Leck Beck and Casterton Fell

Route info Medium/Challenging
Distance 9 miles (approx)
Time 6 hours
Low Point 110m (approx)
High Point 350m (approx)
Height gain 240m (approx)
Terrain Minor scrambling, dried rivers, fells and tracks
Bogs Some boggy parts
Dogs Not recommended unless very obedient
Cow count 0+
Enjoyment rating (5 = best) ★★★★

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Health stats Approx
Steps taken 18,000
*Calories burned – 10 st – 140 lbs 670 cals
*Calories burned – 18 st – 252 lbs 1197 cals

*Calories burned uses this calculator and is worked out as though we are walking ‘level’.  If inclines were added it should be higher.

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Route description

Leck BeckToday I met up with Matt from MyPennines.co.uk for a walk along Leck Beck and Casterton Fell.

Leck sits at the northern tip of Lancashire and below Gragareth, which is the highest top in Lancashire at 627m.  The area is geographically interesting because the three counties of Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire meet up around here.

Parking is great, just by St. Peter’s church in Leck.  There is an honesty box so make sure you have some spare change.  And from the church the route passes a few homes scattered around Leck before a track takes you about a mile up upstream to a crossing which leads to a nice waterfall.  This area is marked next to Springs Wood on the map. *This is a detour and can be excluded from the walk.

The route then continues along the mostly dry Ease Gill until eventually reaching another waterfall just below Casterton Fell.  We took a few minutes to photograph this waterfall and then made our way up Casterton Fell to Bullpot Farm, which appears to be a hub for cavers.

From hereon the route took us south until joining the original path for a while.  I had a ride on a quad bike around here, which was great fun!  Then, the final third took us a slightly different way back, although the two tracks run parallel to each other.

On this route
Leck, St. Peter Church, Leck Mill, Leck Beck, Springs Wood, Anneside, Ease Gill Kirk, Casterton Fell, Bullpot Farm, Hellot Scales Barn, Anneside, Castle Hill, Leck Mill