: Prelude to Spring
2nd April 2008
the successful completion of the “That’s Lyth” Challenge
Walk (see BB0803),
I sensed that Stan and Don were champing at the bit
to have a go at another one. So I entered the three
of us for the “Spring in Lakeland” event, a 22 miler
starting in Ambleside at 8 a.m. next Sunday.
probably only fair to say at this point that I had done
the entries without actually confirming that Stan and
Don wanted to do it, so as to make the decision a little
easier for them!
Stan’s case this was a good decision as he had been
developing a number of ailments, as well as tasks to
be done, in preparation for being “unavailable” that
weekend! But, come the crunch, he’s
not a man to wimp out of a challenge so, with the MWIS
forecast suggesting low cloud on the tops, we opted
to get some low level miles in as preparation.
was away doing his warm weather training; whilst Tony
was away in Edinburgh doing his own form of training
around the pubs of that city; so Stan and I went to
knock off a couple of his un-done Wainwrights and at
the same time recce part of the coming weekend’s challenge.
parked up at the National Trust Car Park just beyond
Yew Tree Tarn on the Coniston road where, annoyingly,
we had to pay because I had forgotten to put this year’s
National Trust sticker in the windscreen.
headed off up by the pleasant waterfalls to reach Tarn
Hows where we encountered the usual proliferation of
friendly tourists. From there we headed north along
the lakeshore before heading up to Black Crag, the day’s
on Black Crag summit
Black Crag we made our way back on to Sunday’s route
and picked up the Cumbria Way into Skelwith Bridge.
Having left the tourists behind at Tarn Hows we met
up with lots more of them on the next section to Elterwater.
Although it felt a little like walking through a city
park, such thoughts were diminished by the magnificent
views and particularly the stunning reflection of the
Langdale Pikes in the tarn.
Although I’m sure Graham
would do it greater justice than my "point and
click" efforts, for me it still provides a reminder
of a lovely view.
Langdale Pikes reflected in Elterwater
Langdale from the Burlington Slate
one advantage of heavily touristed spots is that there
are often facilities. Today it was a proper seat to
sit and have our lunch whilst admiring the views. Tony,
FYI – lunch was taken at 1 p.m., although Stan did
feel his first hunger pang at 12 noon on the dot!
Elterwater we headed up through the spoil heaps of the
Burlington Slate quarries. The views of Langdale from
amongst the works was a lot different to those across
the Tarn and yet in its way it was just as interesting
crossed the shoulder of Lingmoor Fell we headed down
into the peaceful valley of Little Langdale
Stan on the way down into Little Langdale
Pike O’ Stickle seen across Little
now time was marching on and our final hill still seemed
a long way away so, after a stop for Stan to treat a
potential blister, we pressed on up a short but steep
climb (done steadily in true John L style so as the
appreciate the fine views back to Pike O’Stickle!) before
reaching the farm at High Tilberthwaite.
this point we had a choice – wimp out and follow the
road back to the car thus missing the Wainwright (and
500 feet of climb!) or go down and then over the top.
Stan’s a tough lad so over the top it was. Surprisingly
the climb wasn’t as bad as we expected and the top of
Holme Fell was soon reached.
anyone who hasn’t been up there it’s well worth the
trip - a lovely undulating top with a big slab of rock
forming the summit and splendid views all around. In
bad weather (BB0602)
it’s probably not so good however!
Stan approaching the top of Holme Fell
Team Photo on summit of Holme Fell
simple descent from Uskdale Gap returned us to the car
to complete our Prelude to Spring (in Lakeland).
2nd April 2008
Crag, Holme Fell
£5 (DS to AR)
(SG to BH)
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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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been done by which Bootboy
in the "modern" era, i.e. since the advent
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and I will submit them to the adjudication committee!
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