GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Brock Bottom Walk

1 miles (1.7 km)

This walk visits Brock Bottom near Garstang in the Forest of Bowland AONB. The area is something of a local hidden gem with peaceful waterside and woodland trails to enjoy.
You can start the walk from the car park at the picnic site on Brock Mill Lane. From here you can pick up a waterside footpath heading south along the River Brock to Brock Bottom. It's a photogenic spot with nice woodland, babbling brooks and the ruins of the old mill building to admire. In the spring months there are also lots of pretty bluebells to see.
You could extend the walk by heading north from the car park to see the rushing weir and the Thirlmere Aqueduct.


PR3 0PP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Brock Bottom OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Brock Bottom Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Just to the south east there's the Cross Keys Inn in Whitechapel. The pub is a bit of a hidden gem and a great place for Sunday Lunch. You can find them at Church Lane, Whitechapel with postcode PR3 2EP for sat navs.
Just to the east in Beacon Fell Park there's a nice cafe at the visitor centre. You can sit outside here and enjoy great views with your lunch.

Dog Walking

The woodland trails are ideal for a dog walk so you'll probably see other owners on your visit. The Cross Keys mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just a mile to the east you'll find the popular Beacon Fell Country Park. The park includes, a visitor centre, woodland trails, ponds and viewpoints with fabulous views to the coast.
To the west there's the Garstang Canal Walk which runs along a section of the Lancaster Canal. You could continue along the towpath to Bilsborrow and visit the impressive Owd Nell's/Guy's Thatched Hamlet complex. The canalside 'village' includes a pub, restaurant, hotel and ice cream parlour.
To the north is the delightful village of Calder Vale. It's a lovely place for a stroll with more views of the River Calder, a village pond, bluebells woods, and the historic Lappet Mill, an old cotton weaving mill which is still in use.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Forest of Bowland Walks page.


Brock Valley Car Park - - 1178654

The good sized Brock Valley Car Park. Adjacent to a picnic area and the River Brock, this is very popular and busy in Summer.

Path to Brock Bottom - - 1975434

Path to Brock Bottom

River Brock at Brock Bottom - - 1050074

River Brock at Brock Bottom

Footbridge over the River Brock - - 1127708

Footbridge over the River Brock

Mill ruin at Brock Bottom - - 2720000

Mill ruin

Weir and Thirlmere Aqueduct on River Brock - - 2277435

Weir and Thirlmere Aqueduct on River Brock. North of the car park.

Brock valley - - 1050097

Brock valley countryside

Bluebells, Brock woods - - 836345

Bluebells, Brock woods


GPS Files

GPX File

Brock Bottom.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Brock Bottom.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)