22nd May 2008
year there is a period in April or May when the weather
in the Lake District seems perversely better than in
the rest of the UK. Sometimes that period only
lasts a day or two and then the norm reverts. In
other years it can last a couple of weeks before retribution
sets in. This year we have enjoyed a long period
of settled weather in May that has not only been considerably
better than the south of England, it has even been superior to that experienced in the Mediterranean!
was partly in anticipation of the weather at last breaking
that we decided on an early start. However other
considerations decreed that the start could not be too
early. In fact we timed our arrival at the New
Dungeon Ghyll Hotel to perfection- just in time for
the 9:30 bus- the significance of 9:30 being that any
earlier and our old folk’s bus passes would not be eligible
for free transport. Indeed I don’t think the bus
driver took any money at all on that run, everyone who
got on was waving their NoW card, as the bus pass is
It really was Pensioners’ Day Out.
three sprightly oldies, Tony, Stan and I, alighted at
Chapel Stile, not really feeling anywhere near old enough
to warrant zero cost public transport but happy to have
taken a freebie from Gordon Brown. We were taking
advantage of young Bryan’s absence on a Monro-fest to
do a round up of Tony’s unfinished Central Fells for
another Alfie award. First stop, however, was to snap
some washing for Margaret! It was a beautiful
drying day though there was quite a noise coming from
of Mags Gill with noisy quarries behind
climbed the footpath on the west side of Mags Gill.
A couple from Henley-on-Thames kindly stood by
to allow us to pass, warning that where we crossed the
ravine was not a good place for those with vertigo!
Tony and I trembled but pressed on. Actually
it was not that bad. A short bit of exposure but
a good enough path. Just focus and keep moving.
quickly reached the summit that wasn't Silver How and
then one that was. Tony looked down into the valley
and waxed lyrical about how much he liked Langdale.
Unfortunately he was looking at Grasmere. Tony,
it’s behind you!
the Silver How summit!
and Rydal from Silver How
contrast, it was a long haul to Blea Rigg. The
views were grand, if a little hazy.
from near Silver How
route went past many a small tarn, one offering an
interesting reflection of Lang How. As we neared
Blea Rigg, Stickle Tarn came into view and North Rake
could be seen very clearly, as on the other side, could
Codale and Easedale tarns.
Stickle and Pavey Ark with North Rake
and Easedale Tarns
nearing Blea Rigg summit
atop Blea Rigg, Sergeant Man to the right
Tony’s dining requirements were getting serious. We
managed to persuade him that it was only a short haul
to Sergeant Man and there we took lunch, watched over
by a greedy beady-eyed raven, anxious to swoop on any
greedy beady-eyed raven
Raise Team picture
target was High Raise and was easily accomplished. Here,
however, we had a dilemma. The clouds were gathering
to the southwest and Ullscarf was a two mile trek down
and up across Greenup Edger.
from High Raise
Had we the fitness and
the time to include it and return or would Tony have
to come back another day? We decided to go to
Low White Stones and make a decision there. Señor
Antonio, he say, “Yes!” So we did it.
and co from Greenup Edge
We thought there should be a trig point on the top and
could not find one on any of several potential contenders
(and some no hopers). I had my gps in action and
knew from the readings that we had visited the actual
top so we made our way back.
Raise from Ullscarf
haven’t normally had my gps switched on to track our
walks as Bryan’s is a more up-to-date model with much
greater battery life. I regarded mine as an emergency
weapon. However I had bought some extra long life
rechargeable batteries and a test had suggested that
they should last long enough for a day’s outing and
so I had switched it on at Chapel Stile.
retraced the two miles back to High Raise, meeting on
the way two Norwegian blokes who were asking a couple
who were heading the same way how to find Borrowdale
only to discover that the couple wanted to ask them
how to find Grasmere. Not a map on any of them
and quite clueless.
Stickle and Pike o'Stickle from High Raise
did our citizenly duty, then reclaimed High Raise and
set off for Harrison Stickle, taking in a bonus peak
(not actually needed but only just off the path) of
Thunacar Knott on the way. It was an unusual experience
to have a major Langdale Pike all to ourselves but it
was getting a bit late by now. Tony duly celebrated
the completion of his second Lakeland Fells book.
wins his second Alfie!
Stickle Team Picture
down the steep Dungeon Ghyll, with rather more exposure
than on the ascent of Mags Gill, was a bit of a struggle
for six now tiring legs. The three, no longer
sprightly, old men who reached the car at the bottom
felt that they really were now sufficiently aged to
qualify for their free bus passes. After
all, 13.5 miles and 4,000 feet is a long
way to go for your Horlicks.
22nd May 2008
Howe, Blea Rigg, Sergeant Man, High Raise
(x2), Ullscarf, Thunacar Knott, Harrison
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For the latest totals
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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
22nd May 2008
: The Northern Tip
29th May 2008
: The Bannisdale Horseshoe
Black, White or Grey Combe?
19th June 2008
: Thunder on the 555
3rd July 2008
BskiB08 : Bootski Boys in the Sella Ronda
23rd February - 1st March
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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 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.
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1973 and other odd evenings many years ago!
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