The Howgills and Limestone Trail  


HALT STAGE 7 - Barbon to Ireby


Starting point: Barbon (SD 629825)
Distance: 7.5 miles
Ascent:
1250'
Date: Monday 24th October 2011

All of the photographs on these Gallery pages were taken by Derek Cockell when he and his wife Alison helped to test walk the route after it was devised by David and Heather Pitt. The test walk took place during the summer and autumn of 2011 and spring and summer 2012. Please note that all photos in this gallery are copyright of Derek Cockell and are not to be used without express permission.

Route: From the War Memorial in Barbon, turn left past St. Bartholomew's Church and, after crossing Barbon Beck turn right through woodland into Barbondale and walk up the valley to cross Barbon Beck via a footbridge. Walk uphill along a bridleway ESE, then SSE to skirt Barbon Low Fell and walk through Bullpot Farm where the Red Rose Cave and Pothole Club has its headquarters. Walk past Bull Pot, which may be inspected with great care, pass a double limekiln and continue with a wall on your right to arrive at the steep-sided dry valley of Ease Gill. Climb out of the valley and head in a south-westerly direction following Leck Beck, passing a ruined farmhouse and continue across fields to Leck, where, passing through the school, emerge on to a quiet road at St Peter's Church. Turn right and walk along the road into Ireby.


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Barbon


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Barbon Beck


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Passing St. Bartholomew's Church


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Looking back towards Barbon


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Footpath into Barbondale


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Barbon Beck


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Barbon Beck


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The footbridge across Barbon Beck


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Lunch!


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Looking northeast along Barbondale and Middleton Fell


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The path leading to Bullpot Farm


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Bullpot Farm ...


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... which is now the HQ of The Red Rose Cave and Pothole Club!


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The path leading to Ease Gill


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Looking back to Bullpot Farm


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A memorial at Bull Pot


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Bull Pot looks dangerous!


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A double limekiln passed on the way


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Approaching Ease Gill


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Ease Gill - a subterranean stream in a dry valley


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The dry valley of Ease Gill


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A colourful hawthorn tree


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The valley of Leck Beck


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Leck Beck


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Anneside - now in ruins


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Leck village in the distance


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St Peter's Church


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Ireby at the end of this stage




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