: The Examination Results
12h August 2010
is the time of year when many boys and girls, up and
down, the land anxiously await the publication of their
examination results. We boys, the BOOTboys,
had an examination of a sort ourselves today. The
weather forecast again put paid to Stan and me going
west for the penultimate Wainwright trip. We considered
completing last week’s unfinished business- Bowfell,
via the Great Slab- and, indeed, were actually on our
way when, whilst on the Staveley by-pass, we decided
it might be quite grim up there and we should opt for
the tests that Bryan had been saving for a rainy day.
we hastily changed direction and headed off up the Kentmere
valley to park by the church.
1: Kentmere to Longsleddale, 631 feet from valley
to highest point.
Kentmere valley from above Green Quarter
is a relatively gentle ascent, offering good views up
the lovely Kentmere valley, punctuated only by stops
to put on and then remove wet weather gear, Stan exposing
himself in the process.
remvising for the first test
caught with his trousers down!
the descent to Sadgill, I couldn’t find the climbing
rock that had been noticed on BB1018.
Stan and Bryan were sceptical that the farmer,
allegedly notoriously unfriendly, would allow such activity
even if he had a climbing rock. All would become clear,
down into Longsleddale
2: Longsleddale to Mardale, 1,296 feet from valley
to highest point.
gently climbing path up Longsleddale!
is deceptive. It starts off gently enough then
gradually winds up the steepness of incline then suddenly
releases you into the Brownhowe Bottom area.
in upper Longsleddale
back across Brownhowe Bottom
think that’s the end of it but it’s not. Across
the plateau is an even steeper winding track taking
you nearly to the top (it seems) of Adam Seat (with
its awful, digger-made path to the summit) before the
welcome drop to Mardale.
down to Mardale
was curious to see how low Haweswater still
is now that we have had about seven weeks
of rain since the hosepipe ban.
is not full, it must be said.
then is it ever full in mid August?
was no sign of the drowned village other
than the walls of an old lane disappearing
into the water..
it definitely is not.
why have we still got a hosepipe ban?
not very low Haweswater
3: Mardale to Kentmere, 1,199 feet from valley
to highest point.
is a more typical Lakeland path, quite rocky
in parts, at a good steady rake until relieved
at Small Water Tarn where a party of ginger-haired
children and parents were picknicking.
then kicks off again up to the Nan Bield
had planned to take lunch at the shelter.
arrival, it proved to be empty and it wsn’t
difficult to work out why- built for the
prevailing winds, today it was just the
wrong way round.
strong easterly was blowing directly into
the otherwise inviting stone settee.
the lee, a family were sheltering so we
moved on a little to take lunch at the foot
of a Harter Fell crag.
back to Haweswater
Bield from Small Water
Nan Bield Settee
Water and Haweswater
week it had been Jamie’s turn to make the butties and
he told me they contained a secret ingredient. The
first contained about half a pound of cheese and some
tzatziki but that wasn’t the secret ingredient. It
turned out to be something that would have delighted
Tony- a crushed meat pie!
Reservoir and Ill Bell from Nan Bield
lingered too long over lunch and I do believe that Bryan
was asleep for the team photo! The descent was
easy but it is a long, long walk back to Kentmere and
the weather was starting to close in.
Valley stretching ahead
and Ill Bell
half a mile to go, it really started to rain- nasty,
big, cold rain that was virtually hail. Wet weather
gear back on and it was a relief to see the church.
gather over upper Kentmere
we reached the car, a man passed by with a mattress
over his shoulder. He had been to the climbing
rock. It wasn’t in Longsleddale at all; it is
near Goat House Scar in Kentmere. My memory had
been playing tricks!
you have guessed what is coming??
all got three passes!
first, the unnamed pass from Kentmere's Green Quarter
to Sadgill in Longsleddale
second, the Gatesgarth Pass over to Mardale
the third, the Nan Bield Pass, back to Kentmere.
A Stars, of course!
12th August 2010
climbed in feet:
& Stan: 6, Bryan:
7 (all unchanged)
Don, Jamie, Stan
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This page describes an adventure of BOOTboys, a loose group of friends of mature
years who enjoy defying the aging process by getting out into the hills as
often as possible!
As most live in South Lakeland, it is no surprise that
our focus is on the Lakeland fells and the Yorkshire Dales.
As for the name, BOOTboys, it does not primarily derive from an
item of footwear but is in memory of Big
Josie, the erstwhile landlady of
the erstwhile Burnmoor Inn at Boot in Eskdale, who enlivened Saint Patrick's Day
1973 and other odd evenings many years ago!
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Thursday 14th January
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!
All Around the Edge
The Return of
Nick by Haggis
Saturday 30th January
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