: The Third Night of the Rescue
13th August 2009
you ever "Googled" your own name? The
last time I did I picked up the following, rather disturbing
for me at least, the item referred to a namesake but
it is an inevitable consequence of our advancing years
that increasingly the chat on our walks relates to colleagues
who are no longer with us.
In that vein, it
sadness that I have to record the passing of a BOOTboys
afficianado, David Griffin.
was a lovely man with a great sense of humour. He
used to live in Kendal but moved to the Cotswolds many
years ago, following which, distance and subsequent ill
health prevented him from getting out into the Lakeland
The blog of our exploits reminded him of happy
days long gone and he was a keen virtual companion.
last time I saw David, he told me he was planning to
write a play about the BOOTboys.
I laughed when he told me the opening line:
It was the third
night of the rescue.
Sadly, we will never
know the rest of the story.
those who knew you will miss you and this
blog is dedicated to your memory.
fact rescue was something, the need thereof we were
anxious to avoid today. Tony had found last week's
a little more challenging than he would have preferred
for his comeback and requested a softer excursion. I
checked the spreadsheet and noted that neither he nor
Pete had been up Holme Fell and Black Fell whch together
would make a relatively easy but worthwhile round trip
incorporating Tarn Hows. The forecast was much
better than when Bryan and I had been there on a foul
day with limited visibility. My closing comment
assures me that, in the right conditions, the views
are superb. I certainly intend to try it again
one sunny day."
was to be that day. Indeed, it threatened to be
a glorious day.
parked near Glen Mary Bridge and crossed over to the
once owned by Beatrix Potter and used as Hill Top in
climb up to Uskdale Gap is quite steep but relatively
short and then there is a pleasant scramble over heather
and rock firstly to the false summit with its large
cairn followed by the true summit where there were a
lot of pesky flying ants.
appear at Uskdale Gap
heathered approach to the false summit
Fell true summit with Wetherlam behind
headed north to the Hodge Close quarries and, en-route,
Stan couldn't believe his luck- he found a tenner on
200 year old slate quarry with its lake is scary. There are
lots of warning notices about steep drops. Memory
Map shows the sheer drop as being around 120 feet and
it would not surprise me if it were more.
Hodge Close quarry
Hodge Close quarry with cave
can see a cave with a bit of old railway tipping into
the lake. Wainwright suggested that this was accessible
from the next quarry, further to the north. My
first attempt at finding it took us in a circle back
to the quarry top so we stopped for lunch and a better
perusal of the map.
second attempt took us down a path that
reminded me of a Cretan Gorge, tree lined
but rocky, steep and narrow with towering
the bottom was an arched cutting through
the rock and through it could be seen the
lake of the other quarry.
scrambled around here for a while; Stan
watched the climbers and reminisced about
his first abseiling experience down the
"Cretan Gorge" arch
of rock climbers
along the quaary pool
into the "gorge"
up to the track, we then passed High Oxen Fell with
washing then another cottage with washing. The
boys insisted I photographed them for Margaret!
the fields to Bowfell
was a good view of Bowfell from the road and also of
the root system of a large fallen tree. After
crossing the Coniston Road,we and joined a bridle path
that eventually offered us the ascent of Black Fell.
is an excellent viewpoint. It was not the day
it had been but the air quality was superb enabling
even Blackpool Tower to be glimpsed. I think!
Fell 360 degree panorama
Black Fell pepperpot cairn
could see a nearby pepperpot of a cairn
on a slightly lower bump which needed investigating.
It provided a good resting place for
a second lunch and a long relaxing stop,
discussing funerals and other uplifting
twenty five minutes later we retraced our
steps to the bridle path then made our way
round to Tarn Hows. It might be man
made, it might be untypical of the Lake
District but it is a magnificent achievement
and no wonder it is always busy.
Hows with Black Fell just in sight behind
sat down by the tarn and lay out in the sun. Stan was
worried that we were going to be there for the duration
so cracked the whip to force us down the waterfalls
path to the car. Slave driver!
the statistics suggest that this was almost the same
length as last week and rather more climbing, it felt
a much easier walk- mainly because the ground underfoot
was much less challenging. Tony was, indeed all of us
were, in good shape and we had enjoyed the varied scenery.
drive home was enlivened by being behind a very strange
vehicle for several miles. It look amphibious
with its chamfered cab and high body line. Being
the size of a small lorry, it had great problems in
getting past oncoming vehicles in the narrow lanes.
There were three sets of wheels and no apparent
means of steering other than making the outside wheels
spin faster than those on the inside. When it
finally turned off at a tight roundabout, it seemed
as if its front two sets of wheels were turning slightly
in one direction whilst the rear wheels turned in opposition
to create a curve.
for the rescue?????
this the vehicle David had commissioned for the
rescue in the BOOTboys
as if it could prove useful for plunging into
otherwise inaccessible lakes.
goodness it wasn't needed.
13th August 2009
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