: Looking for Lily
18th June 2009
an update for Withnail fans (topical as Sunday
Times gave away the film last week). The sale
of Uncle Monty’s Country Cottage (see BB0907),
a.k.a. Sleddale Hall, has fallen through. It seems
as if the purchaser’s bankers didn’t share his vision
for the potential success of this isolated cottage as
a visitor centre. Now, there’s a surprise! See
Maybe Kate Moss will be in with a second chance!
On to today’s adventure. Options were limited
by the forecast of severe buffeting by 60 mph gales
on the tops coupled with the prospect of showers, heavy
in the afternoon. A day to stay low.
decided to go to the Sedbergh area, or to be more accurate,
I persuaded Stan and Pete that it would be a good idea.
I had an ulterior motive. There is a tarn
that I have seen on the map but never managed even to
glimpse from the road down to Sedbergh. Its name
is Lily Mere and it seemed that it should be visible
from a footpath that passed just to the south.
parked at Bridge End- this is where the road from Kendal
passes over the River Lune before reaching Sedbergh.
In Jamie’s time there, this used to be a favourite place
for the boys to go in the evenings, swimming or canoeing.
Sedbergh School is now co-ed but judging
by the pink knickers abandoned on the river bank it
is still a favourite place for the boys to go!
followed the Dales Way south, through fields of meadow
flowers then the attractive farm yard of Luneside
with its decorated grinding wheel and kid goats, crossing
the river at the first opportunity.
meadow flower field with Winder behind
floral griding wheel
nearly missed the view up-stream, so busy was I consulting
the map. Perhaps I should have consulted a little
harder as not long afterwards we had a slight navigational
mishap that led us through a field with an enormous
bull who took a close interest in us but, fortunately,
even more in his heifers. After escaping over
a rusty barbed wire we discovered the path we should
next departure from the path was more as a result of what
should have been
the obvious route being obscured by a pack of alpacas
(if pack is the correct collective noun- it certainly
sounds right). Not having the 1:25k map for this area
meant that rather more guess work than usual was needed.
we passed through the Greenholme yard, the forecast
rain started so we donned the bad weather gear. Fortunately,
however, it was only light and hardly worth the worry!
We climbed up onto the open moorland and took
a deliberate departure from the path to climb a small,
unnamed knoll. I had hoped to get a first sight
of Lily Mere but it was not to be.
going was hard work in tufty heather but we pressed
on to the path that on the map skirts Lily Mere but
in reality skirts a dense plantation of conifers plus
extensive fencing and signs saying “Private”, all of
which succeed in frustrating prying eyes. Once
or twice, a glimpse of water could be seen but nothing
had to make do with Killington Reservoir. To be
fair, it made a good place to take lunch- there was
a strong wind blowing but it was not cold and the rain
was still holding off.
thought there might be an opportunity to see Lily Mere
from the road but the contours were wrong.
deep in heather
crossed the main Kendal to Sedbergh road
and made for Firbank Fell. The map shows
a track all the way across the fell but
it soon vanished on the ground. We were
back on even tuftier heather than before.
took out the gps to check that what I thought
was the highest point was indeed so. However,
I couldn’t find the gps reference on the
map. Then I realised, it was still
set to the French system. Once reset,
it confirmed that my conclusion was right
and we claimed the summit.
view from Firbank Fell
map suggested there was a path down to the Lune and
we soon found a gate into a field which looked as if
it had been turned into a paradise for trials bikers
with trails laid out with orange and white markers.
This was because that is exactly what it is. It
is the land purchased by the Westmorland Motor Club
in 1994 so that it could hold its events well away from
Westmorland Motor Club trials
crossed a road, from which, in the distance, we could see Fox’s
Pulpit where Tony had preached to rather less than George
Fox (see BB0913).
down towards the valley, there was a good view of the
Howgills and a convenient post for a team photo. We
reached another field of meadow flowers and, just as
I said “This is much more even ground,” Pete put his
foot down a hole and damn near wrenched his ankle. I
was told in no uncertain terms not to make any more
was a footbridge across the River Lune and,
this time, I noticed and admired the views
both up and down stream.
rejoined the Dales Way a little above the
river and after only one more minor navigational
hiccup caused by lack of attention, reached
the magnificent small viaduct for the now
Valley railway line.
debated how old the viaduct might be.
to the excellent Visit
site, it was built in 1857-61.
here it was a short stroll along the river, where we
could hear but not see kingfishers, back to the car.
It had been an interesting walk over a variety
of terrains in far better than expected weather, the
only disappointment being having no clear sight of Lily
Mere. Consequently, on reaching home, I jumped
into my Googlecopter and took a photograph of what its
proud owners don’t want you to see. Here it is:
Lily Mere. As ever, click for an enlargement.
18th June 2009
I've Seen Lily
original working title of BB0919
Looking for Lily
was "Has anyone seen Lily?" and it was under
that heading that I distributed to those on the e-mailing
list the alert about the report. It elicited two
was from Roger T who said "In
response to the question in the title of the latest
yes I have. However it was in excess of 50 years
ago! It was during my schooldays at the original
Holme Park when Nick’s father was in charge. For
a short while we had a student teacher called Mr Williams
whose parents used to live at Lilymere and we were taken
for a walk around the pond. I can’t remember too many
details about it. I can also remember skating
there during a cold spell but couldn’t tell you which
scond response was from local architect Ian G who informed
me that he knew it well as he designed the replacement
house for the owner plus the adjacent gamekeeper's cottage.
However, out of respect for the owner's privacy,
he could not send before and after photos!
short of a bit of rural incursion, that's about as close
as we are likely to get!
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18th June 2009
Fell, Lily Mere, Killington Lake
you have Memory Map on your computer, you can follow
our route in detail by downloading BB0919.
G advises: "For those who like to look at your
meanderings but use Tracklogs or other software then
your logs can be converted using the freeware utility
For the latest totals
of the mileages, heights and Lakeland Fells Books Wainwrights see: Wainwrights.
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: 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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anyone wants to claim other peaks, please let me know
and I will submit them to the adjudication committee!