We'll Get Them In Singles, Stanley
25th March 2010
fifth test against Australia.
need 263 to win but get off to a typically
48-5, Gilbert Jessop strides out to bring
back hope with a maiden century but is then
Dick Lilley is out there is only one wicket
left and fifteen runs still needed for victory.
man, Wilfred Rhodes, reaches the crease to
join George Hirst who utters to him the
get them in singles, Wilfred."
they did, if you count twos as double singles!
the date to March 2010, the sport to Wainwright bagging,
the numbers to a target of 214 and only 32 left. Now
change George to Don and Wilfred to Stanley.
get them in singles, Stanley."
the spirit of what happened today!
had been developing a plan to rattle off the remaining
Ws in big days and away nights. But weather forecasts
and birthday parties intervened so it looked as if
today might just be a local low level walk. However,
when the forecast improved a little, it dawned on me
that Hard Knott might not be in the clag and that we
could knock off this isolated problem case.
wanted an easy day anyway, having enthusiastically celebrated
his son's birthday last night. Be gentle with
me, he pleaded!
Fell from Wrynose Pass
Knott from nearing Cockley Beck
parked at the top of Hardknott Pass, in the same place
as on BB0924,
but this time headed north up Hardknott Gill. Hard
Knott itself was flirting with mist but by the time
we reached the summit, the cloud had lifted a little.
Fell from Hard Knott ascent
Knott flirting with mist
had only been a short climb but this was
the first decision point. Back to
the car, total walk 1.5 miles, 50 minutes,
home for lunch or keep heading north to
make a proper outing?
contest.- north we went.
approximately north. I took a bearing
on my gps and followed it for a while then
put it away, after which we veered off to
the left towards some rather steep ground.
corrected, we followed the nose of
the hill down to Lingcove Beck and then
down what is effectively upper Eskdale.
Crags with Scafells behind to the left
Bridge is especially attractive. Lower down, the
way the farmer has filled his tracks is not. Broken
black tarmac is not exactly sympathetic to the surroundings.
Hopefully it will grow over quickly.
the road brought another decision point. Up the
pass back to the car or onward to make a proper outing?
No contest. We did turn briefly up the pass
but quickly turned right over another pretty, little
bridge, Jubilee Bridge, on a footpath marked to Dunnerdale.
Eskdale with Harter Fell in mist
view of Upper Eskdale and Hard Knott
we followed for some way whilst it was drizzling
lightly. We were nearing another decision
point, more troublesome this time.
go over or round Harter Fell?
we didn't need it for our scores and it
was shrouded in mist so we were inclined
to go round. However, we decided to
have lunch first.
were no better after lunch, so round we
went. Of course, Sod's law operated
and it now started to clear somewhat.
we made the wrong decision? We were slipping on
stones, sliding off tree roots and slithering through
bogs. Might it have actually been easier going
on top? Maybe, but the summit was still in mist
so we were not too despondent.
slidy, slithery trail
Harter Fell across the Armageddon field
Knott and Wrynose Pass
followed the same trail back to the car as we had done
On a good day this would be a pleasant stroll
apart from the Armageddon forestry clearance section.
Today it was surprisingly hard work- an awful lot of
effort for one quick single!
will we knock off the rest in singles? Definitely
not. Fours and Sixes from now on. With the odd
overthrow or other extras for good measure!
25th March 2010
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Thursday 18th February
In Memory Of
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The Beginning Of The End
Thursday 11th March
The Free Men on Tuesday
We'll Get Them In Singles,
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