Sunday, 3rd December 2017

Walk: Leck Beck, Whoop Hall, Fleet's Lane (track), Fell Road, Brownthwaite Pike, Trig point, Bull Pot Farm, Ease Gill Kirk, Anneside, Leck
Start Point: Cowan Bridge Village Hall CP Grid Reference: SD 635 765
Distance: 10.8 miles Ascent: 1,700 feet
Time: 5.5 hours
Weather: Cold but bright and clear
Comments: The potentially boggy ground was made a little easier to navigate due to the recent freezing conditions. We were treated to a reasonably mild day and good views en route to Ease Gill Kirk, the highlight of the day. Once a cavern, this roofless circlular wall of rock provided lots of interest for the geolocially-minded amongst us. A mainly flat but stile infested route then took us back to the car, a good walk enjoyed by all.

A bridge takes us across Eller Beck . . .

before we spot the early morning mist

The dilapidated stile shows the line of the original footpath

A bench provides the perfect spot for elevenses

Browthwaite Pike sports a substantial cairn . . .

which we refrain from climbing

Looking back as we head north . . .

we make our way round to the nameless trig point, the highest part of the walk

Bull Pot Farm, the home of the Red Rose Cave and Pothole Club

Ease Gill Kirk . . .

but no water today

The vertical slices of rock . . .

provide the opportunity for exploration

in what used to be a cavern . . .

before the roof collapsed

Can we squeeze through there?!

We leave by the route we entered

Leaving our lunch spot, an open area beside the kirk . . .

we follow the path of Leck Beck . . .

climbing many stiles on the way back to the car

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