: The Leck Beck Trek
30th November 2011
asked for a shorter walk due to his affliction. He
complaining about the corn on his big toe which he was going to remove
a Stanley knife. However, Stanley suggested a Black and
Decker electric plane which he assured Tony worked a
treat on his corns. In case Tony's were rather
more stubborn, I volunteered a chainsaw, either a normal
one or one that is on a pole in case he couldn't otherwise reach his big toe.
He thanked us for the kind offers which he said he would
bear in mind but nothing more was heard on the subject
so presumably the Stanley knife did the trick.
on the other hand, cried off completely. It seems
that three weeks in the Himalayas were not sufficient
preparation for the ordeals we were likely to experience
did, however, send us a brief report of his modest efforts-
says that the Landlord at the
Nether Burrow doesn't mind walkers parking in his car park.
item was dated 2006 and much can change in five years
but I am pleased to report that the present Landlord
confirmed the arrangement and, in return, we promised to
have a drink there after the stroll.
I know it
is a big sacrifice for us to make but we thought it only fair.
Beck Bridge inscription
Burrow is an attractive hamlet spoilt by
the fact that it is on the Kirkby Lonsdale
to Lancaster main road. The bridge
over Leck Beck has an interesting inscription:
Will. Withers Clerk.
Nicholas Fenwick Esq.
the overseers of the building of
crossing the bridge, to the right is the site
of the Roman Fort of CALACVM,
meaning the Flower Basket. It lay on the road
from GLANNOVENTA (Ravenglass) to MEDIOLANUM (Whitchurch),
between the forts of ALAVANA (Watercrook, Ambleside),
19 Roman miles to the north, and BREMETENACVM (Ribchester),
27 miles to the south. Sadly, all is now lost
beneath Burrow Hall.
Hall is a Grade 1 listed building, built in 1740, that
offers a nod to its Roman ancestry in that the hall
ceiling incorporates medallions of Roman emperors (as
well as those of
Newton and Milton).
Also, the main 1st floor room has a ceiling with corner medallions of the Labours of
Hercules and a sunk panel of Flora being offered a basket of flowers, presumably
a subtle reference back to CALACVM.
hall was put up for sale in 2005 with the following
In the 13th century, the estate was owned by the De Burgh family, before
passing to the Tunstalls of nearby Thurland Castle. Sold in the early 1600s to
the staunchly royalist Girlington family, the estate was later confiscated and
passed on to a Parliamentarian officer who built the first house on the site; in
1690, it was bought by John Fenwick, a lawyer from Northumberland.
1740, Robert Fenwick, Attorney General and MP for Lancaster, as well as being a
keen amateur archaeologist, commissioned the architect Westby Gill to rebuild
the house in its present form. In 1945, the Fenwicks sold Burrow Hall to the 6th
Earl Temple of Stowe, who restored much of the interior. On the death of his
widow in 1974, the estate was sold again and, in 1996, was bought by the present
owners, who have made further major improvements, including the addition of a
spectacular atrium linking the house to its original, Grade II listed stable
lesson over, we can continue with the walk! As
we passed round the back of the Hall, we came across
several items of interest:
friendly Shetland pony
massive circular saw on a track
view of the hall
took the footpath on the north side of Leck Beck eastwards,
towards Cowan Bridge. We went slightly wrong at
one stage and failed to cross a stream by a footbridge.
This led to us having to take rather more drastic
action to reach the other side a little later near Low
crossing the beck
there on, it was and easy trail to Cowan Bridge
north briefly on the A65, I was interested in the disused
railway bridge that crossed the beck.
Leck Beck railway bridge
Stan and Tony were focused on a house by the side of
the road with a plaque revealing that it had been lived
in by Maria, Elizabeth, Charlotte & Emily Bronte
in 1824-25 when they were pupils of the Clergy Daughter's
School (later to be moved to Casterton and take the
name of that village).
intention was to take the footpath just a bit further
north heading off to the east but there was a sign indicating
that it was closed until May 2012 thanks to the likelihood
of danger to the public due to the dangerous condition
of the bridge at the westerly section of the path.
dangerous railway bridge
can see from the photograph that the brickwork of the
old railway bridge was not in a very sound condition
but we did not think it sufficiently alarming to prevent
to our surprise, these footpath closed signs continued
to appear as we headed along the north side of Leck
Beck. It was when we tried to find the footbridge
over Leck Beck that we discovered why. It no longer
exists, presumably washed away in the floods of last
winter. This left us with a dilemma. Should
we retrace our steps which would be rather tedious or
continue, no longer on a public footpath, until the
next bridge, a mile or so upstream; a higher risk option
but new (and possibly forbidden) territory?
which would you do? We carried on.
of the going was quite tricky. On one of the easier
parts we spotted a cluster of what I first thought were
stones but turned out to be ostrich eggs and there in
the next enclosure was a group of ostriches running
we reached the footbridge shown on the map and it proved
to be in reasonable condition and perfectly safe. On
the far side it had a Private, No Admittance sign but
had now joined the path through Spring Woods that was
on our intended route. Progress had been slow and it
was past Tony's lunch time so when we found a wooden
hut by the river offering a veranda with plastic chairs,
how could we resist? Once again, the private signs
were ignored. After all, there was nobody there
(and hadn't been for ages by the look of it) and we
were not doing any damage, leaving any litter or otherwise
causing an inconvenience to anyone.
feathers in Tony's hat
we continued to the next field then climbed up, with
the path, to the track that eventually leads to Bullpot
Farm. an area last visited on BB1033
or, more adventurously, on BB0714.
However, on this occasion, we headed south back
down towards Leck, passing on the way the remnants of
an Iron Age defended settlement with two internal hut circles, now
hardly visible other than circular earthworks.
down in Leck we passed the school- closed today because
the teachers were on strike along with other state employees
seeking to defend pensions rights far more generous
than those in the private sector- i.e. than those earned
by the folk who have to pay the pensions of the
closed by striking teachers
the other hand, work was taking place in the St Peter's
Church. A side benefit of the strike was that
the workman who had travelled from Blackburn found his
journey ten minutes quicker today!
the churchyard wall we found a strange inscription,
a stone carved with two roses. Was it once a boundary
stone for the red and white counties? It's actually
in Lancashire but not far from the white rose border.
strange feature was what seemed to be an obelisk in a
garden. Click on the photo to see what it really
did feel a chump!
Leck's greatest claim to fame in recent
times is that Mark Owen, of Take That, used
to live there after the group first split
He played for
the local football team and was very much part of the
younger section of the local community.
he moved away several years ago after which his domestic
troubles began and the second coming of Take That took
plan was to pick up the footpath shown on the map as
running from Leck westerly along the south side of the
beck. However, we were warned by a teenage girl
who said she had lived there for sixteen years and no
footpath existed. Frankly, we did not believe
her and told here it was clearly shown on a very recent
Ordnance Survey map. We thought it was a device
to try and protect the privacy of her house so we continued.
It was rather hairy in one place where we had
to cross a culvert with some rotten wood on one side
but otherwise we had no problems other than finding
ourselves on the wrong side of a fence along which ran
a waymarked footpath. Regaining the marked trail
we continued to Overtown and then followed the minor
road back to Nether Burrow to keep our appointment.
admits that, as with all good legends, sometimes it's
difficult to separate fact from fiction. That the Highwayman
started life as an 18th century coaching inn, is generally
accepted as true. Whether it was ever the midnight haunt
of Lancashire’s notorious Highwaymen is a little less
certain. What is certain is that they could have
done a lot worse if the beer then was as good as it
was this afternoon.
you, Landlord, for letting us park.
30th November 2011
recent absence from BOOTboys
expeditions is because he has been undergoing a
slightly more ambitious challenge, namely Annapurna.
He told us:
weather hadn’t been good on the way into Annapurna Base
Camp (only saw the high mountains fleetingly each day)
and we had some rainy days – all of which is unusual
for the post-monsoon period.
were caught in a snowstorm on the way to our High Camp
and this continued into the evening, eventually putting
down about two feet of fresh snow. The decision was
therefore made in the early evening that the summit
attempt was off because of the high avalanche risk on
Camp and Tent Peak after the snow
high point- 5,350 metres
following morning was a glorious day (as it was for
the rest of the trip) and we made an attempt on a smaller
top called Rakshi Peak. Two lads made the top of this;
three of us got within 100 metres of the top (5,350m
/ 17,552ft) before turning round because of time constraints;
the rest turned round earlier.
ropes on a steep descent
(Fish Tailed Peak) at sunset
descent was extremely tricky and the Sherpas had to
fix ropes at several places.
regardless of the top, it was a brilliant trip, with
the day at, and above, High Camp being one of my best
ever days in the mountains.
28th November 2011
kindly took some washing photographs for Margaret!
see more of Bryan's remarkable photos visit Flickr.
Gate, the Thieves and the Beggar
reading the BB1134 report about Norber's Erratics,
Hilary of Graham and Hilary fame, wrote to tell us more.
To find out what she told us, click on: The
Gate, the Thieves and the Beggar.
Landlord and the Sprog
discoveries of his links to the The
Three Shires Inn continue.
His latest communication on the subject says:
about six degrees of separation!!
we carry on like this we'll probably link
George Washington to the Three Shires!!
after the family funeral in Coniston last
week, my sister-in-law turned up with a
load more pictures including this one which
shows the landlord William Parry (Pat's
great grandad) and John Parry (the sprog)
who is Pat's grandad.
reckon it was taken circa 1903.
and John Parry
later known as Jack, can be seen in this photograph
of Coniston men in 1914 before they left for the First
World War. Pat's great uncle Billy is also in
Parry, Jack Coward, Billy Parry, Dick Barrow, Miles
Wilkinson, Richard Major
Alan Barrow, W Walker, Nick Carter
this group of men all beat the odds (one in six soldiers
were killed) and returned home after the war. William
Nicholson was awarded the Military Medal.
Carter later lost a hand in an accident at a quarry.
He used to walk around the village with a silver
hook in place of the missing hand.
who likes to research such matters as you will by now
have realised, has also discovered some
interesting information relevant to BB1135
: The Princess, the King and the Tower
concerning the retreat of the Pretender
and The Battle of Clifton Moor.
The last battle on English soil
and then follow the link to the eye witness account
of Clifton End Farm, "a worthy member of the Society
climbed in feet:
Don, Stan, Tony
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