Tim writes (24/12/2018): Today’s plan was to do some last-dash Christmas shopping in Lancaster, but whilst travelling northbound on the M6 it had become apparent that today was one of those rare days where visibility seemed almost limitless. The Christmas shopping was shelved for a much better plan of a walk instead!
The usual parking spot at the foot of Nicky Nook was closed, so the car was parked a little further down with permission. (08/09/2020 Note that roadworks are now finished and parking at the foot of Nicky Nook is fine).
Soon after a short climb up the steps the views expanded across to the Isle of Man, and of the course the Lakeland Fells looked as inviting as ever. And at the top of Nicky Nook the views open up eastward and from there you could see the sun rising above the Bowland Fells, and in the distance the West Pennines and beyond.
After the trig point the popular route descends towards Grizedale Reservoir, where path then follows Grizedale Brook for a while before rejoining Higher Lane. Here there is a stroll back to the parking spot at the foot of the fell. Stop at Applestore Cafe for a coffee after your walk.