Wednesday 28th October 2020 - around Nicky Nook (SD 519 485)
After yesterday's exertions in the rain I was just fresh out of my hot bath when the phone rang. Bowland Climber was suggesting a walk around Nicky Nook tomorrow. He said afterwards I hesitated before accepting. That is probably correct - I was still in recovery mode, and also I have walked around Nicky Nook on several occasions over the last few years. Before that it was a favourite outing to drag my unwilling family up to the summit when we lived in Preston.
Back in 2004 a local brewery were naming a new ale as Nicky Nook and tried to find the origin of the name. From the Lancashire Telegraph:BC had warned me about crowds in Scorton; he had identified parking in a lane just to the south beneath the M6. Rain showers were forecast but we avoided them all except for a brief five minute spattering as we sat on some large culvert pipes for our mid walk munchies.
We were away at 9:30. Practically all of the walk was, much to my surprise and enjoyment, new to me allaying my thoughts that we may just be covering old ground. By now I had thankfully found my boots in the garage from yesterday, and after some attractive autumn lane walking we were squelching through muddy fields complete with more serious quagmires at the gate entrances. We were then back onto other lanes and we seemed to have been climbing forever until we came out onto the road skirting the base of the Bowland hills giving us views and reminiscences of various treks through that terrain.
We had seen only the odd person, but now looking down to the road there were many cars at the popular parking spot which gives access to climb Nicky Nook. From hereon there were continuously more people. about.
Despite the waterlogged fields this was an attractive and enjoyable walk, the first since 16th of September with BC.
|For Paul - a front on view of BC.|
|We obeyed and walked through the "straigts"|
|Out to the edge of the Bowland hills|
|Cars parked for the ascent of Nicky Nook|
|Nicky Nook trig|
|Zoom to Lancaster University (I think)|
BC told me this was a sculpture - mmm!
|28th October! We were not tempted|
|You will have seen this many times if you drive north up the M6 - it coincides with a slanting upwards bridge over the motorway|