Monday, 24 January 2011

Stocks Resevoir

We got to Stocks Resevoir at last, having been defeated a couple of weeks ago by snow, slush & ice on the road over Bowland Knots.
There's a well marked circular walk around the resevoir of about 8 miles, from the main car park on the road between Slaidburn & Clapham. Yesterday, a thin skim of ice covered about half the surface, giving an impression of absolutely calm water & resulting in some beautiful reflections of sky & trees. A real shame we hadn't brought a camera! We have resolved to return in the spring & summer as there are wildflower meadows beside the lake and late autumn colours should be wonderful.
There is a hide not far from the car park for birdwatching. We saw cormorants, Cananda & Greylag geese & many species of duck.
There are informative maps of the circuit in the main carpark also showing several other waymarked paths & cycle tracks.