SS06 Slipper Strolls

"Slipper Strolls" are less challenging walks, notionally where slippers might be worn rather than boots!

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SS0603 Elterwater

Tuesday 1st August 2006

The weather was not looking too promising as the 3 'trainer walkers' - Gill and John Lyons and myself - parked up at Elterwater. In fact it had started raining again. 

Not to be deterred we set off down the Cumbria Way towards Elterwater tarn at a fair old gallop with Gill demonstrating the art of power walking. I think even Don would have struggled to keep up!

The shower passed over just as I put my cag on, then started again when I took it off. By the time we reached Skelwith Bridge and left the shelter of the trees it had become a little heavier.

We then made our way to view Colwith Force, an impressive waterfall made even more so by the rain. From this point on it turned really bad. The skies darkened to the point where it was difficult to see the path when going thorough the wooded section and the rain was turning the tracks into mini rivers. Little Langdale tarn was spotted through the gloom before the trudge along the side of Lingmoor back to Elterwater.

The thought of dry warm clothes and a hot cuppa for once held sway over any thoughts of going to the pub. 

Amazing how even the bad days are still enjoyable - certainly beats going to work!

No team photo - didn't take the camera - good decision!

Bryan. 1st August 2006

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SS0602 Potter Fell

Tuesday 18th July 2006

Stuart and Gill Fairclough, Margaret Shore and myself gathered at 7 p.m. on a beautiful summer's evening in Staveley. The temperature was still in the mid-20's even at that time, and the pint of cold lager sat on the table outside the Eagle and Child seemed more appealing than a 5 mile walk.

It says something about the sheltered life I lead that I assumed everyone in the world owned a rucksack. What do people carry things around in otherwise? But I now know different. The Fairclough's don't possess such an item so pockets were stuffed with water bottles and sun cream before we set off.

The first part of the route follows the Dales Way alongside the river and it was here that we saw one of Tony's mates - Mr Heron the fisherman. After a mile or so we then crosed the river and made our way steadily uphill towards Ghyll pool. Halfway up the John Lyons tactic of pointing out some distant peak was deployed. Margaret said it was Coniston. I disagreed and said it was probably Kentmere. 30 minutes later at the top of the climb I had to admit I was wrong. A humbling experience!

Anyway Potter tarn was reached without too much heavy breathing and enthusiasm was such that the side trip to Gurnal Dubs was decided on. By this time the sun was beginning to set (see team photo) and the tarn looked impressive with two fisherman enjoying the late evening rise ( a technical fishing term which Tony will understand!).

Then it was back to Potter tarn and on downwards as the sun set over Kentmere ( the real one this time!). A final steep descent was made into Staveley and a wlecome pint enjoyed whilst sat outside the Eagle and Child. We finished at 10pm after walking 5.6 miles with 900 feet of climb. It was still light, as well as being warm enough to sit outside in shorts and t-shirts. Just like being abroad really. A splendid evening.

Bryan, 18th July 2006

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SS0601 Scout Scar

Tuesday 11th July 2006

There was a distinct lack of commitment for the inaugural Slipper Stroll (or Dogs and Clogs as it was nearly called but for a lack of either).  The day had been wet and the most people were willing to pledge was that they would meet up at Scout Scar car park but if it was raining.......

However the rain kindly moved away and it was a pleasant if a little blustery evening.  Gill Fairclough, Gardiners, Lyons-s and Shores all arrived by car but, naturally, Bryan, had hoofed it from Kendal Green.  Off to the Mushroom and along the Scar before diving down to Barrowfield Farm and then into Honeybee Woods.

We crossed the Brigsteer Road, went along a track and then off left on a fell runner's secret path and emerged into a field that led up to Helsington.  Left at the road, back across the Brigsteer road and along the Scar to the Mushroom for team photo. 

Returned to the car and repaired to the Rifleman's Arms for a couple of jars and then, in our case, to the Chinese Take-Away and back home for a feast, more beer and to fall asleep through Play Misty For Me.  Perfect!

A creditable 5.4 miles and 1,014 feet of ascent.  Well done Bryan for getting us all out and taking us on paths I had never previously considered.

Don, 11th July 2006

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  • BB0628  Knocking off Wainwrights.  Oh! Plus Skiddaw!
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  • BB0623  Selside Pike revisited
  • BB0622  Round the Dunny!
  • BB0621  The Malham Experience
  • BB0620  Newlands Horseshoe
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  • 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
  • BB0601  Ingleborough
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