: The Kentmere Challenge
24th April 2010
had intended to rise to the full challenge- 20 miles
and 4,750 feet of climbing but when Ian phoned me to
say he had not been very well and was unwilling to risk
the full round, I must admit I breathed a sigh of relief.
I suspect Martin did too.
challenge had been posed by the Rotary Club of South
Westmorland in aid of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen
& Families Association and the Motor Neurone Disease
Association. It must be said that they took their
duties very seriously. The way-marking made it
pretty difficult for anyone to get lost. On such
a lovely day, it was impossible!
mistaking the way!
from Wilf's car park in Staveley, the route went up
the west side of the valley first on road, then bridle
path and finally onto open fell.
back down lower Kentmere valley
way markers on the fell
thought it was going to include Sallows but it passed
over the shoulder. We made a slight detour to
contemplate adding in the summit but decided it was
too much backtracking.
"expert's" route continued over Yoke and round
the head of the valley but we lesser mortals dropped
down the Garburn Pass to Kentmere.
route note travelled- to Yoke
Garburn Pass snaking down to Kentmere
the way, we passed a man carrying a bed on his back
and, subsequently, a previously unnoticed climbing rock
where he might have been using his bed as a falling-off
protector (or to kip on whilst waiting his turn).
is some lovely old property in Kentmere, most of it
sympathetically restored or developed. It is a
lovely valley but I still wouldn't want to live there-
so near to Kendal yet so isolated.
fine Kentmere cottage
church and hall come into view
was taken at the Kentmere Village Hall where a man suddenly
looked at Ian and said "It's Ian!" Ian
looked blankly back and the man said "See this
scar below my eye? You did that." Ian
eventually recalled that this related to an incident
in a squash match some thirty years or more previously.
Fortunately there was no ill will remaining!
Quarter washing for Margaret
village from Green Quarter
route back was via Green Quarter (past an excellent
display of washing for Margaret) to Cocklaw Fell, down
to Skeggles Water then across Staveley Head Fell.
Knotts from Cocklaw Fell
brewery with micro dray horses
Staveley, Reston Head to the right
Bridge Weir, Staveley
to the Mill Yard, we downed a well earned pint at the
Hawkshead Brewery with its micro dray horses.
course on checking in we were challenged. Were
we going to do the full round next year? Well,
are we? Watch this space!
24th April 2010
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climbed in feet:
& Stan: 23 Bryan:
7 (all unchanged)
Don, Ian, Martin
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Books Wainwrights see: Wainwrights.
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