was Tony's fault that I was late setting off. The
previous Friday morning he had phoned me saying "Get
yourself down to Lowe Alpine, now! They are having
a sale of samples at incredibly low prices." And
so they were. Provided you had size 8 feet, a
32 inch waist and a 38 inch chest you could kit yourself
out for life for not much more than the price of a Chelsea
As Tony said, even if they don't fit, at these prices
you can make them fit. Which explains why Tony,
and I left with big piles of slightly too small gear; in my case all packed
into a £80 rucksac costing a tenner that had
been needed to carry them away. I think Tony needed
to buy two rucksacs!
why was it Tony's fault? Because the more gear you have from which to choose what
to wear, the more the decisions become difficult and
time consuming. Especially on a day when the wind
had been forecast to gust to 75 mph and the showers
threatened to merge together to form continuous rain.
I simply did not get up earlier enough for the
Tony induced complexity of decision making.
saga also explains why some of us at least were dressed in tights and latex tops sensuously hugging
our bodies (i.e. slightly too small!), a sight from
which you are spared in the photos due to the weather
conditions requiring further garments.
that we really anticipated actually being in 75 mph
winds. Bryan had planned one of his low(er) level
bad weather walks that would see us protected by the
bulks of Wetherlam and Coniston Old Man. What was remarkable,
a very generous gesture on his part, was that it contained
no Wainwrights. His proposal
at Tilberthwaite (near Coniston). Go up Tilberthwaite
Gill to the top. Bear to the left of the delightful scramble
up Steel Edge and go through Hole Rake before dropping
down towards Low Water Beck. Turn right before reaching
beck and head up towards Kennel Crag to explore Coppermines
valley. Then head back down the valley to Miners Bridge.
Then head for Far End farm and up the rising track on
to the Yewdale Fells before finally heading back to
that, in essence, is what we did. Apart from stopping
on innumerable occasions to have a look down quarries
and poke round mine holes. Stan reckoned that there were
some 150 mine openings in the area and that he used
to pay his kids 3p a go to find them. Had he extended
the offer to us (updated for inflation) we could have
make a killing.
Gill, with Wetherlam lurking
Quarry near Tilberthwaite Gill
weather was better than expected; the odd shower of
rain at the start and some very strong occasional gusts
of wind but otherwise not too bad although definitely not
a day for being on the tops.
again after lunch
the sled run wall
lunched out of the wind in the remains of what was probably
an old winching house (bang on noon, so Tony was kept
happy, for once).
examined the man made sled runs that contoured the
We interrogated the workmen to find
out what the enormous crane was doing (it was for an
extension to the water treatment works where they added
chlorine to water presumably intended for Coniston residents).
new Paddy End water treatment plant
trolley at the Copperrmines museum
examined the old machinery lying around outside the
closed Coppermines museum.
We noted where Tony's
pal George was building a small turbine to help power Coniston.
from Yewdale Fell
We ambled down the valley thinking what a pleasant easy
walk this had turned out to be and then cursed when
we found we had to regain all the height we had lost
to go over Yewdale Fells.
And we explored enough mine
openings to cause Stan to take out a new mortgage.
good day out!
29th November 2006
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