Walk of The Month – April 2018

Where to wander this month: Scorton “Priory Trails”.

As the winter weather hasn’t quite disappeared yet, we have chosen a set of walks on good terrain, the Scorton Priory Trails. With sections suitable for Trampers, Pushchairs and even Wheelchairs, you can set off on these trails in the knowledge that you won’t lose a welly on route!

A 3.2km Circular Trail with two optional extensions, allowing you to take in the sights of the picturesque village of Scorton.

When you reach point 2 you can carry on with the circular route or you can carry on straight for a further 700m through a natural tunnel of ancient trees which opens out to Wyresdale Lake on your right hand side. Wyresdale Lake was created in 1897 for fishing and is fed by Tithe Barn Brook. The original owner of the lake, Peter Ormrod built a large country house near the lake called Wyresdale Park, and provided jobs to many local residents in cotton mills. Scorton Church was built by his brother James in his memory. Grebe, Coot, Mallard and Geese can all be seen on the Lake, and beyond rises Nicky Nook.

Retracing your steps will bring you back to the circular trail, where at point 4 you will be rewarded with amazing panoramic views of Fylde Coastline, reaching from Blackpool Tower in the South to the Lake District Peaks in the North. On a very clear day you can even spot the Isle Of Man!

Continuing on, at point 6 you can complete the circle by reaching The Priory. Why not indulge in a coffee and cake in their contemporary cafe/bar as the perfect end to your walk.

If you fancy walking a little further you can add on an additional 2.2km from point 6 which takes you down the Millennium Way, past the memorial seat carved in the shape of a Salmon, to Gubberford Bridge before turning back into the Village.

Scorton has a number of lovely eateries to choose from, as well at The Priory, there’s Apple Store Cafe set in a beautiful walled garden with glass house, serving overstuffed sandwiches and scrumptious cakes.  There is also The Barn which features a garden centre, gift shop and cafe/restaurant serving afternoon tea and classic dishes.

We hope you enjoy the Priory Trails – whatever the weather may bring!

Download the walk map here:

Scorton Priory Trails