: Having A Leckaround
29th June 2013
there is a new film out entitled Summer in February.
Well, this report is more like February in Summer.
Rumour has it that long ago, before global warming,
June meant sunny days and high temperatures. What
has gone wrong? Here we are in midsummer but dressed
almost in winter clothing.
be fair, it wasn't that cold when we set off but it
got chillier as the day drew on.
in part by Yoda and the Three Ladies ( BB1323
) plus memories of the Leck Beck Trek ( BB1136
), I though that area was a must for a Great
Little Walk with Margaret. Rather than struggle
to find a parking place at Ireby or the more welcoming
Masongill, we opted for Leck where the church has a
large car park with an honesty box for parking fees.
Unfortunately I had no cash with me so I promised
the verger a fiver on our next visit. Or to be
more accurate, I promised a man whom I presumed to be
the verger as he was mowing the verges but when I spoke
to him, it seemed he was not even a member of the church
but just doing his wife's bidding.
set off south-east for Todgill Farm then turned northwards
along a very pleasant track. Apart from "Why is
it so cold?", three topics dominated our conversation.
we passed this way before whilst staying at
had we stayed at Hipping Hall?
which house was it that Mark Owen of Take That
the track we could see glimpses of Leck Hall but, magnificent
though it is, I was sure that was not the Owen house.
Indeed, subsequent research proves it to be the
current home of Baron
- hence the various Shuttleworth Gawthorpe boundary
glimpse of Leck Hall
back onto tarmac at Fellside Barn, we strolled down
to Bank House which wins the prize for the best display
of washing that we have seen in a long time.
down towards the river and north to Castle Hill and
the Iron Age settlement, the castle moat still visible
but more so from the air (thank you, Google
there is a steep path by a stream leading down to Leck
Beck which we followed back into the village past the
cleverly named Diamond Jubileck Wood 2012 which
is rather let down by the accompanying KEEP OUT sign.
village school has one of the most imaginative playgrounds
I can recall seeing, through which we had to pass to
reach the church and the car.
the third of our questions, I am convinced
that Leck Mill House is, or rather was,
the MOTT property.
one question had been answered.
when we stayed at Hipping Hall and what
walk we did from there remain unresolved.
does why it feels like February in Summer.
Saturday 29th June 2013
5.6 miles; Height climbed:
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