18th May 2006
As Don is away it has fallen to me to communicate
the events of this weeks perambulation. Unfortunately it will be recounted
without Don's flowing prose as I am a man of much more limited literary
capability. But someone has to do it!
And so it was that on a day which the Mountain
Weather forecast predicted "heavy showers and strong to gale force winds" the
three of us (Tony, Stan and Bryan) ventured off to the Howgills to face whatever
was to be thrown at us.
In Tony's case he was hoping for the predicted
heavy showers to occur as he had now decided to take this walking lark seriously
and invested in a brand new, top of the range, Lowe Alpine cag and watherproof
trousers acquired from one of his extensive list of 'contacts'.
Sitting in the back of the car on the way to
Carlin Gill I listened to Stan and Tony comparing notes on Kendalians that they
knew. The day was to be a history lesson on the people and places (primarily
pubs, landlords, and customers it seems!) of this fair town of ours. There seems
to be very few people they don't know.
Anyway, back on the walk. We parked the car at High
Carlingill farm, underneath the Howgills and overlooking the M6, and set off
up Carlin Gill. The wind was blowing strongly and we intended to stay in
the relative shelter of Carlin Gill beck as long as possible. This proved to be
quite 'interesting', although Tony would probably use another word. Suffice to
say that at various points the way looked impassible although there was a path
which at times traversed some steepish ground. At one point Tony got to try
scree running for the first time in his life. I think he enjoyed it?
This was a new route for myself and Stan so we
weren't always able to answer Tony's question "It doesn't get any ******* harder
than this does it???!!!".
Eventually we came out on the tops and headed for
Docker Knott before turning towards Breaks Head. The wind was pretty strong up
there and we headed downhill a little way before settling down to partake of
lunch. Or rather Tony and I settled down. Stan tried to but unfortunately let go
of his sit-mat which then took off downhill with Stan hurtling manically in
pursuit. Half way through my 2nd sandwich he re-appeared. He had descended
some 400 feet before catching up with the mat and then faced the climb back up.
I should point out that sit-mats cost a £1 or so, even in Shutty's. However
Stan's dedication to not littering the environment should be
As is now traditional team photos were taken at the
luncheon stop, although on this occasion two were needed as Tony has
not yet mastered the timer on the camera. After that it was on to Fell Head. The
wind had now strengthened considerably and it was quite a battle to make
progress in places - similar conditions to Coniston the other week but without
the hail stones. The sun tried to get out as we dropped down the ridge and over
Linghaw before arriving back at the car - just as it started to rain for the
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- BB0631 Coppermines
- BB0630 Relocation,
- BB0629 Stone Arthur and a Mystery Plume
- BB0628 Knocking off Wainwrights. Oh! Plus Skiddaw!
- BB0627 Blencathra
and the Mungrisdale Round
- BB0626 The
- BB0625 Les
Garçons de la Botte
- BB0624 The
Crookdale Horseshoe and then some
Selside Pike revisited
Round the Dunny!
The Malham Experience
Old Man Succumbs!
QH2QH High Street (the length thereof)
High Street Racecourse
Well, Well, Well, Wansfell and Troutbeck Tongue
Yewbarrow and a history lesson
Clough Head and Great Dodd
The Corpse Road and beyond
A Bit on the Side.....
Angle Tarn with Surprises!
Cragg via Dovedale
in the Sky with Brocken Spectres
Street via Gardiner's Grind)
Holme Fell, Black Fell and Electric