BB1101 : Wansfell Revisited

Tuesday 11th January 2011

Rather to my surprise, the year kicks off with a couple of Big Josie references.

Firstly and completely out of the blue, an e-mail arrived from Ian E. of Lancaster who had “just stumbled” across the Big Josie webpage.  He has added the tale of her Dancing At The Funeral.

Secondly, the “comitibus” for today’s walk included a new BOOTboy, Chris, whom Bryan had never previously met.  However, there was one unusual link between the three of us. Each had had a Big Josie experience back in the 1970s.  Bryan’s and mine are both recorded on the Big Josie page.  You will have to wait a little longer to read the story of Chris’ encounter.  He has promised to write it up for us.

Originally we had planned to go out on Thursday but the weather forecast soon persuaded us that a change of day would be highly recommended.  

We parked at the Brockhole car park, overlooking Lake Windermere, mainly because at this time of year it is free!

Our objective was suitably modest for a post Christmas excursion- Wansfell.

We headed for the fell via the ominous sounding Mirk Lane.  Murky, however, it was not. Still a bit of cloud around, but potentially a fine day.

Morning sun over Windermere

After crossing Skeghyll Lane, we continued northwards to Robin Lane where I climbed to the Pillar viewpoint whilst the other two patiently waited for me.

The Pillar

The waiters

Fell ponies

The Hundreds Road took us past some fell ponies and onto the fell where, rather than follow the normal footpath, we took a more direttissimo line up to the summit.  There was a bitter wind blowing up there but one only needed to drop down a few feet to find a more sheltered spot for an early lunch.

Lake Windermere and Ambleside from Wansfell

Coniston Old Man round to the Langdales

Looking north east from the summit

Comitibus: Wansfell

Baystones summit

Looking orth from the northern end of the ridge (Baystones)

Thereafter, we followed the summit ridge to the north end of the ridge (Baystones).  On the wall, there was a plaque celebrating the work done by M. Simpson in 2006 to rebuild the wall.  We heard that it did him little good and he lost the farm shortly afterwards.

Well done M Simpson

Gummers How

Soon, we picked up Nanny Lane which leads to Troutbeck.  Our route lay through the village before rejoining Robin Lane, where we found a seat in an excellently sunny spot for second lunch.


A Troutbeck Well

Coniston Old Man and Wetherlam

Second lunch stop

Middlerigg Tarn

Thereafter, it was a simple stroll down Wain Lane, past Middlerigg Tarn and back to Brockhole and the car.  A good little starter for the year.

Don, 11th January 2011




Tuesday 11th January 2011

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Bryan, Chris, Don

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2011 Outings

BB1101 :
Wasnfell Revisited
Tuseday 11th January

BB1102 :
Recuperation Scar!
Thursday 17th February

BB1103 :
A Promenade of Pensioners
Thursday 24th February

BB1104 :
The B Team
Thursday 3rd March

BB1105 :
A Little Bit Of Wind
Thursday 10th March

BB1106 :
A Linthwaite Round
Thursday 17th March

BB1107 :
Home From The Pulpit
Thursday 24th March

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