Leasgill, Heversham and Hincaster
Passing Levens Hall from Kendal direction, turn left off Princes Way and you arrive in the historic hamlet of Leasgill.
Once part of the Eversley Estate, owned by the Argles family who built a family home there in 1859. Through the years many of the original shops and workshops have been converted into dwellings, as has the grammar school which was founded in 1613. This has since been re-sited to Heversham and was formerly the Heversham Grammar School but now part of Dallam secondary school.
The village hall (called the Athenaeum) was used by villagers as a library and hall many years ago. It still serves the village as a hall today. This tiny well maintained hamlet has a reputable primary school, St Peters C of E School and is close to the village of Heversham.
Heversham village is adjacent to Leasgill and is also steeped in history. There is again a mix of historic buildings that have been converted and newer properties built on surrounding land over the years. St. Peter’s C of E Church is the central point of the village and across Prices way there is the attractive Blue Bell Hotel famous for local fayre and ales.
There is an abundance of walks from both Leasgill and Heversham. Heversham Head, with the ruins of a cockpit, the steep hill behind the villages can be accessed from a variety of routes and is a place to go to admire and identify the views of the Lake District Fells and the Kent Estuary coastline from the feature monument erected over the time capsule in 2000.
The historic house of Levens Hall is a few minutes walk away, with the fantastic topiary gardens famed around the world.
Nestled amongst the fields, in the parish of Heversham, south of Kendal some 2 miles from the slip-road off the A591, lies the tiny hamlet of Hincaster.
It is famous for the canal tunnel that forms part of the now disused part of the Lancaster Canal as it is the longest on this canal, lined with bricks dug from clay at Moss Side, Millness. The Hincaster trailway makes for safe and picturesque walks.
This little gem has a mixture of historic dwellings and some more modern and a friendly community spirit within a rural landscape.