: Mizpah in Winster
25th July 2015
between the popular Gummers How and Orrest Head vantage
points overlooking Windermere is a small, little known
hill that provides an equally superb panoramic view.
Its name is Rosthwaite Heights.
remember going there with the BOOTboys
) and thinking that I must take Margaret but had you
asked me yesterday I would have said that I had done
I could find no documentary evidence and she no recollection
thereof so we concluded it had been an intention that
slipped my mind. Not an unusal occurence! Time
to put it right on a rather better day than most we
have had this summer. We were accompanied by Roger
and Denise, neither of whom knew of its existence.
parked by St
at Winster where a garden party seemed in full swing
at the old School House.
Brown Horse was our first objective but only to cross
the A5074 although I nearly got spiked or even decapitated
by a tractor turning the corner too fast with its prongs
before it. Rather than walk along this busy, pathless
road, we did an up and down and up and down along back
lanes to recross the road three quarters of a mile nearer
we were on bridle then footpaths taking us around by
and down to Bellman Ground where we saw people manning
the turning that leads off the road and up to Rosthwaite
we had climbed the hill to the farm it was clear that
another, rather larger and grander garden party was
in process. It would have cost us £5 each
to enter but as it had not been on our agenda, we continued
along the bridle path through the grounds. As it happened,
we saw quite a lot of the attractions for free.
was a display of vintage horse drawn carriages, including
one for a child that would presumably have been pulled
by a Shetland Pony. Or a large, biddable dog.
path led onto what, in winter, would be open fell but
at this time of year is covered in head high bracken.
Fortunately the path was clear so Open Day visitors
could have a tractor-drawn ride to the summit. We
walked up to see the fine views over almost the full
length of Windermere.
is an inviting memorial seat but, unfortunately, it
is exposed to the wind which was having a right good
blow so we didn't linger. Instead we headed south
through the woods to the Ghyll Head Reservoir, found
a vantage point and enjoyed a brew.
long bracken trail then led us east to Winster House
where a decision had to be made. Back to the car or
up to the Brown Horse? We felt we had earned the
trip to the pub and what did we discover? A party
was in swing, this time it was a beer festival. Roger
and I tried pub's own Winster Valley Lakes Blonde but,
sad to report, it was not one about which we would rave.
I found it rather thin and almost sour. We
didn't try any of the other 14 that were on offer.
at the Church, the old School House party had finished
and all was quiet.
particular note was the number of gravestones carrying
the word Mizpah.
knew not what it meant, although it sounded Hebrew.
That turned out to be correct. Seemingly its basic
meaning is "Watchtower" but in Genesis 31 it marks the
territorial agreement between Jacob and Laban, his father-in-law.
The word has now come to mean an emotional bond
between people who are separated, either physically
or by death.
LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one
was a touching conclusion to a walk filled with features
and fine views.
27th July 2015
6.6 miles Climbing:
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