Starting at the car park at the top of the High Street in Garstang behind the FIG Tree cafe. The walk takes you out of the back of the car park, past the sports fields, along the riverside millennium green park until you come to a lane. Turn R and cross the footbridge. Turn L and follow the river. The path leaves the river when it swings off to the left, the path continuing across fields along a tributary towards Woodacre Hall (signposted) and a bridge over the railway and then the motorway. Keep straight on the track in front with the woods on your left until you reach a lane. Turn left for .25mile and just past a farm house & barn conversions, as the road begins to climb, take the bridleway on the R. Continue down the Grize Dale valley entering woodland and passing a reservoir to reach open moorland. Turn left and climb up past a chimney and over a stile to the trig point on Nicky Nook (can be wet underfoot, boots recommended). Continue forwards but soon take a right fork to walk above the tarn (keeping L of tarn) to gap at end of stone wall. Turn L and follow path down to lane (take care can be muddy). Take the lane directly in front of you down into Scorton village. Turn L at T-junction past Toilets and take the next left, Tithe Barn Lane. After curving to the R and a sharp L bend, take a well signed path on the R across fields towards the corner of woodland. Continue in a straight line to skirt the wood before crossing a footbridge into the wood and turning L. Eventually the path drops diagonally R down to a gate & a stile into an open field. Head diagonally R, towards the motorway and a gap in a fence which takes you into gorse were you'll find a hidden footbridge. Returning you to the bridges over the motorway and railway that you crossed earlier. Retrace earlier route: across fields alongside stream, then alongside river as it curves L to the footbridge. Turn right across river into lane. Turn into millennium green park and follow river back to car park and an incredible hot chocolate made with real chocolate or a fairtrade coffee and a well deserved piece of home made cake. 8.5miles, 700ft ascent. Take some food and a drink and some waterproofs and allow about 5 hrs walking plus extra time back in the FIG tree. Oh, and did I mention the oh so well named bars of Devine chocolate?
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