinberry Wood.