Memory Of Thomas Williamson
25th February 2010
was a masterpiece of timing, if not of navigation! With
dire threats of blizzards, white-outs and avalanches
on the higher fells, we thought it prudent to elect for
the "murk and persistent hill fog" of the lower hills.
After a brief debate, Bryan and I agreed that
we should go to Staveley then visit Williamsonís Monument
in the course of a circuit of the lower Kentmere valley.
it didnít seem such a bad day when we parked at Barley
Bridge- there was less murk on the tops than last week
We wondered if we had made the right choice? Nonetheless,
we headed up the A591 to High Reston Farm, then turned
north up a bridle path.
down on the A591
made a bit of a bloomer once past Raw Ghyll. Having
climbed up through a knobbly field, I suddenly noticed,
on a hill away to our left, a very large cairn.
Knott and Williamson's Monument
first we thought it was another monument but after failing
to find one on the map, the truth dawned. It was Williamson's
Monument. Perhaps we
had been gassing too much or maybe just following the
tracks on the ground rather than thinking where we were
going. Whichever, we were not where we were supposed
I could see a fairly direct route across
several fields to get there. The
first two kindly provided gates (albeit
with now illegible warnings) but the third
was surrounded by high barbed wire on both
sides of the wall.
there was a little knoll that would have
delighted Steve McQueen, had his motorbike
been handy. A
quick turn round, rev up and over we go,
Great Escape style.
was planning on doing the walkerís equivalent but Bryan
pointed out that our legitimacy was in some doubt; this
was probably not Right to Roam land and were we to be
challenged by a farmer, it would be better to have an
audit trail of gates opened rather than walls climbed.
That meant a rather frustrating detour back to the path.
route blocked by field walls
when we reached the farmstead known as The Heights where
a track to the monument could clearly be seen, Bryan
was questioning whether we had the right to be going
there. However, having come this far, I was not
for passing by.
was an easy climb and you could see why the spot had
been chosen in 1803:
In Memory of Thomas Williamson,
of Height in Hugil, Gent.
who died Feb. 13. 1797.
to Wainwright, the cairn was built by the Reverend T
Williamson in memory of his father, who used to climb
to High Knott every day before breakfast. That
is understandable. It is a fine viewpoint with
an exceptional outlook over the Kentmere valley
view of Kentmere from Williamson's Monument
returned to the bridle path, which we followed across
the moors above Kentmere Tarn.
Kentmere Hall and Pele Tower
down to Kentmere Hall with its rather
fine 14th Century Pele Tower, we were looking for somewhere to stop
for lunch so we headed for St
Cuthbert's - in
our experience there are always seats in churchyards.
in Kentmere you donít even need to go that far- there
is a very convenient one jacross the road from the church with
a pleasant view over and down the valley.
fine set of horns
that bad weather was imminent we decided to take the
easy way back, along the west side of the valley bottom.
It started to rain as we repassed Kentmere Hall
but this didnít last long. We passed some sheep
with mighty fine horns.
we reached the works at Kentmere Hall Plantation, we
were puzzled as to why there were marquees outside the
buildings. Used for storage, they are presumably
a cheap (and possbily planning-free) way of creating
more storage space.
we strode along the back road, we could see Williamson's
Monument clearly on the skyline. It is strange
that we had never noticed it before.
monument as seen from the road
remained mostly dry until we reached the car and then
the heavens opened with nasty, heavy, spiteful rain.
Thank goodness we hadnít been seduced onto the higher
fells. It would have been evil up there. As
it was, it had been a masterpiece of timing!
25th February 2010
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