: Something Brutal
10th June 2010
Bryan describes a hill top as “tricky” and “confusing”,
you know that it is not going to be straightforward.
What might be more of a surprise is that the top
he had in mind lies well under 1,000 feet above sea
level and less than 2 miles from the M6.
had prevailed against Stan and me continuing our W campaign
so this week’s BOOTboys
lite was a morning only expedition to Hutton Roof Crags.
been over several times, including BB0910,
but had never actually been to the top of the limestone
pavement. So on a greyer than expected day, it
seemed a good venue for a brisk short walk and back
in time to buy Granny her fish and chips for lunch.
parked opposite Holme Park Farm then walked away from
the hills to the canal for the first mile or so before
crossing back to Farleton where a decision awaited us.
by the canal
Knott across the canal
we could go diagonally left and take a relatively easy
way up Farleton Knott or go direttissimo up the scree.
fancy something brutal,” said Bryan, so that was decided.
Direttissimo it was to be. And it was quite brutal but,
compared with some of late, mercifully short before
we emerged on the summit of Farleton Knott- an excellent
vantage point to survey Junction 36 and the rest of
South Lakeland. On a clear day, that is.
Roof Crags from Farleton Knott
crossed over Farleton Fell and Newbiggin
Crags and onto Hutton Roof Crags.
is indeed tricky and confusing as most of
the time you are either in light woodland
or your view is obscured by small but inaccessible
in tall gorse which, to me, still smelt
we did find the trig point without too much
Hutton Roof Crags
retraced our steps for a while then dropped down to
the South America rock- one of Bryan's climbing venues
that has an outline like the continent.
South America rock
return was intended to be along the Limestone
Way bridle path, which, according to the
OS map runs alongside a wall.
is a path along by the wall but anyone one
much over five foot tall has problems so
what horses would make of it, I don’t know.
is a higher and more horse friendly path
but not where the OS say it should be.
Stop on the limestone pavement
Quarry with Whitbarrow Scar behind
crossed back over on to Farleton Knott we just had enough
time for a coffee stop before returning to the car and
back, on time, at the chippy.
a contrast from recent efforts but a good little outing
none the less.
10th June 2010
week's report, BB1022
: What A Difference A Day Makes,
talked of our trip to West Cumbria on the day after
distribution list is Guy. He, too, is finishing
off the Wainwrights and was in the area while the shootings
in West Cumbria were taking place and the following
day. You can read his report at BB1022 Afternote.
perhaps inevitable by-product of the shootings was a
surge in people Googling for information on the area.
One such person was Ci, now living in Colwyn Bay.
Whilst searching for items on Boot, he chanced upon
website and its references to Big
reawakened old memories. Not only had he known
Big Josie rather better than any of our previous contributors,
he volunteered a photograph. You can see her picture
and read his recollections at Crazy
information Ci provided led to the discovery of another
reference to Josie on the internet, details to be found
Lament for the English Pub.
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climbed in feet:
Knott (Outlying Fells)
& Stan: 11, Bryan:
7 (all unchanged)
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our route in detail by downloading BB1023.
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As most live in South Lakeland, it is no surprise that
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A Snowy Equipment Test
Thursday 21st January
Leave It To The Professionals
Thursday 28th January
That's A Lyth Record
Reasons To Be Cheerful
One, Two, Three
Thursday 11th February
Can You See Clearly Now?
Thursday 18th February
In Memory Of
Almost a Mountaineer!
The Beginning Of The End
Thursday 11th March
The Free Men on Tuesday
We'll Get Them In Singles,
The Fools on the Hill
The Windmills on the Moor
By Lake, Ridge and Wainwright
The Ten Lake Tour (+5Ws)
The Kentmere Challenge
Saturday 24th April
Winter in Springtime
Thursday 14th May
Red Screes and Sausages
The Mile High Club
What A Difference A Day Makes
Rendezvous on Haycock
The Men of Gragareth
The Smardale Round
Don't Shun The Shunner!
Saturday 30th January
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