: A Good One For Tony
23rd September 2010
would have been very easy to say ďno thanks, not today.Ē
I hadnít arrived back from our grandparenting
trip to Germany until the small hours and didn't fancy
an early start, especially as the forecast was pretty
poor. But when Stan informed me that Bryan was
out on the third day of his grand marathon to finish
off the Wainwrights (one from each of the seven books
with transport to, from and in between by leg power
only), it would have been too wimpish to stay at home.
Nonetheless, it was not a day to venture on to
the high fells.
we parked at Patton Bridge in that nice triangle of
land between the A6 Shap Road, the A685 Appleby Road
and the Whinfell Range. It was raining quite heavily
as we set off but that was no surprise and we were prepared
for the worst.
over Patton Bridge and the Whinfells
up the Dales Way, we headed for Black Moss Tarn, the
first of many small tarns that we would pass in the
next few hours, wondering if fishing fanatic Tony had
dipped his rod there. There was a slight navigational
hiccup as we followed what turned out to be a cow track
rather than the map. I was tempted to blame the
fact that I havenít got this area mapped at the 1:25k
scale on my computer so we relying on the 1:50k Ordnance
Survey. Whilst fine for roads and bridle paths,
these maps do lack the detail you need to navigate across
fields as no boundaries are shown. But if you
donít look at the map, whatever scale, you canít expect
to be the right track. So a minor diversion was
incurred before retrieving the proper track and the
second small tarn.
third, Skelsmergh Tarn, was not that visible, hidden
away behind hedgerows across a field.
crossing the A6 we passed through Burton House Farm.
I remembered it from when Margaret and I did the
Dales Way (DW03)
as being the home of Shetland Ponies. I donít
know if it has changed hands, but today we saw no Shetlands,
just a goat, a do-it-yourself café (brew your
own tea- donations welcome) and what seemed to be a
do-it-yourself tip with a log book for you to record
is path marked on the map across the field to Bowbank
but it was not there on the ground. Having no
clues as to field boundaries, we had an unintended detour
around Coppice Howe Farm before finding the right path
over the small hill before dropping down to Garth Row.
back to Kendal
particularly wanted to look at a house that
we had coveted when it had been for sale
in the late 1970s but hadnít been able to
afford. The subsequent successive
owners have done a good job in maintaining
the property, I was pleased to note.
the dry stone waller
recrossing the A6, we climbed up a field
and took advantage of the now improved weather
to have lunch with a good view over to Burneside
and beyond. We sat on some stones that had
tumbled from the wall and, afterwards, Stan
did the farmer a favour and rebuilt the
wall for him.
reaching the minor road, we thought we had stumbled
across a secret military establishment, such was the
high level of security surrounding the Watchgate Water
Treatment Works. It is clear from the BiWater
website that this
is a serious establishment: These works represent a strategic national asset and outage planning was crucial
to the success of the project.
is a bit of a misnomer, really. It should be called
the Watched Gate Water Treatment Works, such is the
plethora of security cameras. On reflection, I
am surprised we couldn't see the gun emplacements.
Water Treatment Works
also has a sort of pond and beyond it lies a much larger
one, shown on the map as resembling a telephone handset!
telephone handset tarn
the distance the Howgills were looking dramatic during
a gap in the weather.
were heading for what the map showed as a school at
Selside and were surprised to discover that not only
is it still a primary school, the path goes right through
the school yard where children were undertaking some
sort of supervised outdoor lesson in pairs. It
seemed to involved throwing a large ball to each other
and counting how many times they caught it. Is
that maths or PE or what?
minor navigational hiccup followed and Bouthwaite, according
to a very friendly farmer, turned out to be Steel Croft,
not that it mattered too much.
Biggarsbank has the biggest hen hut I have
ever seen- absolutely massive with thousands
of hens outside in the yards on both sides
and many more in the surrounding fields.
this point, my camera failed with the warning
that its electricity was exhausted.
observed that it was a pity we were not
looking at battery hens!
I had a spare battery albeit with not very
much juice in it.
these ponds would have got Tony very excited but he
would have been beside himself with delight at Low Biggarsbank
where there was an old tractor calling out for him to
get his hands on and restore it. Stan was excited
by an old anvil that he wished he could transport home
whilst I was more intrigued by what was obviously an
old car seemingly rusting away under wraps. We
guessed it was an Austin 7 but but checking the number
plate it seems to be Morris 8.
project for Tony ?
crossing a strongly flowing River Mint, pausing for
the team photo, we passed through Topthorn, where a
lot of wooden lodge and stone barn (with integral stone
birdbox) conversion development has taken place.
stone bird box
commented that Whinfell Tarn looked a lot smaller than
I remember it. A quarter of a mile later it was
obvious why- the tarn looked at was a lot smaller than
Whinfell Tarn, which was now clearly in view.
back, there was a fine view of the tarn with the Whinfell
range behind but sadly, my spare battery was also now
exhausted, as now doubt you are, dear reader, if you
have lasted this long with this report.
is no more to add except that as we returned to the
car the heavens opened and, on returning, the streets
of Kendal were absolutely awash. Pity poor Bryan!
Did he complete the round? News will follow.
23rd September 2010
climbed in feet:
Water Treatment Works
& Stan: 2, Bryan:
7 (all unchanged)
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