BB0808 Thanks to the MWIS
I sit here writing these notes, with the rain pouring
down outside, I offer up my thanks yet again to the
Mountain Weather Information Service. For anyone who
has never come across the MWIS you can get to it from
this link: MWIS.
Bootboys have been using this site for some time now
as a guide to the conditions we are likely to encounter
(and sometimes as a reason not to bother encountering
them at all and stay at home instead!). This week it
said there would be two excellent sunny, calm, and clear
days sandwiched between the usual wet weather. So I
took advantage and had two splendid outings.
the Tuesday Liz and I were booked in for walking our
Rather than go around Scout Scar,
Helm, or the Castle as we usually do we thought it would
be a good opportunity for Jack (the dog) to do his first
Wainwright and for me to knock off two more.
So we drove
around to Loweswater and had a splendid few hours on
Low Fell and Fellbarrow.
Jack, Liz, and Bryan on Low Fell
View from Low Fell of Crummock Wather
and the Buttermere Fells
was a Bootboys day. Don unfortunately had to go to London,
and Tony was yet again off to Otley (I really have to
have a long talk to him about priorities!). So it was
just Stan and I who set off from Kendal, for a day mopping
up some Wainwright’s he needed to close in on his completion
of the Eastern fells. It was a challenge to find a route
to link the three of them up and in the end one eluded us
View up Ullswater from slopes of Gowbarrow
parked up at Aira Force to tackle Gowbarrow in much
better conditions than my last visit with Don and Tony
(BB0736). We took the obligatory photo of Aira Force
before taking a more direct line to the top of Gowbarrow
with the views becoming ever more impressive as we climbed.
descended to Dockray where our one and only navigational
hiccough of the day lead us to go a few hundred yards
up a road looking for a bridge on the map before realising
it wasn’t there and that we should have crossed the
stream in the village! A correction was soon made and
we began the long steady climb over Watermillock Common
towards the Brown Hills.
glance at the watch showed it was 12 o’clock – Tony
time. We stood for a while and listened. I thought I
heard the faint sound of “is~it~time~for~dinner~yet”
but it was just a vulture hovering above. So we pressed
was last out on these hills with Don on another glorious
day that seemed only a year or so ago. I looked it up
on the archive when I got back and eventually tracked
it down on BB0508 – that’s three years ago. Where has
the time gone?
a few miles of steady climbing we turned up by the side
of the wall for the 400 foot slog to the top of Hart
Side. We encountered a bit of snow on the way and the
views over the shoulder of Sheffield Pike to Helvellyn,
Catstycam and Sharp and Swirral Edges were spectacular
Stan climbs towards Hart Side
View across to Catstycam and Hellvellyn
eventally reached the top and decided it was time for
lunch (1:40pm!!). There is a ditch on the top of Hart
Side of some ancient origin which provided an ideal
spot to get out of the light, but cold, wind.
Team Photo on summit of Hart Side
Glencoynedale and Ullswater from Greenside
the top we descended over the shoulder of Greenside
to Nick Head. We could see Glenridding Dodd below us
but on the other side of the valley and with access
requiring us to climb Sheffield Pike to get at it. We
decided against it. If only he’d taken the chance to
nip up and down with me on BB0632!
there it was one of my favourite stretches of track
in the Lakes. The wonderful contour around the head
of Glencoyndale before the delightful descent through
the ancient native trees in Glencoyne Park and back
to the car. A great way to finish an excellent walk.
20th March 2008
(Bryan & Liz)
(Stan & Bryan)
Low Fell / Fellbarrow
Gowbarrow / Hart Side
£5 (DS to AR)
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of the mileages, heights and Lakeland Fells Books Wainwrights see: Wainwrights.
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me know and I will submit them to the adjudication committee!
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Avoiding the Graupel;
Lyth in the Old Dogs; 22 January
: That's Lyth;
: Tony's Memory Lane;
: Fell's Belles! Thank You Mells?
: The Langdale Skyline and a Fell Race!
An Outbreak of Common Sense;
Askham Fell and the Lowther Estate;
: Thanks to the MWIS
19th March 2008
: High Street and Kidsty Pike but no Fairy
: Prelude to Spring
2nd April 2008
: Spring in Lakeland
6th April 2008
Wet, Wet Sleddale to Mosedale Cottage
10th April 2008
: What's It All About, Tony?
17th April 2008
: The Hidden Mountain
22nd April 2008
: The Bowland CROW
1st May 2008
: High Cup Nick:
The Gurt La'al Canyon
7th May 2008
: Travelling Light
14th May 2008
BskiB08 : Bootski Boys in the Sella Ronda
23rd February - 1st March
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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
download the Excel file click on Wainwrights.
anyone wants to claim other peaks, please let me know
and I will submit them to the adjudication committee!
This page describes an 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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