Brock Bottom

Brock Bottom

Brock Bottom, also known as Brock Picnic Area, Brock Valley, Brock Mill and Brock Valley Nature Trail, are all different names usually referring to the area along the River Brock, from the picnic spot which is just off Brock Mill Lane.

The area is very popular with families and dog walkers, but it can also be a good starting point for some longer walks around the area. The popular Beacon Fell is actually very close to Brock Bottom and can be reached in about an hour at a reasonable pace.

During the summer when there is decent weather the car park can fill up easily, so it is a good idea to arrive early. Some cars do park just outside the entrance but we’re not too sure if this is permitted, so it is not generally recommended.


Brock Bottom once housed a cotton spinning mill with around twenty cottages for the workers. It was build in the 1790’s by a local firm called Lorimer & Company. The mill finally closed in the 1930’s and was used as a café and a dancing hall at weekends. Now, the remains of the mill can be seen but the cottages are easily missed.


It can be a difficult place to find but hopefully this page will help. The best way to remember is – there are just three turns after the Shell garage on the A6 near Garstang.

Firstly, here’s the Shell Garage between Bilsborrow and Garstang:

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Head over this narrow bridge and then look for the three turns below:

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1) Take your first right
2) Take your next left
3) Carry on for a couple of miles and you’ll get to a T-Junction, turn right here.

Using these three simple steps should get you there safely every time.

But here’s a map just in case:

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Brock Bottom walks
June 2013 – 3 mile walk

Brock Video