Tim Writes (27/04/2020): Me and my son, Jack, did this walk with our pal, Matt O’Brien. Matt runs his own website MyPennines.co.uk and his version of this Brock Bottom & Beacon Fell walk can be found here. I would recommend having a look for a detailed description of the route. Firstly because it was fresh in Matt’s memory, and secondly, because Matt has a far better grasp of the English language than I ever had!
Brock Bottom & Beacon Fell, along with the Trough of Bowland are perhaps the main ‘honeypot’ spots of the Forest of Bowland. They are especially popular with visitors and tourists due to their location being close to Preston.
When I lived close by to Brock Bottom & Beacon Fell (they are very close together), I’d often go for an early morning walk before work. On these visits I’d take some carrier bags and fill them with litter, left over from weekend visitors. A sad fact of life, I guess.
Anyway, on this walk we joined Brock Bottom & Beacon Fell up, rather than doing them separately. It made for a nice long walk in fairly decent October weather. Parking is at Beacon Fell Visitor Centre and at time of writing it’s £1 to park.
We meander off Beacon Fell and head down the lanes until crossing the River Brock over a footbridge. From hereon the path follows the river until you reach the car park and cross the road, before re-joining a riverside path. It was rather muddy in places, no wonder it is known as ‘Boggy Wood’.
There is a little road walking before a slight climb back onto Beacon Fell and we went straight up to the trig point. Rather than head straight back down to the visitor centre, we had a walk around the fell before getting back to the car.
This Brock Bottom & Beacon Fell walk was a very enjoyable ramble, and it was especially good to join up two places that I’ve loved since being a child.