Beacon Fell and the River Brock


Beacon Fell summit and trig
River Brock


Walk Overview:

This circular walk is a great way to enjoy the wooded and open spaces of Beacon Fell combined with the cool woodland and riverside walking along the River Brock.

The highlight of the outing must be the riverside walk; from Brock Mill up to the ruin at Gill Barn Wood.

Brock Mill was a corn mill still operating at the start of the 20th century, yet by the 1960’s they sold refreshments to tourists, I remember queuing at the farmhouse door for a tray of tea and crisps.

On the 1840 map, Brock Mill is shown as ‘Lower Brock Corn Mill’ and the ruin at the confluence of the Rivers ‘Brock’ is denoted ‘Gill Barn’, not one tree was growing on Beacon Fell, only quarries on this rough high ground & Heatherway Farm was called Little Broadhead.

The river hasn’t changed much over the years but it’s interesting to understand how our interventions with the landscape have changed the surroundings, just imagine - Beacon Fell without a tree!



Fly-by Video:

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Walk Details:
Start: Beacon Fell, SD56422 42679 or Brock Mill
Distance 9km (5.5 miles)
Ascent: 210m
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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