: The Gale Force Choice
do you do when the forecast is for gale force winds,
gusting to 70 mph and making walking conditions extremely
visit Sallows and Sour Howes.
with the challenge of finding something interesting
but lower and less exposed, I pondered over the map
and realised that I hadn’t been there since 2005 (on
to be precise). There had been another BOOTboys visit,
but I was missing on that occasion. When I checked
the reports, on both outings gales of 50 mph had been
forecast. So at least we are consistent. Or
was circumstances rather than wind that blew away our
companions so the COMITIBUS
count this week was severely reduced. Thanks to
all the Latin scholars who answered the plea last week
for a definition of Comitibus. The consensus is
that it refers to friends or colleagues or companions
or comrades. Not, as one wag put it, a vehicle
designed to take people to a meeting.
puzzles me is the ending. I always thought that
“us” is singular whilst “i” is plural although I had
never realised the verbal paradox involved- no doubt
it is a standard joke amongst first year students. Or
maybe it is just wrong. Anyway I am happy with
my interpretation of “Companions of the BOOT”. This
week that meant just Stan and me.
visits to Sallows and Sour Howes had been from the south
via the Dubbs reservoir. However, it seemed to
me that there was a better walk to be enjoyed starting
from Kentmere, going up the Garburn Pass and then, after
Sour Howes, dropping back down to the valley where if
the weather was awful we could escape up by the river
back to the car and if it should be decent we could
visit Skeggles Water and / or Hollow Moor, even taking
in Brunt Knott if we were really adventurous. A
sort of mirror image of the famous Kentmere Horseshoe.
far up the Kentmere Valley, we noticed a number of vehicles
pulled into the side of the road and we were flagged
down by a refuse collector. He said that there
was an abandoned car blocking the carriageway and there
was no way we could get through for another hour at
least so best to turn round and go somewhere else.
nothing else, I thought this must be a photo opportunity
and, sure enough, there in the middle of the road was
an abandoned car, with its tax disc two years out of
date and its left front wheel totally collapsed. It
had obviously hit the banking, wrecked the track rods
and the driver had done a runner.
car blocking road...
were, by now, enough held-up onlookers to take matters
into their own hands and move the offending vehicle
out of the way, so we set to and leant a hand. In
Stan’s case, the hand was on the steering wheel. It
was only after the vehicle had been manhandled to the
side of the road that he realised that he had left his
DNA in the most incriminating place. I did offer
to run him down to the local police station so he could
have his DNA eliminated but the thought of having it
on the register for 12 years caused him to think twice.
Personally, I can’t see why any law-abiding citizen
should worry about having their DNA on a central register.
Indeed, I think there is a good argument that
it should be made a precondition for anybody who wants
to enjoy the benefits that the state provides- hospitals,
schools, benefits etc. How else can you prove
indisputably who you are? Collecting it at birth seems
a good idea to me!
the car out of the way, we soon reached the village
institute at Kentmere and paid our voluntary £1
to park. It was a grey day as we set off up the
Garburn Pass and the wind ferocity increased as we climbed.
from the Garburn Pass
first effort to stand on the top of Sallows was a failure-
I was blown back off. Stan did better. Just.
battles with the wind on Sallows
down towards the valley, quite satisfied
with our fairly rapid progress in knocking
off the two peaks, we decided to take an
early first lunch (Tony: 11:30 !!!!!) sheltered
from the wind by a convenient wall.
we battled with the wind whilst heading
round to Sour Howes, it also threatened
to rain. Fortunately, it was not a
serious attempt and behind the shower came
Stan and Don
back to Sour Howes and Sallows
across to Hollow Moor
down we came across what the estate agents would no
doubt call a “bijou residence”. An old one roomed
house, complete with the remains of a range type fireplace.
in need of some restoration
still, there was an attractive farmhouse with a horse
that took a shine to Stan who was very worried that
it might be after his apple.
crossed the valley and headed up the bridle path towards
Longsleddale. This led through a dark pine forest
then out onto the fell where there was evidence of some
rather large vehicles having been churning up the ground.
Some deforstation had been taking place.
Howes and Sallows to the left, Hollow Moor ahead
objective was Hollow Moor but first we took in Rasp
Howe from where we had a good view of Skeggles Water,
which we had almost visited on BB0709
when we circled but did not climb Hollow Moor due to
it being a very wet day. This time Hollow Moor
succumbed and offered a fine view of the upper Kentmere
taking great care!
the way down, we had to negotiate a barbed wire fence
over which some kind soul had put plumber’s pipe insulation.
This almost protected one’s nether zones from
attack. Once again we found a convenient wall behind
which to shelter in the sunshine. Second lunch was taken.
reaching the car, we decided to have a look
I have often derided the building as one
of Lakeland’s ugliest churches but I cannot
extend that criticism to the interior.
seemed surprisingly broad, simple but greatly
enhanced by the array of brightly decorated
kneeler cushions propped on the pew backs.
to Kendal, there was no sign of the abandoned
vehicle that had nearly prevented us from
undertaking this novel circuit. Next
time, let’s do it on a fine, still day!
7th May 2009
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7th May 2009
Howe, Hollow Moor
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: A Gordon Day Out
: Thank You,
Wednesday 14th January
: A Wicked Hike???
: Take a Mug With You
: Down in the Forest
: Not How But Where?
: Binsey Can Wait
(but Uncle Monty Can Not)
Thursday 12th February
: Badgers on the Line
: It's not a W!
: Up on the Roof
: Not the Blisco Dashers
Thursday 2nd April
: John's Comeback
Monday 6th April
: Two Churches, a Pulpit and a Cherry Picker
: Companions of the BOOT
: The Gale Force Choice
: The Comeback Continues
28th May - 2nd June
: Has Anyone Seen Lily?
Feet on the Greenburn Horseshoe
- BB0921 :
The Tebay Fell Race Walk
: For England and St George
: The Coniston Outliers
Friday 31st July
: Little To Be Said In Favour?
: The Third Night of the Rescue
: Long Wet Windy Monty Bothy Fun?
: Dear Mrs Scroggins
Friday 11th September
: An Ard Day's Hike
Thursday 17th September
A Canter of Convalescents?
International Autumnal Expedition
Sunday 27th September
- BB0931 : A Bit of an Adventure
Thursday 1st October
- BB0932 : Paths of Glory?
Thursday 8th October
: When Yorkshire Was Welsh
- BB0934 : Unlocking the Whinlatters
Thursday 22nd October
: A Tale of Crinkley Bottoms
: Aye Up What?
: Where Eagles Wade
: After the Floods
: The Mystery of the Missing Glove
: A Too Short Walk
: One Hundred and Onesfell
: Back to the Beginning
: BOOTskiboys in Saalbach
- 21st March
: Los Chicos
y las Chicas de la Bota
11th - 14th May
: Peaked Too Soon
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