In February I walked this route the other way round in the rain:
Today in contrast was well into our current summer heatwave. Pete had his eighty something birthday on Wednesday, and whilst he still walks well up to four miles on Tarmac he is unsteady on rougher ground, and this route included a kilometre and a half of fairly rough track, and I shouldn't really have selected it for Pete. Temperature was in the high twenties and I was thankful to just plod along at Pete's steady pace - he was using walking poles which he says make a huge difference.
Not far from the start Jubilee Cottage features, bearing a stone inscribed plaque above the door, now almost unreadable but Internet searching interprets:
"This school for girls was erected by the surviving sisters of R H Welch Esq in memory of him, and in aid of his designs for the improvement of education. 1847".
for the nearby C of E school in Leck produced the following:
In 1845 a girls' school was started in what is now Jubilee Cottage, next to the Church. The boys were in the building, which is now the Infants room, which was in existence before 1857. Later the girl’s school became the Infant School (mixed). On 19 August1931 they became an Infant and Junior School only and senior pupils went to Burton-in- Lonsdale School. In 1938 the infants and juniors were taught together. The junior classroom was built in 1960 and the school became Leck St Peter's Infant/Junior C E School. In 1968 Tunstall School closed and children were admitted to Leck School. Jubilee Cottage is now a private residence.
|North east across Leck Hall parkland to distant Leck Fell and possibly Whernside|
|Leck Hall hiding in the trees.|
Just to the right of this photo and further away in the trees we saw a bright light shining - see next photo - it remains a mystery.
|The bright light|
Overexposed beyond redemption in Photoshop so it remains a mystery
|Pete moving uncertainly on the rough stony track, but thankful for some shade|
|South-west to the Bowland hills|
|North from our high point after emerging from the stony track.|
Right is the cul de sac road leading to Leck Fell, a Mecca for potholers
|Why do some trees grow so gnarly?|
|This is not a public footpath so no complaints.|
I had to overexpose in Photoshop to reveal detail of the stile's infill
|Anti-clockwise as opposed to my previous visit|