CC208 Tree Leck Fell
The village of Cowan Bridge is situated on the A65, 2 miles south of Kirkby Lonsdale. As you enter the village look out, near the Post Office, for a signpost (bridge 12' 6") to Leck. After 1 mile turn right and park in St. Peter's Church car park.
1. Leave the car park by turning right onto the road and then right again at the wall’s end. Continue to a post-box in a wall and then turn left down the lane to a cul-de-sac sign at the right end of a terrace of cottages. Stay on this lane for approximately 500 yards, through some houses, and where the track forks, take the left one to a ladder stile into a field.
2. Follow the track through two fields to a concrete bridge over a beck. From the bridge you will see a gate over on the left, into a wood. This is Springs Wood and in May/early June is completely carpeted with bluebells and wild garlic. The energetic sound of Leck Beck accompanies you through the wood.
3. Emerge from the wood, through a gate into a field, to follow a broad, easy, path. You will have good views of the beck, with its dippers and herons, as you cross the long meadow to a ladder stile beside a gate. The grassy path continues through a reedy patch and over a stream that comes down from the right. Here, the path swings sharply right uphill.
4. Following the course of the beck for a few hundred yards more will give a view of beautiful waterfalls but unfortunately that is not the permissive footpath.
5. You will see two fenced sapling plantations. The route climbs steeply between the two fenced-off areas. Over the top of the incline walk down the hill to meet a path running left/right. Turn right here, and in a few yards, cross a stream. The track, initially wide and clear-cut, becomes less distinct through the reedy ground. Just keep above and parallel to the conifer plantation down on the right until you reach a wall. Follow the wall to the end of the second conifer plantation where you will find a large ladder stile in a wall.
6.There is some wire fencing here which may lead you to think that the stile is 'out of bounds'. It is not. The official footpath leads over that stile so just step across the wire for access
7. Continue to another ladder stile ahead and then gradually descend over a number of fields/ladder stiles always keeping the wall on the right. You will have impressive views over the Lune Valley to the right and Tatham Fells to the left.
8. When you come to a gate in the wall on your right, go through and down the field towards a stream that flows under a wall. Cross the stream with the wall on your right and through another gate. Follow the broken-down wall on the right to a further gate. Keep to the right until you are walking between a tumbledown wall on your left and a wall in good repair on the right. This leads to a metal gate that gives you access to the hamlet of Leck. Turn left and walk past the houses, keeping left up the hill and right at the post-box. At the road junction turn left to return to St. Peter's car park.
Map: Pathfinder 628 - Kirkby Lonsdale & Barbon
Terrain: Easy walking with one marshy section.
Distance: 3 miles
Time: 1 - 2 hours