: A Canter of Convalescents?
24th September 2009
two of the Fit Fast Three (Don and Stan) in France,
Bryan (who had opted instead for Leeds United v Liverpool)
volunteered to be carer for the Convalescent Couple
(Tony and Me) and shepherd us on an upgraded Comeback
had asked for a "gentle stroll" and was offered
a choice of three which included Ingleborough
I’ve always fancied Ingleborough - I see it regularly
as I go up and down the A65. It looks like a proper
mountain (at 2,373 feet, it is). It stands tall, majestic,
dominating its environs. Brooding with a just touch
of menace – typically Yorkshire!
had one go at it before but the map readers went wrong
(not me - I was 50 yards behind) and we ended up on
The Fit Fast Three did it a year later (BB0601).
had done it before - years ago with his drinking mates
from Otley - visibility was 15 feet and he walked off
the wrong way ending up in Clapham
it was then, via the rat runs of Kendal to avoid the
congestion caused by Lound Road closure compounded by
the simultaneous resurfacing of Parkside road –good
time to be in France!
started from Storrs Common on the Hawes
road. The beginning - Fell Lane - is uninteresting
so I was musing on what the collective noun
for a group (i.e. >2) of convalescents
Canter??" mused I.
be daft!"‘ came the response from Tony,
"Say it as it is –we’re crocks, not
just growled "This isn’t a canter"
and then went on to say that, as Stan wasn’t
here to defend himself, it would be unfair
to talk about him.
uninteresting Fell Lane
agreed (that it would be unfair).
Fell Lane is uninteresting, the open aspect to Crina
Bottom and onwards is super - and there was even washing
Bottom and onwards....
plus washing for Margaret
that point the summit was in cloud but the forecast
suggested it would lift (in fact it was blown away).
The gentle stroll so far started turning into a mountain
walk and then as Don had found (BB0601)
in the last ½ mile you gain 700ft via a series
of steps –reminiscent of a Via Dolorosa. Viewing stops
summit is a plateau and, boy, oh boy, was the wind biting.
Looking at the forecast I had contemplated wearing shorts;
was I glad I hadn’t? And was I glad that Tony
had a spare pair of gloves? The commitibus photo shows
what it was like.
the summit Wainwright records that there
is evidence of Iron Age huts also that the
Brigantes had built a defensive wall around
the ½ mile circumference but we didn’t
hang about to investigate – it was bad enough
posing for the scenic team photo.
base had lifted to about 2,800 feet – high
enough for the RAF to entertain us with
Tucanos, Hawks and even a Herky – also pairs
of Tornados being bounced by a singleton
in mock dog fights – good stuff – bit noisy
but it didn’t bother the sheep.
schizophrenic about the Stats (below) - both Tony and
I were stretched – when I dropped him off, he said Pat
was away so he was going to have a hot bath then get
into his dressing gown ( !!! ) – I just took Paracetamol,
anti-inflammatory and attacked a bottle of red - but
I was disappointed with the time.
like "The Hill" - great 360 degree views from
the Howgills through the South Lakeland fells, Morecambe
Bay, Pendle Hill and across to neighbouring Pen-y-Ghent.
A great walk for "Recovering Crocks" - gentle
start and fierce finish to the summit - bit short
at 6 miles but you do feel you have done a "proper
would love to do it again - in December with high pressure
giving clear blue skies and a dusting of snow on the
hills showing the magnificent view to perfection
24th September 2009
Bryan used to run up and down in 65 mins! It took
us 4 hours 31 minutes.
Normally Bryan uses the Naismith rule to calculate
projected times. He now has a new formula - the
Ryan/Lyons formula which is allow an hour for every
1.5 miles and 45 mins "scoff and viewing breaks"
for every 1,000 feet of ascent - remarkably accurate
it was too!
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24th September 2009
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: Take a Mug With You
: Down in the Forest
: Not How But Where?
: Binsey Can Wait
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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
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: Two Churches, a Pulpit and a Cherry Picker
: Companions of the BOOT
: The Gale Force Choice
: The Comeback Continues
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- BB0921 :
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: 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
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- BB0931 : A Bit of an Adventure
Thursday 1st October
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Thursday 8th October
: When Yorkshire Was Welsh
- BB0934 : Unlocking the Whinlatters
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: 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
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