Beacon Fell Country Park

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Beacon Fell Country Park Goosnargh Reviews

sarahelaine sarahela…
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Beacon Fell Apr 05, 2014
Beacon Fell Country Park is a surprisingly hard to find hill to the North of Preston. It’s well signposted, but the signed route does appear to be designed to take you past as many of the areas farms as humanly possible and you leave by a totally different route to the one you arrive by.

Once found, it’s well worthwhile. Fell is an old word for mountain, but Beacon Fell is a reasonably low lying hill and the car park is barely a 5 minute stroll from the summit. The views from the top and the car park were mostly obscured by misty rain when I was there (this is, of course, proper hill walking weather), but the glimpses I got when the clouds briefly passed by hint at spectacular on a clear day, with the Forest of Bowland area of outstanding natural beauty in one direction and the whole of south Lancashire in the other.

I only saw a corner of the park, having arrived quite late in the day on a reccie. The parts I saw were mostly pine wood (some plantation, and some more natural areas of Scots Pine and Larch) with some open fell areas. There is clearly a lot of wildlife – I didn’t see much, but there was a lot of birdsong in the trees. The area is also inhabited by large wooden sculptures of lizards, which is the sort of thing I just love.

There is a visitor’s centre, closed by the time I got there, and toilets. You could certainly get a buggy to the summit – it’s muddy, but there are paths the whole way. How much of the rest of the park would be accessible to buggy, wheelchair or crutches isn’t clear to me – there were some paths that would just be too muddy, but others looked fine. It’s not a totally illogical place to take a break on a longer road trip – it’s maybe 10 minutes off the M61/M6 if you were travelling north to south. Entrance is free, and parking is £1.
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sarahelaine says:
Yes- Fell from Fjell, originally mountain, but more commonly used for unenclosed, uncultivated hill pasture. There are a lot of Norse place names this part of the country- my current favourite is the rather wonderful "Grimsaargh Village".
Posted on: Apr 15, 2014
spocklogic says:
Fell for mountain must be Old Norse in origin, as in the Fjell & Fjord regions of Norway, yes? But I guess as Fjell is to Fell it is not so as Fjord is to Ford. English is a language of much confusion in origins of words sometimes.
Posted on: Apr 14, 2014
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