BB0710 Latterbarrow

Thursday 22nd March 2007

The forecast was for a misty day with better weather in the west so Tony suggested we went to the Duddon Valley.  Bryan observed that it was a bit of a drive but we could go up to Seathwaite Tarn from Seathwaite village and, if the mist lifted, go on to do Grey Friar, which just happened to be a Wainwright that he needed. Stan thought we could reduce the driving by starting from Coniston and walking along the Walna Scar Road. Concerned that this was substituting a long walk for a long drive, I suggested we drove up Wrynose to the Three Shires Stone and attacked Grey Friar from there.  

It was agreed that we should decide the plan of attack when we met up.  Which is how we came to the decision to go to across the ferry to Latterbarrow instead! Latterbarrow just happens to be a Wainwright Outlying Fell that Bryan needed.

Crossing Windermere by ferry was a novel first for BootBoys.  We parked by the edge of the lake and made our way over the fell by the bridle path to Far Sawrey, emerging by the Sawrey Hotel, which holds happy memories for me of my 30th birthday.

Claife Heights from the ferry

Moss Eccles Tarn

From here we followed another bridle path to Moss Eccles Tarn and then Wise Een Tarn. 

 Wise Een Tarn

Armageddon, forestry style

Navigating from here to Latterbarrow was slightly more of a challenge along forestry paths through deciduous woods and a forestry clearing of coniferous land that looked like Armageddon and then finally through a short remnant of the coniferous wood before emerging on the open ground of Latterbarrow.  Although cloud covered the higher peaks, the views from here were quite splendid and merit a return on a better day.

Fairfield from Latterbarrow

Lunch on top and then a simple descent to High Wray, past a gate with a remarkable ten lock bolt, and then the long path along the lake back to the car.

 Latterbarrow Team  Picture

Anyone got a key?

Are we were going soft in our old age and morphing BootBoys into SlipperStrolls?  Not if our plans come to fruition.  Coming soon:  Scafell plus the length of the Hellvellyn range from north to south!

Don, 22nd March 2007

Distance: 8.3 miles

Height climbed: 1,450

Wainwrights:  Latterbarrow


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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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