Nicky Nook

  • Easy hill near Lancaster
  • Views defy its height
  • Full of interest and variety

Less than an hour from my home on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border is the lovely little hill of Nicky Nook (215ms). Although I have done quite a bit of walking in the Forest of Bowland I had never climbed or even come across Nicky Nook! With a name like that it was not going to remain virgin territory for long.

I found the biggest challenge of the day locating Scorton from the M6 (head for the A6 is the clue). From Scorton we joined a line of winter trekkers heading up the hill, initially on a lane and then through a stile on to the open hillside. The views are fantastic and the walking straightforward with the trig point soon arrived at. After the girls (easily) and myself and Helen (with more difficulty) climbed atop the trig and posed for photos we headed east and south in to the woods of Grizedale. All in all a very pleasant short walk.

Recommend:  Nicky Nook reminds me a little of a minature Dufton Pike, an attractive, small fell standing isolated by a backdrop of bleak moorland, in this case the Forest of Bowland.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL41 Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale Buy Map
Start Point: SD 502487. Park in the village or at busy times on the road just to its south. Head east on the road past the catholic church, over the M6 and soon arrive at a stile leading on to the fellside.
Height to Climb: 207 ms (680 feet)
Terrain: Great walking on the open fellside, a pleasant track through the woods and some quiet roads complete the circuit.
Eating & Drinking: 2 pubs in the village and a cafe in the attractive village of Scorton.
Similar Walks Nearby: From Arnside to Silverdale
Fair Snape Fell, nr Chipping
Longridge Fell from Hurst Green
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