BB1045 : A Cold Comes Out

Thursday 9th December 2010

Isnít wonderful when a cold comes out?!!

For two weeks now, strange things have been going on with my body- including h ot flushes and cold flushes.  And then on Wednesday morning I awoke sneezing, with my nose running and a strange desire to sing Old Man River like Paul Robeson.  And no flushes, hot, cold or otherwise!  A triumph!  I hope.

Wednesday was just about the most perfect winterís day with sub-zero temperatures but snow on the ground and sun in the sky all day long.  Margaret and I put it to good use by completing the Westmorland Way whilst Bryan went solo up on Fairfield.

The glorious weather was not expected to continue, indeed the Mountain Weather Information Service advocated staying east of Helvellyn and, even so, 50 mph winds and increasing cloud could be anticipated in the afternoon.

Bryan suggested Ingleborough.  Tony suggested staying at home to nurse his cold so, with Stan, that made just three of us for the trip.

We parked by the library in Ingleton, in a temperature of -7°C, and headed out east, passing a milestone that left us wondering if we were in the right country!  La Chapelle des Marais is, of course, Ingletonís twin town on the Loire.  The B6255 is not exactly the quickest way to go!

A La Jumelle!

Crina Bottom  with Ingleborough behind

Once on the fell, Ingleborough stood proudly ahead of us and it seemed a long climb before we brought it within striking distance.  A combination of snow, ice, colds and lethargy were slowing us down.  

Ingleborough Summit

The last half mile is quite steep and given the depth of snow progress was tiring. There were strange patterns in the clouds to the south of the summit, partly caused by one of the many fighter planess that had flown over.

Approaching the summit

Strange sky patterns

Finally we made the top, just in time for our noon time snack by the shelter.  We had seen no-one but that was soon to change.  A man arrived with eight youths in tow.  We didnít like to ask but thought they might be from a Borstal or similar establishment, not that they were causing any bother.


Bryan on Ingleborough summit


Comitibus: Ingleborough

Our return was by way of Little Ingleborough.  The cloud set in somewhat and the promised wind arose.  It was bitterly cold.  

Bryan and Stan by Don

Bryan up to his knees

Don by Bryan

Ditto, Stan

Perhaps it was hidden in the snow but we missed the more direct path and continued down towards Newby.  

Lower down, the weather improved as we contoured round the hill, in varying depths of snow, discovering hidden streams en-route!  Fortunately we avoided all the potholes.

We used as a target a pair of twin cairns that served no obvious purpose.

Alongside them was a stone with "I" inscribed on one side and "N" on the other.

The twin cairns and boundary stone

Presumably a boundary stone for Ingleton and Newby?

On rejoining the Ingleton path we stopped for a break at a bench we had spotted on the way up with an inscription in honour of Edward Leigh OBE from his wife:

Yet death cannot our hearts divide
Or make thee less my own
Tíwere sweeter sleeping at thy side
Than watching here alone

Stan thought it was by Rabbie Burns.  A good guess: right nationality, wrong poet.
Itís actually from
A Lost Love by Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847)

After a grateful rest, we continued back to Ingleton without further incident, apart from the odd sneeze.  And a deep rumble as Don "keeps on rolling along."

Don, 9th December 2010

PS There have been developments arising from our last outing to Yealand Manor-
BB1044 Afternote.




Thursday 9th December 2010

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Bryan, Don, Stan

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BB1001 :
The Most Perfect
 Winter Day
Thursday 7th January

BB1002 :
 Potter Fell
Thursday 14th January

BB1003 :
A Snowy Equipment Test

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

BB1007 :
Can You See Clearly Now?
Thursday 18th February

BB1008 :
In Memory Of
Thomas Williamson
Thursday 25th February

BB1009 :
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 :
The Kentmere Challenge
Saturday 24th April

BB1019 :
Winter in Springtime
Thursday 14th May

BB1020 :
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Thursday 20th May

BB1021 :
The Mile High Club
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

BB1044 :
Down Memory Lane
Thursday 2nd December

BB1045 :
A Cold Comes Out
Thursday 9th December

BB1046 :
Uncle Monty's, Please!!
Wednesday 29th December


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A Christmas Tale
Saturday 25th December

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

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