: Nick by Haggis
19th August 2010
the poor folk who come to the Lake District in August
only to discover, to their surprise, that it is one
of the months in which the lakes are refilled. On
the other hand, if, like Jamie, you live in Crete there
is a certain attraction to temperatures rather lower
than a relentless 90°F and the nice, cool rain that
we have enjoyed ever since the hosepipe ban was introduced.
Today was the day that ban was rescinded. Would
it mean the start of better weather?
choice of destination today, however, was not the Lake
District but High Cup Nick, which he first noticed on
the Wainwright map of Westmorland hanging in our loo
as a remarkable geological feature on the far eastern
corner of the old county.
have, of course, been to The Gurt La'al Canyon
before, see BB0816,
so this time we opted to go straight up the canyon,
hoping that there would be a relatively easy escape
up the nick onto the rim.
Cup Nick per Wainwright
was a pleasant drive over Orton Scar to Appleby and
then on to Dufton but the clouds over the Pennines looked
ominous. In the village, the red flag was flying
to warn folk not to stray into the military zone.
flying to warn walkers to keep out of the military danger
and I had both wondered if the Countryside Right Of
Way act would allow access over the public footpaths
shown on the map but inevitably the military legislation
trumps CROW. Except on a Sunday afternoon. So
if you want an exciting Sunday walk with the possibility
of finding some live ammunition, consider Warcop Fell.
If not, stick to High Cup Nick!
order to reach the mouth of the canyon, a longer than
usual approach was required. Jamie likened it to a Haggis
walk but the 2¼ miles of road pales into insignificance
compared to the 14 miles that Bryan recalled trudging
being able to tackle Scotland's Ben Alder. Still,
there were points of interest en-route, including Thomas
and Elizabeth Watson's 1769 home.
and Elizabeth Watson, 1769
you know there were any vineyards in Cumbria?
nor did I, but we passed by the High
Cup Winery and could
see the vineyard across the fields. Their website
says that "In good sunny years grape wines are also produced from our own vineyard."
I suspect 2010 will not be a vintage to remember!
I hope there is a good enough market in Rhubarb
and Damson wines.
Cup Nick from Harbour Flatt
afterwards we left the road for the oddly
named Harbour Flatt and headed for the canyon
where, briefly, it rained on us.
path climbs part way up the right hand side
of the canyon before dropping to meet. A
little higher up, High Cup Gill suddenly
that’s totally incorrect.
course, being upstream, what the water does
is suddenly appear, presumably having travelled
through underground passages.
rim of the canyon looks formidable and a child with
a vivid imagination would have no difficulty in envisioning
the odd skyline erratic as a Red Indian Scout, summoning
hordes of his tribe to pop up and fire their arrows
at us. Fortunately no such problems were experienced
erratics or Red Indian scouts??
river of boulders
were (dry) rivers of boulders to negotiate (good training
for Scafell) and finally a steep scramble up by the
top part of the once again visible stream, which in
the strong breeze was blowing water over us. I
was hoping that there would be a good crowd at the summit
who would stare at us in amazement and with respect
as we breasted the rim but, sadly, there was no one
to witness our conquest.
down High Cup Nick
decided to have lunch at the shooters’ hut at Great
Rundle Tarn which meant 2½ miles of yomping across
boggy, mossy moorland.
bridge over the Maize Beck mini ravine provided
a team photo opportunity.
relief from the tedium of the moor was provided
strange stone with an acorn emblem
frog that insisted on having its picture
fell ponies, and
Siberian Husky whose owner looked as if
he were dressed for Siberia
we reached the tarn and the shooters’ hut. The
wind was howling around so we were pleased to find that
it had thoughtfully been left unlocked for us even though
the bottle of Shiraz on the table had already been drained.
lunch, we descended by the mine track, which seemed
in a much better state of preservation than last time
we were up there- no doubt to facilitate vehicles taking
shooters onto the moor.
Lake District skyline
we dropped down on the long return to the village, another slice
of Haggis, the Lake
District skyline came into view beyond Dufton Pike.
It seemed they had had the better of
the day, weather-wise, but Jamie was happy that High Cup
Nick had lived up to, maybe even exceeded, his expectations.
19th August 2010
transpires that I misunderstood what
was meant by a Haggis Walk.
I took it to be a general reference
to Scottish hill walking where there can
be long off-road distances to be covered
before you actually reach the start of the
ascent. Jamie subsequently enlightened
me that a Haggis Walk is one where you go
round in a circle- so named because the
wild haggis has shorter legs on one side
than the other, causing it to walk in large
ever definition you choose, it was definitely
a Haggis Walk!
climbed in feet:
Cup Nick, Great Rundle Tarn
& Stan: 6, Bryan:
7 (all unchanged)
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