This is a quote from a Mr Barrie Johnson who once used the lodge.
It is a great shame that the building has been allowed to fall into ruin as it is the only remaining luncheon hut (referred to as a ‘Shooting Box’ on OS maps) in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. So it is unique, particularly as it is designed like a Scottish grouse shooting hut. When the Warrington Potholing and Caving Club took it on in January 1968 it had not been used for many years, and we agreed to pay £26 per year rent!
One room had been for the gentry, with timber wainscoting. The smaller, simpler room (now collapsed) was for the beaters. We put a doorway between the two rooms and used a chemical toilet outside by the stream - no toilet shed, just sat in the open air! We washed in the stream and boiled water for drinking. I was once snowed in, alone for three days (January 1969, I think) and had to dig myself out of the doorway. The temperature dropped to minus 6 degrees inside the hut, so I needed my mountaineering clothing! We named the building Gayle Beck Lodge, and this name was adopted by the Ordnance Survey on the revised maps. Interestingly, there is an OS bench mark on the gable facing the road, and the spot height is 1,100ft.
If you are concerned about this then the way to help is by sending your concern in writing or by email to:
Built Heritage Conservation Team Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Yoredale Leyburn North Yorkshire DL8 3EL