BB0622:  Round the Dunny!

Wednesday, 2nd August 2006

The forecast was for buffeting winds and nasty rain so we decided that Pen-y-Ghent could once again wait for us.  Bryan came up with one of his wet weather specials- The Dunnerdale Horseshoe.  This had the great merit of not being too high (max 1231 feet) and being well to the west where the weather was expected to be better.

Unfortunately I was taken by surprise by Bryan and Tony arriving early, before I had finished packing, so I threw together my things and in doing so omitted several important items, the most important being money, camera, leggings and my special banana holder. Fortunately Tony was better prepared and took the photos.

We parked at Broughton Mills and first ascended Great Stickle, disturbing a Green Woodpecker on the way.  Bryan had printed off the Wainwright instructions and map and gave them to Tony, appointing him as team leader for the day as he had his glasses with him.  

Daydreaming, leading from the back, Tony allowed Bryan and me to take a false trail off Great Stickle but after being chastised for his lack of attention he successfully led us up Stickle Pike and, indeed, had he followed his own judgement he would have taken us up the correct route up Stickle Pike rather than the direct ascent that Bryan advocated.  

The trouble was that Wainwright referred to a faint path and that is what Bryan spotted. Unfortunately a faint path 20 years ago is now a motorway and was just out of sight round the corner whereas the faint path today is a route that Mr W strongly advised against.

I should point out here that although not high, Stickle Pike is a proper mountain in miniature; indeed it's an itsy bitsy teeny weeny eine kleine Matterhorny.

Stickle Pike summit

Lunch was taken at Stickle Tarn but the wind was up and the weather was starting to close in.  We crossed the Dunnerdale road and climbed up past the old quarries where it looked like two men were filling their trailer with stones from the quarry waste.  Tony wanted to make a citizen's arrest for pilfering.  Bryan thought they should be commended for tidying up the countryside.  Discuss.

At this point it started raining and those with leggings put them on.  To be fair Bryan did offer his to me and I did suggest that perhaps I might put one leg in each of his and Tony's but that was not taken up.  

We headed for a peak unnamed on the map and referred to by Mr W simply as "1183" by which time it had stopped raining and those encumbered by leggings had to stop to remove them.

We followed the ridge, described by Mr W correctly but with surprising grammatical inaccuracy as the "least" impressive of the two ridges.  Skirted round Raven's Crag and across the Knott, which Bryan explained was also a Knoll.

Bryan on the Knott or Knoll

From here there was a splendid view of the terrain we had covered (see below) and at which we had our LotSW stop until the weather threatened once again.

View back to the itsy bitsy teeny weeny eine kleine Matterhorny Sitckle Pike

Back at Broughton Mills we found a lovely little church that we examined and then headed for the Blacksmith's Arms where Tony had fond memories of a lock-in at a Shepherd's Meet 30 years ago.  It had not greatly changed.  No money so I had to blag a second round off Tony!  When we came out it was raining!

This is a splendid little walk with delightful mini mountains. Cheeky old Mr W (who only made it 1,700 feet of ascent) said we should be pleased with ourselves- a very good performance- considering our age!!!

Don, 2nd August 2006


5.6 miles

Height climbed:
2,030 feet

Dunnerdale Fells
Stickle Pike

For map reference see Map


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  • BB0631  Coppermines
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  • BB0629  Stone Arthur and a Mystery Plume
  • BB0628  Knocking off Wainwrights.  Oh! Plus Skiddaw!
  • BB0627  Blencathra and the Mungrisdale Round
  • BB0626  The Deepdale Round
  • BB0625  Les Garçons de la Botte
  • BB0624  The Crookdale Horseshoe and then some
  • BB0623  Selside Pike revisited
  • BB0622  Round the Dunny!
  • BB0621  The Malham Experience
  • BB0620  Newlands Horseshoe
  • BB0619  Old Man Succumbs!
  • BB0618  Kentmere Horseshoe
  • BB0617 QH2QH High Street (the length thereof)
  • BB0616 Thornthwaite Beacon
  • BB0615  Fairfield Horseshoe
  • BB0614  High Street Racecourse
  • BB0613 The Coledale Round
  • BB0612  Well, Well, Well, Wansfell and Troutbeck Tongue      
  • BB0611  Carlin Gill
  • BB0610  Whitbarrow, Yewbarrow and a history lesson
  • BB0609  Clough Head and Great Dodd
  • BB0608  The Corpse Road and beyond
  • BB0607  Grim Fell!
  • BB0606  A Bit on the Side.....
  • BB0605  Angle Tarn with Surprises! 
  • BB0604  Hart Cragg via Dovedale
  • BB0603  Islands in the Sky with Brocken Spectres
    (or High Street via Gardiner's Grind)
  • BB0602  Holme Fell, Black Fell and Electric  Eyes
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