Mad Dogs and Easedale Tarn, Codale and Tarn Crag
4th July 2007
Dogs and Englishmen go out in the Pouring Rain!"
least that was Tony’s verdict on the day. Not
having been out for several weeks, he wanted a gentle
walk and given the poor forecast an easy stroll from
Grasmere along a rather full Sour Milk Gill up to Easedale Tarn seemed to fit the bill.
Picture at Easedale Tarn
reached the tarn, rather wet but otherwise without incident,
we had a coffee stop whilst we pondered what to do next.
An attempt to cross the top of the beck had to
be abandoned when Bryan almost imitated Stan’s dunking
of last week. More deliberations and then a decision.
This had been a week in which we had each had
a glimpse of mortality. Tony missed last week’s
walk due to the funeral of his 42 year old hairy biker
friend (known as Hairy) and managed to get his photo
in the paper as proof. For the evidence, and to see
the most remarkably appropriate hearse, follow the link
to the Westmorland
Gazette. Bryan, in his role of distributor
of such news, had issued notice of the death of a former
colleague, only 58. And I had discovered through
a Google search that I, or some unfortunate with identical
name, was apparently buried at St Albans in April this
year. So, against that background, a “live life
while ye may” attitude provoked an almost reckless demand
from Tony that we press on to Codale Tarn and from there
to Tarn Crag.
route to Codale Tarn had a few interesting little scrambles-
better going up than down in the wet. We paused
for lunch under a rowan tree for shelter near the tarn.
From there it was an easy climb up the path to
Tarn Crag where we could see Harrison Stickle appearing
out of the clouds and we had a good view of much of last week's
We also has a peep over a side peak to renew
acquaintance of Easedale Tarn from above.
appearance of Harrison Stickle
Tarn from above
confess I was worried about the descent. The grass
and rocks were by now very wet and slippery and if we
did not find a simple way down between the crags it
could have been quite challenging. In the event,
the way down to Far Easedale Gill was simple, although
at times we lost the path for a while.
view south-east from Tarn Crag
down the gill held happy memories for me as we passed
the barn and field where I used to go to August school camp
and a puzzle as to how, some years later,
I had managed to drive my old Morris Minor all the way
to the barn without seriously damaging its chassis. Maybe
the track has seriously eroded, as now I would struggle
to get my Forrester anywhere near!
only other thing of substance to report is the excellent
ice cream to which Tony treated us on returning to Grasmere.
4th July 2007
Distance: 7.6 Miles
(Anquet / Harveys), 8.75 on Bryan's GPS.
climbed: 2,129 feet (Anquet / Harveys)
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This page describes a 2007 adventure of BOOTboys, a loose group of friends of mature
years who enjoy defying the aging 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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