: A Too Short Walk!
17th December 2009
readers of this blog may recall that one
reason that Philip has not been seen out
with us on the fells lately is that he was
in training for a 10 kilometre charity run.
fact, it was the Great Langdale Christmas
Pudding race for which he had entered, a
real road race with real runners that took
place last Saturday.
proved that he is no Christmas Pudding,
posting a very creditable time of just under
Not at all bad for someone
of his age.
It pains me to say, but
he did the 10K quicker
than I could have done it twenty five years
ago, never mind in my sixties!
chosen charity is the Lancaster
Royal Grammar School scholarship fund,
which he is helping to establish in order to assist able and gifted boys at the School from families with restricted means, where they are
successful in securing places at Exeter College, Oxford.
he is still recovering from the effort as he wasn't
with us again today!
planning was quite a challenge. Short days mean
no great distance can be travelled (especially as Pete
is driving up from Cheshire first). The weather
forecast was predicting easterly winds of 50 mph on
the tops with a wind chill factor of -18o
C, plus snow and potentially blizzards on the eastern
hills. I was therefore quietly congratulating
myself that despite the constraints I had found an area
only 12 miles away that neither Stan or Bryan had climbed
before. I was also even more quietly congratulating
myself that it would secure another objective, the 1,671
feet of ascent that I needed to top 100k BOOTboys
feet of ascent for the year.
target was Bethecar Moor, the lowish hills that guard
the southern end of the eastern flank of Coniston Water.
was a lovely day as we drove to Oxen Park but we could
see heavy clouds doing some serious business over the
central Lake District.
passed a charmingly different Christmas decoration near
Bouth. Perhaps it was inspired by the floods?
There was also a cycling flowerpot man!
decoration, Bouth style
cycling flowerpot man
Park Post Box
on foot, we noticed something that Tony
would have loved to have seen- a very different
route lay across tracks and paths to Low
Bethecar. We were having a little difficulty
identifying the right path to Arnsbarrow
was relieved that it had gone dark- he reckons
Bryan can only navigate accurately in bad
visibility- but the reason for the darkness
was that it was starting to snow. Lightly
at first and then it began to stick. That
was not in the plan! The snow was supposed
to be thirty miles to the west of us. Fortunately
it didn't last long.
back to to Morecambe Bay
Hill and then Tarn successfully negotiated, we reached
the high point of the day- Top o'Selside, a lofty 1,099
feet with excellent views over the Coniston Fells.
o'Selside from Arnsbarrow Hill, Coniston Water and Coniston
was now bright sunshine so we found a rock behind which
to shelter from the bitter wind and take lunch just
after noon. However, another flurry set in and
Stan was anxious to be off. It was too cold to
linger. The Coniston Fells temporarily vanished in a white out.
We headed north east to join the track that dropped
into Grizedale Forest.
north from Top o'Selside, Grizedale Forest to the right
Fells after their dusting
in forestly land is often a challenge as the wooded
areas don't necessarily any longer correspond to what
is shown on the map, nor do the forest trails. However
we achieved the intended route south to emerge two miles
later into increasingly brilliant sunshine near Force
from Grizedale Forest
Man checks his wires aren't crossed
Corker Lane we saw a man leaning over his theodolite
for no apparent reason. It was, he told us, because
the overhead electricity cable was thought to be dangerously
near to the telephone wires and he had been sent to
check it out.
afterwards, we found the track that led us all the way
back to Oxen Park.
Sun over Bethecar Moor
was an interesting, lowish walk with new
scenery and excellent views; it more or
less achieved the objective of keeping us
away from the worst of the weather.
I failed in my 100k objective.
remain 142 feet short of the target.
couldn't understand where the missing feet
had gone. Then I checked the planned
route against the actual recorded track
and realised it was mostly due to the short cut that Bryan
had advocated to by-pass High Bethecar.
was a too short walk! A miserly one hundred and forty two vertical
feet too short! If the weather is bad next week,
we might just have to go up and down our stairs a few
John S, whose roots are in Donegal, would like you to
see this video of the Duxford Dads and
Ballad of Donegal.
He suggests this is an example of how BOOTboys
blog really ought to be done.
for such a magnificent compilation, I couldn't find
any other reference to the Duxford Dads on Google except
for one bloke who mentioned he was a member of the Duxford
Dads Extreme Sports Club. Guiness drinking, presumably.
17th December 2009
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Hill, Top o'Selside
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: It's not a W!
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: Dear Mrs Scroggins
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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
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