BB0929 : A Canter of Convalescents?
Thursday 24th September 2009

With 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 Trail.

I had asked for a "gentle stroll" and was offered a choice of three which included Ingleborough

Now 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!

I’ve had one go at it before but the map readers went wrong (not me - I was 50 yards behind) and we ended up on Whernside (BB0507). The Fit Fast Three did it a year later (BB0601).

Tony 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

Ingleborough, 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!

We 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 might be?

"A Canter??"  mused I.

"Don’t be daft!"‘ came the response from Tony, "Say it as it is –we’re crocks, not convalescents".  

Bryan 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.

The uninteresting Fell Lane

We agreed (that it would be unfair).

If Fell Lane is uninteresting, the open aspect to Crina Bottom and onwards is super - and there was even washing for Margaret.

Crina Bottom and onwards....

..... plus washing for Margaret

At 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 were essential.

A viewing stop!

Comitibus: Ingleborough

The 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.

Scenic team photo

On 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.

Cloud 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.

Bit 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.

I 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 walk".

The magnificent view

I 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

John, 24th September 2009

PS Bryan used to run up and down in 65 mins!  It took us 4 hours 31 minutes.

PPS 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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Thursday 24th September 2009


6.6 miles

Height climbed:

1,906 feet




Bryan, John, Tony

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2009 Outings

  • BB0901 : A Gordon Day Out
    Thursday 8th January
  • BB0902 : Thank You,
    Aunty Ethel!
    Wednesday 14th January 
  • BB0903 : A Wicked Hike???
    Wednesday 21st January
  • BB0904 : Take a Mug With You
    Sunday 25th January
  • BB0905 : Down in the Forest
    Thursday 29th January
  • BB0906 : Not How But Where?
    Thursday 5th February
  • BB0907 : Binsey Can Wait
    (but Uncle Monty Can Not)
    Thursday 12th February
  • BB0908 : Badgers on the Line
    Thursday 5th March
  • BB0909 : It's not a W!
    Thursday 12th March
  • BB0910 : Up on the Roof
    Thursday 26th March
  • BB0911 : Not the Blisco Dashers
    Thursday 2nd April
  • BB0912 : John's Comeback
    Monday 6th April
  • BB0913 : Two Churches, a Pulpit and a Cherry Picker
    Thursday, 23rd April
  • BB0914 : Companions of the BOOT
    Thursday 30th April
  • BB0915 : The Gale Force Choice
    Thursday 7th May
  • BB0916 : The Comeback Continues
    Thursday 21st May
  • BB0917 : BOOTboys Encore !
    28th May - 2nd June
  • BB0918 : Hello Dollywagon
    Thursday 11th June
  • BB0919 : Has Anyone Seen Lily?
    Thursday 18th June
  • BB0920 : Ancient Feet on the Greenburn Horseshoe
    Thursday 25th June
  • BB0921 : The Tebay Fell Race Walk
    Thursday 2nd July
  • BB0922 : For England and St George 
    Thursday 9th July
  • BB0923 : The Coniston Outliers
    Friday 31st July
  • BB0924 : Little To Be Said In Favour?
    Thursday 6th August
  • BB0925 : The Third Night of the Rescue 
    Thursday 13th August
  • BB0926 : Long Wet Windy Monty Bothy Fun?
    Thursday 20th August
  • BB0927 : Dear Mrs Scroggins
    Friday 11th September
  • BB0928 : An Ard Day's Hike
    Thursday 17th September
  • BB0929 : A Canter of Convalescents?
    Thursday 24th September
  • BB0930 : BOOTboys International Autumnal Expedition
    Wednesday 23rd to
    Sunday 27th September
  • BB0931 : A Bit of an Adventure
    Thursday 1st October
  • BB0932 : Paths of Glory?
    Thursday 8th October
  • BB0933 : When Yorkshire Was Welsh
    Wednesday 14th October
  • BB0934 : Unlocking the Whinlatters
    Thursday 22nd October
  • BB0935 : A Tale of Crinkley Bottoms
    hursday 5th November
  • BB0936 : Aye Up What?
    hursday 12th November
  • BB0937 : Where Eagles Wade
    Tuesday 17th November
  • BB0938 : After the Floods
    Thursday 26th November
  • BB0939 : The Mystery of the Missing Glove
    Thursday 10th December
  • BB0940 : A Too Short Walk
    Thursday 17th December
  • BB0941 : One Hundred and Onesfell
    Tuesday 29th December



  • BH0901 : Back to the Beginning 
    Thursday 13th August
  • BSKIB09 : BOOTskiboys in Saalbach
    14th - 21st March
  • BB09XX : Los Chicos y las Chicas de la Bota
    11th - 14th May
  • BB09Bav01 : Peaked Too Soon
    1st September



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