Sunday, June 20, 2010

Stocks Reservoir

Stocks Reservoir
Stocks Reservoir lies to the north of the picturesque village of Slaidburn and adjacent to Gisburn Forest which lies to the east.  It is a working reservoir, providing drinking water primarily for the Fylde area of Lancashire, and it is also managed by United Utilities to provide leisure facilities (for walking, fishing, picnics and birdwatching) and offer a variety of habitats for wildlife conservation (coniferous and broadleaf woodland, meadows, bog and moorland).  The water catchment area around the reservoir is used for forestry and farming (mostly raising traditional Swaledale sheep).

We parked at the School Lane car park and walked a section of the 8 mile circular walk around the reservoir - roughly from points 1 to 6 and back on the map provided by United Utilities (available from the car park).  There are no toilets here, so stop off in Slaidburn if you don't fancy hiding behind a tree!

The sun was out and the walking was easy along the well-maintained paths.  Here are some pictures I took along the way:

Stocks Reservoir - looking a bit low
Stocks Reservoir - looking a bit low

Foxgloves
Foxgloves

Path through recently established deciduous woodland
Path through recently established deciduous woodland

Owl pellet squished open to show vole bones
Owl pellet squished open to show vole bones

Hillside view of Stocks Reservoir
Hillside view

Pair of bullocks
Pair of bullocks

Dry-stone wishing well and walling by New House (Holly & Chris)
Dry-stone wishing well and walling by New House (Holly & Chris)

Orchid
Orchid

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