Loughrigg - the GPS test
4th January 2007
The New Year starts full of hope, and John Smith's
bitter. Then you get up, look out of the window, and
see it's raining again! The forecast informed
us of "heavy rain and gale force winds" all week with
the only change being "showers and gale force winds"
on the Thursday!
So expecting another round of "e-mail chicken" I
was surprised when both Stan and Tony readily accepted
a suggestion of a half-day walk on Loughrigg. Tony did
point out that as Don had sneaked off for some warm
weather training in the south of France it would give
us the opportunity to get an early lead in the "King
of the Mountains 2007" competition!
After paying the £3.70 car parking fee at White
Moss (Tony didn't know whether his Windermere Angling
Club sticker would let him park for free!) we set off
through the woods and on to Loughrigg Terrace. As soon
as we reached the open fell the wind picked up and a
"heavy shower" (torrential downpour to most people except
weather forecasters!) started.
Thankfully it passed through as we climbed up the
climb towards the summit and we actually got some views.
Reaching the summit trig we were hit by extremely
strong winds that made it difficult to stand up. Despite
these being the strongest winds Tony has yet encountered
he was still tough enough to get the camera out and
take the team photo.
We pressed on quickly to get out of the wind and
headed across the fell towards Ambleside. Anyone who
has been up Loughrigg will know just what an attractive
top it is, with a succession of little knolls, valleys,
tarns, and marshland.
Today we were doing a traverse of the top before
returning to the Terrace. I decided not to turn off
on the direct route from Black Mire to the big cave
at the start of Loughrigg Terrace because the 'marsh'
on the way down would probably require waders on a day
Instead we continued further on before turning down
by the side of a wall, traversing through a wood, and
out on the track to the cave. My initiative however
was not appreciated. From behind I could hear moans
and groans about the route choice, the awful underfoot
conditions, and even outrageous suggestions that I might
be lost! However it is fair to say that terrain
I would consider to be 'not too bad' is probably OK
for a youngster like me, but a bit much for the older
members of the group!
unhappy Tony emerging from the wood
On reaching the big cave on the Terrace I was surprised
to find a wooden fence across the entrance and a sign
saying it was closed due to recent rockfall. This was
reached at 12:00 and for the first time in many months
Tony was able to have his sandwiches at the designated
A short walk from there back to the car and we were
home by 1:30pm. I certainly felt better for making the
effort to get out.
Regular readers will know the story of "Tony
and the Bargain Boots". We now have an update. At the
end of this walk he complained of wet feet and discovered
that both boots were leaking. On his return he went
down to K Shoes where he had purchased them and complained.
They replaced them, so he now has a pair of brand
new, latest model, Brashers in the correct size and
still at 25% of normal retail price!
I'm told he's now trying to get in touch with Mike
Shuttleworth to see if he'll take the insoles back that
he'd been using for padding!
4th January 2007
Comments: One of the compensations for not
being around to have gone out on this walk is the variety
of e-mails from the participants prior to the report
I've successfully uploaded yesterday's walk from
the GPS. It says it's 4.88 miles and 1,647 feet of ascent.
However you will notice that the latter part of the
route goes straight across Rydal Water! That's because the satellite signal was
weak from the stretch just after the quarry (lunch stop) until we got back to
the car - hence the very straight line. What it does show however is the superb
navigational line through the forest to the quarry, although perhaps the better
route may have been to follow the wall back up and around. Interesting
for the GPS track from yesterday's walk.
You should be able to load it straight into Memory-Map.
Stan: My strict Catholic schooling taught me not to say anything unless it was
good, therefore, in deference to that I have no comment to make about the
straight navigational line, against my advice, through the wood. Tony is never short of words and I'm sure he will oblige
Tony: Think I've more faith in Don's calculations!!
My upbringing was a lot less than catholic but I'm saying
nowt!! Ha ha!! My shoulder's still bloody stiff today
from being blown over but we won't blame Bryan for that!!
who got a GPS for Christmas then, Bryan?
thought you could walk on water!
other compensation is that whilst the BOOTboys
were battling the elements in the UK, Les Garçons
et les Filles de la Botte were revisiting BB0625.
We caught the bus to St Agnes,
climbed the castle, walked down to Gorbio under a cloudless sky, had a lazy lunch sat out at the restaurant in the
square and then walked all the way down to Menton. I'll happily trade the
4.88 mile, 1,647 feet ascent deficit for our 10 km and
2,000 feet descent in the sun!
5th January 2007
Agnes castle and mountain top village
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This page describes a 2007 adventure of BOOTboys, a loose group of friends of mature
years who enjoy defying the ageing process by getting out into the hills as
often as possible!
As most live in South Lakeland, it is no surprise that
our focus is on the Lakeland fells and the Yorkshire Dales.
As for the name, BOOTboys, it does not primarily derive from an
item of footwear but is in memory of Big
Josie, the erstwhile landlady of
the erstwhile Burnmoor Inn at Boot in Eskdale, who enlivened Saint Patrick's Day
1973 and other odd evenings many years ago!
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