Nicky Nook

Pedder’s Wood in Grizedale.

No really, I’m not kidding, there is a hill called Nicky Nook. Just a small hill (215m); a sort of foothill to the Bowland Fells, which aren’t all that big themselves (not height wise anyway). Small enough, in fact, to be perfect for a Friday night post work walk in mid-October when the evening light is fairly short-lived.

Grizedale Reservoir.
Looking over the Bay. Black Coombe in the distance. Wyresdale lake and Scorton Lake in the middle distance.
Imaginatively named ‘The Tarn’.

I’ve been up there once before, many, many years ago, helping a friend to celebrate a birthday as I recall. Must be more than twenty years ago. I’d forgotten how good the views are. A Small Hill with Disproportionately Magnificent Views – one for the book Andy. It’s a shame that the light was going when I reached the top. I shall have to come back another time. Damn! (Spoiler alert – I already did. Expect a post sometime before 2030)

Oh, the route: park on the minor road west of The Kennels. Walk along the road to Slean End, up Grize Dale to the reservoir, up the hill and back down to the car. Simple.
Nicky Nook

16 thoughts on “Nicky Nook

  1. At last, a mention of Nicky Nook!.
    Just looking up our walk log, we did this area way back in 2002 as a daywalk in conjunction with Cockersands and Glasson, never heard anyone else speak of it (I can’t remember a thing about it though).
    NIce photos and a reminder of the area.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      From our more recent visit I can tell you that this is a very popular walk with locals. The views are huge. I haven’t been to Cockersands for a long time either. Hmmmm.

  2. John Butcher says:

    Yeah Nicky Nook. First hill I ever climbed, climbed is the right word, I was 3, in 1966! When I was about 8 or 9 a sheep broke my nose up there when I tried to feed it a banana sandwich. Many happy memories. Can’t believe you missed the Apple store, great place for a post walk snack and a brew.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Hi John, I know a few people who might try to break your nose if you fed them a banana sandwich! You’ve really got me thinking now – what was the first hill I climbed?

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Coincedentally, we were talking about blue cheese at work and it emerged that we were all fans of Garstang Blue and I was trying to remember the name of the other local blue – Nicky Nook! I haven’t tried that yet. Next time I see some on sale…..

  3. Great name and a great little walk that. Perfect for after work. Our book is coming along nicely, all we need now is to write it and get it published! 🤣

  4. This is one of those places I zip past (hopefully) on the M6 heading further north. I’ve seen it featured in a few local walking guides. Seeing your posts confirm it’s somewhere to head up to, perhaps for a late sfternoon post work walk on a fine summer day (if the rain ever stops!). It looks a bit awkward to get to. What’s parking like?

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