Relocation, Relocation, Relocation.
is a bit early to be doing a review of the year but
it has to be said that we have been very lucky with
the weather and so it came as a bit of a shock to be
faced with the possibility of a wet day for our outing.
Tony even queried whether it was sensible to be
going out which brought a one word response from Bryan.
Yes! However he then moderated it by devising
one of his low level specials and informed us that we
would be practicing our navigation skills on Blawith
first problem was finding the right car
park from which to start. After two
false parkings we made the right decision
and got kitted up. Full wet weather
gear as it was just starting to rain.
gave Tony and me a map each which was the
1:25,000 OS map of the area marked up with
10 checkpoints to which we had to navigate.
And he gave us a lesson on orientation,
relocation and paying attention to the most
minute detail on the map that would give
a clue to identifying exactly where we were.
We then did a step counting exercise
along the road until we found the initial
approach. So far, so good and what's
more, it had stopped raining. Off
we went up the fell, noting the position
of the accompanying stream and where and
how many times we crossed it so that we
would have no problem in finding the path that
branched off to the left.
Bryan ruled that we had gone too far and
we had to retrace our steps to find the
path. After a lot of to-ing and fro-ing
with Bryan also unable to find the path
we were forced to conclude that either the
OS map had it wrong, or that the path had
become disused and overgrown by bracken.
So we relocated, took a bearing and
pioneered a new route and after only a few
uncertain moments achieved the first check
point albeit well behind the time schedule
and not absolutely certain we were in the
we were able to prove it by relocating with reference
to specific features, like a house with a pond by a
stream plus a hidden farmhouse that only came into view
below a crag as we moved off the top.
2 was at the south end of Beacon Tarn and that was straightforward
but success deserves its reward- Tony was allowed to
have an early lunch for once. Beacon Tarn is a
lovely surprise. Wainwright, in the Outlying Fells
book waxes lyrical about this area and its multitude
of splendid little tarns and he is not wrong.
Beacon Tarn with glimpse of Stickle Pike
Beacon Tarn from Beacon Fell
3, at the top of Beacon Fell was even more
straightforward and offered great panoramic
views from Dow Crag, Coniston Old Man, and
Wetherlam, mostly in cloud to Helvellyn
and Fairfield where the weather was much
the wind began to blow strongly as can be
seen from the team picture. And then
the sky darkened and it started to hail.
At this point Bryan offered us release
from checkpoints 4, 5 & 6 which were
some distance out to the east and we accepted
the reduced challenge of finding just 8,
9, 7 & 10.
was quite a test. It was the top of Green How
but there was no easy way of getting there. We
opted to head north until we met the Cumbria Way (fortunately
the hail did not last long) then east along a path that
skirted Stable Harvey Moss until we came to a small
ridge. At this point we relocated and decided
to take the direct route across Mere Moss that would
lead to a gully giving easy ascent to the target. It
was with some trepidation that we set off across the
moss but it was not as bad as we feared and no one drowned.
Once again there was a superb panorama.
was a very small tarn near Inking Knott that could be
seen from 8 and presented no problem. However
the route to 7, a point on the far side of an unnamed
disused reservoir, presented options. Whether
to take the direct route to the south end of the reservoir
across potentially boggy terrain or the "safe" route
along the ridge to the north until a path was met that
would bring us down to the target from the north?
favoured the latter but kept our options open as we
made our way along the ridge to a point where we could
see the alternative and it did not seem too bad. It
was a correct call to change plan and it did not take
long to cross the moss and reach the reservoir, another
over Blawith Fells
the sun now out, albeit close to setting behind the
Blawith Fells, we picked up the Cumbria Way going south
until we met a metalled track and checkpoint 10. We
followed the road south east as it descended to Coniston
Water but cut off a corner with a delightful section
through a small craggy, then woody and finally boggiest
before hitting the road and walking
a short distance back to the car.
the distance was not great and the highest point only
a little over 800 feet, it was a real walk- continually
lifting the legs to combat thick bracken or boggy moss
greatly adds to the muscles' perception of the distance
you can tell, this was a quite different experience
to any other BOOTboys
outing and congratulations to Bryan for making it fun
and introducing us to a mini wilderness of an area that,
with a slightly different route and much better weather
would make a superb Slipper Stroll.
8th November 2006
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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