Around Barnacre Reservoirs returning through the beautiful Grizedale Valley


Grizedale Valley
footpaths through pastureland


Walk Overview:

The pastures and woodland above Barnacre reservoirs and the peaceful Grizedale Valley offer a most wonderful and accessible landscape to be enjoyed any time of the year.

The secluded wooded valley of Grizedale with its steep vegetated sides are almost ‘cathedral-like’ with a great sense of place for its visitors whilst the views from the higher ground extend across the County.

The Fylde Water Company formed in 1861 and constructed four reservoirs, firstly Grizedale reservoir was constructed by building an earth embankment 22m high and 120m across the Grizedale Brook, it created a reservoir of 323 million litres and was completed in 1866. The construction of a further three reservoirs took place up to 1920.

Our walk circumnavigates this ‘civil engineering achievement’ exploring the neighbouring farmsteads that worked the land long before the engineers first moved in.

Eventually, we enjoy the wonderful valley of Grizedale following its brook through the cool sheltered woodlands of Holme Wood.



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Walk Details:
Start: Grizedale Bridge: SD53570 49098
Distance 8km (5 miles)
Ascent: 165m
Grade: Easy
NB: grading is based upon normal conditions & can be subjective
Countryside Code for the public:
be safe - plan ahead & follow any signs
leave gates & property as you find them
protect plants & animals
take your litter home
keep dogs under close control
consider other people
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