The Calf Revisited
30th December 2007
to my speculation at the end of the BB0739
report, we did manage to fit in another outing before
the year end. After all, it would not be Christmas
without Ianís seasonal visit to the fells!
almost decided not to come as BB0739
had been such a superb outing and anything else was
likely to be an anti climax. Plus the fact that
the weather over Christmas had been dire. However
the forecast was promising and he, like the rest of
us, needed to shed a pound or three of turkey and mince
pies, so he suggested we revisited The Calf and this
time, he would try not to get lost!
must admit, initially I was a bit annoyed at the suggestion.
Partly this was because I would have to unscramble
the travel arrangements I had already made. Partly because
I have probably done the Calf more than any other hill
in the last three years but more, I suspect, because
I hadnít thought of going to the Howgills. But
the suggestion did have a lot of merit. It was
not too high, not too boggy, not too hard and not too
far to travel. So the arrangements were changed
and off we set.
day was not the stunner for which we had hoped. As
we approached Sedbergh we could see that the clag was
down on Winder, albeit nowhere near as low as on the
previous Bootboy visit, the infamous BB0503.
in the gloom
photo on Winder
parked at the recreation ground and decided
to tackle Winder direttissimo.
quite steep, it was not as severe as several
brutes that we have overcome this year.
Good firm grass under foot (despite
the recent heavy rain) and no need for hands.
there was no view from the top- the brass
plate pointing out the various sites was
utterly superfluous today other than as
a point around which to gather for the team
you can see, there was no danger of Ian disappearing,
given his fetching flourescent shorts!
the mist we made our way along to Arant Haw, then up
Calders and finally to the Calf with only the occasional
glimpse of anything approaching scenery. En-route
we met several parties of very polite young men (occasionally
with a young lady) and concluded they were ex Sedbergh
boys, returned for a nostalgia visit.
decided to come off to the west rather than take the
direct route back to Sedbergh (as I have always done
previously) so we dropped down Bram Rigg. As we
emerged from the cloud, we found a suitable vantage
point to have lunch (turkey butties and Christmas cake,
of course) with a panorama opening up in front of us
from the estuary around to a snow topped High Street.
clearing, offering Lake District panorama
behind us, the Howgills were starting to show us what
we hadnít seen earlier!
clearing, revealing the Calf
Howgills really are a lovely set of hills. A complex
web of deep valleys and grassy ridges.
folds of the Howgills
down we had two obstacles to overcome: Bram Rigg Beck
and Swarth Greaves Beck, both of which were inevitably
very full and quite a challenge for those of us, unlike
Ian, who are shorter of leg.
had one more decision to make. To head down to Birkhaw
and pick up the Cumbria Cycleway back to the car? Or
alternatively to climb a little and contour around the
fell above the farm wall? For a moment it looked
like the twopenny randomised decision maker that Stan
had found in Sedbergh would be used to toss for a verdict.
the thought of more enraged becks to cross
on the fell made me plead for the cycleway
and to my surprise this was accepted by
acclaim. Perhaps there was a game
of chicken being played?
was a pleasant stroll down the farm track
and along the cycleway. In the distance
we could see a small plane circling Sedbergh
several times. Presumably, we deduced,
a former Sedbergh school boy who had been
given a plane for Christmas and was taking
his girl friend for a joy ride to show her
where he spent his formative years?
track to the Cycleway with Sun!!!
so concluded another Bootboy
outing and, definitely this time, the Bootboy
year. Whilst it had been unfortunate that half the walk
had been in thick mist, the second half had been really
enjoyable to experience for the first time, for me at
least, a new part of the Howgills. As for the
year, unquestionably a record with 40 outings taking
the Bootboy team total for the year to 334 miles and 101,748
feet of climbing!
30th December 2007
miles (Garmin/ Memory Map)
climbed: 2,726 feet (Anquet)
Winder, Arant Haw, Calders, The Calf; (Walks
on the Howgill Fells)
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- BB0701 Loughrigg - the GPS test
Whinfell- Castle Craggs
Pike or the Stockghyll picnic
Cancelled Day plus High Altitude Report
Out of the Mist and into the Cloud
Cockups and much much more
Equipment testing day - High Rigg
Circling Hollow Moor
Eagle Crag and Sergeant's Crag
Bakestall, Great Calva and the Great Divide
Helvellyn- the range; North to South
Ease Gill to Great Coum
- BB0715 Stone Arthur, Fairfield and Apocolypse Now
- BB0716 Caudale Moor and Hartsop Dodd
High and Low Rigg or maybe a Rival?
Oh No! Not Steel Fell Again?
Mad Dogs and Easedale Tarn, Codale and Tarn Crag
An English Munro: Helvellyn via Catstycam
Levers Water Circuit
By Steamer to Hallin and Place Fells
The Dove and The Deep Dales Round
Wainwright's Worst Wet Walks!
To Hell in a Bucket. And Back!!!
Wrinklies on the Crinklies and the Return to Hell!
BOG OFF- Pen-y-Ghent & Whernside
Shipman Knotts and
Half a Horseshoe
Pikeawassa and the Fusedale Round
A Gray Day
Another Gray Day
Gable and a Great Deal More
To Monroe or Not to Monroe?
Nabbing the Nab
Helm Crag and a Question of Ethics
Gowbarrow Fell and Glenridding Dodd
Middle Dodd and Red Screes
An Adventure and a Test
Ticking Off Langdales
The Calf Revisited
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has kindly produced a log of which Wainwrights have
been done by which Bootboy
in the "modern" era, i.e. since the advent
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anyone wants to claim other peaks, please let me know
and I will submit them to the adjudication committee!
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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