Nether Burrow
In recent weeks the accolades have been coming thick and fast for Northcote Manor. In October it scooped the AA Hotel of the Year award. Last month it won the Lancashire Tourism Hotel of the Year award. In the same month its managing director Craig Bancroft was named the Caterer Magazine’s Hotelier of the Year 2016. Of course this recognition comes after years of hard work, dedication to excellence and attention to detail. Chef Patron Nigel Haworth and Craig Bancroft have been passionate about promoting British cuisine even elevating the humble Lancashire hotpot into one of the signature dishes of their renowned restaurant.  Equally they have been passionate about promoting Lancashire as a place to visit and enjoy. In 2015 Northcote published a booklet with a selection of walks exploring the nearby countryside featuring Pendle Hill, Dunsop Bridge and Hurst Green along with other delights. The twin passion for good food and lovely countryside can be found in another of Northcote’s enterprises – Ribble Valley Inns. With menus based on seasonal locally sourced produce these pubs – there are five throughout the north west of England – have established a reputation for excellence while still retaining the ambiance of a traditional English country inn. Here we feature a walk from the Highwayman Inn which is located on the Kirkby Lonsdale Road close to the border with Cumbria and North Yorkshire. As it is a relatively short route it would make for an ideal outing over the Christmas break.

Start. The Highwayman Inn, Nether Burrow LA 6 2RJ (Tel: 01254 273338)



Distance: 4 miles 7½ k

Time: 1½ - 2 hours

Grade: Easy

Map: OS OL2 The Yorkshire Dales Southern and western areas


 Map by kind permission of Johnston Press


1. From the car park turn right onto the A683 Kirkby Lonsdale Road.


Be aware that this can be a busy road at weekends so keep close to the side of the road. After a ¼ mile just before Burrow Bridge turn right onto a footpath accessed by a wooden stile and then a ladder stile.


In a long narrow field keep ahead with tree lined Leck Beck on your left. When the field opens out


bear right towards Parkside Farm entering its yard by a metal gate. Turn left into the main yard and then beyond a large barn bear left to a wooden gate


leading into fields. From the gate keep straight ahead towards a large lone tree. Just after it go through a gate onto Woodman Lane. Follow Woodman Lane


for a little under half a mile to reach the hamlet of Overtown. When the lane bends to the right keep ahead.


As this lane bends left go straight on a track leading to an attractive cottage. The right of way enters the garden bearing left to a small wooden gate. Through this turn right pass through a small paddock


and then continue across four fields


to a corner before a white gable end. Take the narrow path to the left of the house to reach the A65.

2. Turn left. Walk along the pavement to cross Leck Beck


on the old Cowan Bridge. The cottages ahead were once the School for the daughters of Clergy attended by the Bronte sisters.


Sadly two, Maria and Elizabeth, died here during a typhus outbreak.


At the end of the bridge turn onto a riverside footpath.


After 300yds this joins a farm road. After passing a footbridge on the left the road reaches a junction.


Cross the junction and then cross a ladder stile on the right leading into pastures. Walking almost parallel to the drive you have just left (and Leck Beck) keep ahead aiming towards a hedge corner close to a property - Low Gale on the map. On reaching it go through a metal gate at a fence corner. Bear slightly right to reach a ladder stile close to a small stream.


Over this cross a flat bridge and then ford a second stream. Ahead there is a low rise. Keep to the fence on the left as you go over this and then drop to a ladder stile in a wall.


After crossing this bear left soon to join a track leading to the well-constructed Leck Beck Barn.


Keep ahead to a metal gate leading onto a farm track.


Continue on this keeping to the right to avoid a ford and soon after reach the large farm complex below Burrow Hall.


Keep on the main track to arrive on the Kirkby Lonsdale Road. It will be best to cross this and turn left as you walk back to the Highwayman Inn.


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