Since 1974 the highest part of Lancashire has been Leck Fell which geographically is part of the Yorkshire Dales. This short walk gives you stunning views of these lovely high hills without ever troubling you to climb an incline.
From the inn car park turn right in the direction of Kirkby Lonsdale.
Here it may be best to walk along the grass verge. After 300 metres the road crosses Burrow Bridge. At the drive of Yew Tree Farm turn right onto the farm road.
After the farm keep ahead through a metal gate and continue past an isolated barn. After this bear left to a wall crossed by a ladder stile.
After passing below telephone wires bear left towards a field corner on the rise ahead. Here keep ahead to the left of a wire fence as it drops to the next field corner close to a small brook.
After a metal fence cross a stone bridge to a ladder stile. Over this bear right in a large field to a metal gate. Continue in the next field to a ladder stile crossing to a drive. Turn left on the drive and now besides Leck Beck continue for 250 metres.
Where the drive turns left keep ahead on a narrow footpath which leads to Cowan Bridge on the busy A65.
Before continuing the walk the cottages to the left are of some interest.
These once housed the Clergy Daughters’ School attended by Charlotte Bronte and her sisters Emily, Maria and Elizabeth. Conditions were so dire that typhus broke out killing Maria and Elizabeth and no doubt compromising the health of Charlotte and Emily. There is commemorative plaque on the wall.
Returning to the route cross the bridge and walk along the A65 to the bus shelter. Behind this turn right onto a narrow path that soon reaches open fields.
Keep ahead crossing four fields until you reach the tiny community of Overtown. There now follows 700 metres of road walking.
Where the road bends sharply left keep ahead at a wooden gate leading into a large field.
With a hedge on your left keep ahead towards Parkside Farm. When you reach it go through a wooden gate to the left of two metal ones and bear right into the main yard.
Once past a large barn turn right and after a metal gate bear left as you enter a long field. The path leads back to the A683 close to Burrow Bridge. Turn left for the inn.