: The Northern Tip
29th May 2008
goodness for people who have an eye for detail. Enthused
by our successful use of bus passes last week, I had
a cunning plan that would enable Tony to make
big inroads into his Eastern Fells deficit. We
would ditch the car at Windermere, take the bus to Ambleside,
cross the high fells to Patterdale and catch the bus
back to Windermere. Fortunately Bryan had the
good sense to read the small print. He was therefore
able to warn us that the wait for the return bus might
be rather too long as until 21st July it only ran at
revised plan switched attention to a couple of the remoter
peaks in the Northern Fells- Carrock Fell and High Pike.
No bus but a rather long drive, not that it is
any great hardship driving up via Keswick to the upper
right hand side of the Northern Fells
at this time of
year. Especially as the weather had still not
really broken and a decent day was expected.
stop was at Mungrisedale's
lovely little St
Kentigern's Church with its triple decker
pulpit and variety of embroidered kneelers. Kentigern,
it seems, was the Bishop of Glasgow in the sixth centruy.
I didn't even know there was a Glasgow in the
sixth century, never mind a Kentigern.
parked near Stone Ends Farm and intended to take the
gently meandering footpath up the hill. However
the route on the map was replaced on the ground by a
rather steeper path that took the direct ascent alongside
a fortunately dry Further Gill.
was a fairly severe pull but the redeeming
feature was that a youth of less than half
our age was making much heavier weather
of it than us!
Tony, with the residue of eight pints of
lager still in his system yet looking like
an Italian tank commander, was climbing
faster, after a bit of encouragement from
the singing of my climbing song "Guide
me, O Thou Great Redeemer".
you, Bryan is getting worried that with
church visits and hymn singing, BOOTboys
walks are becoming more like Sunday School
Ryan emerges from the climb
had a geography lesson en route. The area contains
a considerable amount of Gabbro. I thought it
was called Gabro and I was disappointed to discover
this was not the case as it somewhat spoilt my silly
did the Gabro rock say?"
“I want to be anole!”
Say it out loud- a knoll- anole- alone- Gabro-
it amused me.
is the plutonic equivalent of basalt, if that makes
you any the wiser?
It didn’t me, either! Seemingly it is rare
in the UK other than in the Cuilins on Skye. Of
more practical concern, it hurts if you fall on it-
it is rough and cuts you up!
the top of Carrock Fell there is, according
to the map, a fort.
exploration, we came to the conclusion that
the whole of the top was the fort as there
was a lot of piled up stones that could
well have made a decent defensive wall hundreds
of years ago.
other than a sheepfold, there is no obvious
sign now of any building as such.
is however an interesting panoramic view.
Carrock Fell fort walls?
panorama from Carrock Fell- click on photo for detail
was an easy stroll from there over Miton Hill to High
Pike where we felt as if we were right on the northern
tip of the Lake District. However, perhaps we ought
to have gone to Great Lingy Hill first. Bryan
had wanted to inspect the bothy and had promised Tony
lunch there. But Stan and I were a little ahead
and were not aware of this aspect. So when Tony
reached High Pike he insisted on eating there and then,
which was fine by me. There was a very decent
wind shelter nearby. There was also, at the summit,
a slate memorial seat looking out to the west. Just
right for a team photo. Pity the result looks
like four poofs and a park bench!
picture. Not four poofs and a park bench!
Great Lingy Fell hen hut bothy
retraced our steps somewhat and on reaching the Cumbria
Way Higher Level Route headed south to find the Great
Lingy Hill bothy, which looked rather more like a hen
hut. There were good views down Grainsgill Beck
and over to Blencathra.
view down Grainsgill Beck from the hen hut bothy
offered Tony the option of an extension to Mungrisedale
Common but he had learned from BB0818
and declined the extra 5 miles and 1,500 feet, preferring
to return another day.
then headed back up the Cumbria Way to drop down by
the workings of the disused Driggeth Mine but we could
not work out for what they had been mining. Later Bryan
discovered it had been for tungsten.
Carrock Beck we had a coffee break in the sun and then
strolled across the bog back to the road where there
was a large group of fell ponies.
we returned to the car Great Mell stood proudly across
the plain on the
Mell on horizon
was a rather gentler outing than last week, as required
by Tony as part of his training for Scafell in a few
29th May 2008
Bryan has found this link that tells more about
the geology and history of Carrock
Fell, High Pike
you have Memory Map on your computer, you can follow
our route in detail by downloading BB0819.
For the latest totals
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
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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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!
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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
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