: Aye Up What?
12th November 2009
absolutely ravenous,Ē said Tony suddenly after an uncharacteristically
looked at my watch and smiled. No matter what
problems he might have with his cardio vascular system
or his other ailments, his body clock still functions
perfectly. Exactly on the stroke of noon.
and I didnít make him wait too long. We were not
far from the summit of Aye Gill Pike. The weather was
still strangely sunny but we could see the rain clouds
starting to build up in the distance. Summit,
lunch then escape the fell, was the plan.
might be wondering just where Aye Gill Fell is? Indeed,
I felt quite proud of the fact that I had suggested
a peak that Bryan had never actually been up; despite
the fact it is only 13.3 miles from his bedroom window.
It is the name of the highest point of Rise Hill,
the range that forms the north-eastern flank of Dentdale.
Gill Pike with East Baugh Fell to the left
might also be wondering why there were just the three
of us? Well, we had another good set of excuses
third place is Philip, who seemed to think that our
outing would not be suitable training for a 10k road
race in December. I did suggest that Bryan might
offer him a fell race (although Bryan might have thought
twice since breaking his ribs on his last one on BB0806)
but Philip declined.
second place is Pete, not because his car was sick but
because he has an appointment with an aerial man. No,
not a member of the Cirque Soleil, just someone to sort
out his digital changeover.
the most bizarre excuse of the week (or possibly of
the year) is that of John. In his own words:
assuming the BBs will be out this week, I have to tender
my apologies. The reason is that I have an extensively
bruised, swollen, little toe on my right foot. This
was caused when I was drying myself in the gent's showers
at Castle Gren gym and in lifting my foot to the drop
down seat for the disabled I caught it on the edge of
said drop down seat causing the extensive and painful
injury. I do hope that this is regarded as an acceptable
reason for non attendance and not simply an excuse for
chance, John!! But at least he hasn't got a Crinkley Botttom.
As far as I know.
was a late drop out, due to family illness; a perfectly
week, thanks to the prospect of gales, low
cloud and heavy rain coming in during the afternoon,
instead of chasing Wainwrights on the west
coast, the three remaining
took the soft option and headed just a few
miles east to Sedbergh.
parked in Frostrow Lane and, extensively
clad in Lowe Alpine thanks to their sale
on Tuesday, made our way up the long, fairly
gentle and exceedingly boggy ridge.
Howgills were looking magnificent behind us. In
almost all weathers they are a strangely satisfying
range at which to cast an eye.
takes a call with the Howgills behind
we approached the summit, there was an unusual shaped
Gill Pike summit
Aye Gill Pike
lunch, where we had taken the precaution of donning
our wet weather gear (yes, more Lowe Alpine!) we retraced
our steps for a couple of miles before following a path
down to the valley at Helmside.
noticed some rather unusual gates. They are designed
to be driven over by quad bikes and have a weighted
pulley system to close them automatically afterwards,
rather like a drawbridge. There is also a height
restrictor to stop 4x4 cars sneaking through.
reaching the valley we decided to cross to the other
side and pick up the Dales Way rather then spend too
long on the busier Sedbergh Dent road. This proved
to be a big mistake. It was raining by now but
the fields were already well and truly waterlogged and
had been churned up by cattle. The consequence
was that every third step seemed to sink really deeply
into the mud. Very slow going.
quad bike gate
road on the other side was quiet. And almost impassable
due to flooding. Indeed it more resembled a canal.
tests the depth
Gill Pike in the distance
one stage we feared we might have to ford the river
but then we spotted a bridge.
again, approaching Millthrop
followed the Dales Way (in rather different weather
to that which Margaret and I enjoyed on DW06)
back across the valley, past the lovely Gate Manor and
over the shoulder of the hill to Millthrop from whence
it was another half mile back to the car.
up! Objective achieved. Summitted, Lunched
and Escaped much drier than on BB0935.
I have to say that the bargain Lowe Alpine gear had
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our focus is on the Lakeland fells and the Yorkshire Dales.
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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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