BB1041 : A Whinash Winterscleugh Wander

Wednesday 10th November 2010

I am pleased to report that my completion of the Wainwrights (see BB1037) has not gone entirely unnoticed!  

In addition to the several kind comments made by readers of these pages, I was recently invited to an unexpected awards ceremony.

Commissioned by Jamie and presented by Luca, I am now the proud possessor of:

The Wainwrights Trophy

Thanks, guys! I look forward to passing it on to the next in the family to complete the set.

Don with Luca and The Wainwrights Trophy

When I told Bryan, he suggested that it would not happen in my lifetime.  There's a challenge for the next generation(s)!

Today, it was a cold and frosty morning in more than one way.  Wednesdays are normally reserved for Margaret but I had understood her to say that she was having to take her mother to the dentist.  Given also that the forecast for tomorrow involved 100 mph winds and plenty of rain, it seemed logical in the circumstances to move the BB outing to today.  What I didn't realise until this morning was that Granny had moved her dental appointment to free up Margaret's day.  Dog house here we come!

A6 near Huck's Bridge

Bryan was very understanding and suggested a shortish walk up Whinash.  We parked at Huck's Bridge and tried to go down the north side of Borrowdale only to find the footpath closed because of erosion.  

Footpath closed due to.....

..... erosion

Retracing our steps, we set off down the south side to the new and huge steppingstones across the beck before heading up the Breasthigh Road.

Bryan and the new stepping stones

This is actually quite a steep climb and we were warm in the sun despite the odd icy patch on the ground.  From the col we turned right on a gentle climb up partly frozen moorland.  The distant views of snow tipped hills were superb.  

Cross Fell in the distance

Mallerstang behind the Howgills

We made our way over Whinash to the summit of Winterscleugh where we took an early lunch.

The Whinfell range and the upper Borrowdale Valley

Comitibus: Winterscleugh

Thereafter, we continued a while along the ridge until we met the bridle path then turned down into Borrowdale (the lesser known Westmorland one, of course) and followed the river back upstream to the car.

Dropping down to Borrowdale

Thankfully, this lovely unspoilt valley has been saved firstly from becoming a reservoir and more recently from being turned into a time-share resort.



Being a relatively short walk, albeit a glorious one in terms of views, there was time for me to attempt to claw my way out of the dog house.  I phoned Margaret, told her to get herself ready and on returning home, took her up Helm for more glorious views. There was a distinct thaw.

Comitibus: Helm

Natland and the Conistons from Helm

  I think I am forgiven!  Just!

 Don, 10th November 2010




Wednesday 10th November 2010

Distance in miles:


Height climbed in feet:




Other Features:

Whinash, Winterscleugh, Borrowdale


Bryan, Don


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BB1001 :
The Most Perfect
 Winter Day
Thursday 7th January

BB1002 :
 Potter Fell
Thursday 14th January

BB1003 :
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Thursday 21st January

BB1004 :
Leave It To The Professionals

Thursday 28th January

BB1005 :
That's A Lyth Record
Sunday 31st January 

BB1006 :
Reasons To Be Cheerful
One, Two, Three
Thursday 11th February

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Can You See Clearly Now?
Thursday 18th February

BB1008 :
In Memory Of
Thomas Williamson
Thursday 25th February

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Almost a Mountaineer!
Wednessday 3rd March

BB1010 :
The Beginning Of The End
Thursday 11th March

BB1011 :
The Free Men on Tuesday
Tuesday 16th March

BB1012 :
We'll Get Them In Singles,
Thursday 25th March

BB1013 :
The Fools on the Hill
Thursday 1st April

BB1014 :
The Windmills on the Moor
Wednesday 7th April

BB1015 :
By Lake, Ridge and Wainwright
Sunday 11th April

BB1016 :
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Thursday 15th April

BB1017 :
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Thursday 22nd April

BB1018 :
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Saturday 24th April

BB1019 :
Winter in Springtime
Thursday 14th May

BB1020 :
Red Screes and Sausages
Thursday 20th May

BB1021 :
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Thursday 27th May

BB1022 :
What A Difference A Day Makes
Thursday 3rd June

BB1023 :
Something Brutal
Thursday 10th June

BB1024 :
Rendezvous on Haycock
Thursday 17th June

BB1025 :
The Men of Gragareth
Thursday 24th June

BB1026 :
The Smardale Round
Thursday 1st July

BB1027 :
Don't Shun The Shunner!
Thursday 8th July

BB1028 :
All Around the Edge
Thursday 29th July

BB1029 :
The Return of Uncle Jamie
Thursday 5th August

BB1030 :
The Examination Results
Thursday 12h August

BB1031 :
Nick by Haggis
Thursday 19th August

BB1032 :
And Then There Were Two
Thursday 26th August

BB1033 :
A Surplus of Sheepfolds
Thursday 2nd September

BB1034 :
A Good One For Tony
Thursday 23rd September

BB1035 :
The Wainwright Triathlon
Tuesday 21st - Thursday 23rd

BB1036 :
The Nine Standards
or The Battle Of Birkett Hills
Thursday 30th September

BB1037 :
This Is The Way
The Wainwrights End
Thursday 7th October

BB1038 :
A Return To Sanity?
Thursday 14th October

BB1039 :
A Succession of Scars
Thursday 21st October

BB1040 :
Three Old Men Of Lochnagar
Monday 25th - Friday 29th October

BB1041 :
A Whinash Winterscleugh Wander
Wednesday 10th November

BB1042 :
The Rusland Round
Thursday 18th November

BB1043 :
The Lion, The Lamb and
The Howitzer
Thursday 25th November


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boys in Zillertal
Saturday 30th January
to Saturday 6th February

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