: A Little Bit Of Wind
10th March 2011
knew it was going to be a windy day in the lakes but
we just didnít realise how wild it would be at low(ish)
level around Kendal.
idea was for an indirect but scenic walk from Rogerís
in Kendal to our house in Natland, thereby having a
by-product of reducing transport complications. Once
Pete arrived from Cheshire, Jamie delivered the two
of us to Rogerís, picking Tony up on the way.
from Birds Park
from having to crouch to negotiate a low
tunnel under the railway, the outing started
easily enough as we climbed up past the
old Birds Park reservoirs- one long drained
and the other disused and half-full.
we reached Paddy Lane, things started to
look more ominous.
more so when Jamie phoned to say that it
was hailing heavily at home and did we want
picking up now?
we didnít, thank you.
were on a mission and my experience is that such weather
generally seems worse when you inside looking out than
it does when you are actually out in it. Provided
you are properly equipped, of course.
from the dam
problem we had was that we didnít really know the best
way from Paddy Lane to the Benson Knott summit. There
is only one official footpath and that was some way
off to the north on the Appleby Road. However,
the Kendal Fell Races use a direct route and I have
previously met people on the hill who told me of using
the direct route so it must exist. Well, we created
a route. Not, I suspect, that used by fellrunners,
insufficiently direct, but it got us upwards, despite
strong winds and hailstones.
last stretch, which was on the official path, was exceedingly
hard work, into a viscous headwind.
twin tops of Benson Knott
surveys Kendal from Benson Knott
Knott summit (one of them)
knocked off both the tops (too wild to pose
for a full team photo) then headed south
to find what I had been told was a farmer-tolerated
the way we went was correct, I cannot say,
but we met with no obstacles, human or physical,
before emerging on the road near Fisher
lengthy spell along Paddy Lane followed.
Roger explained that its name derives from
its use by Irish labourers driving sheep
along it to avoid Kendal town centre.
from Benson Knott- click on picture for panorama
the Sedbergh Road junction, we turned left for a brief
period before joining an at times difficult to follow
path through Windy Hill Farm and Hayfellside before
joining Hayclose Lane. There is a remarkable amount
of property hidden away up here about which we knew
immediately, we left the lane, passed more semi-hidden
property at Hayclose and crossed some fields to find
a lunch stop protected from the wind by a stone wall
near Flats Hill.
we continued to Low Garths Farm where Tony discovered
a sheep in distress due to being caught in a bush. He
raised the farmer and helped rescue it. Unfortunately
I had moved on to the Beehive bridge where I was waiting
for him to catch up and so have no photos to record
this act of fine citizenship. Just one of the farmer's
beat-up old Land Rover!
old Land Rover
to Underhelm Farm, past the Manchester water pipeline
inspection house, we climbed up through the wood and
Back of Helm lane before turning on to the side of Helm
recently opened up to the public thanks to its acquisition
by Friends of the Lake District.
and Kendal from Helm
summit trig point
reaching the ridge, the wind was extremely
strong and in our faces as we toiled to
was seriously hard work. I
can only remember once being out in a stronger
wind and that was on BB0607
when we failed to reach the top of Coniston
Old Man- a hill over three times the height
fortunately, it was an uneventful stroll
down into Natland and home.
10th March 2011
10th March 2011
climbed in feet:
Don, Pete, Tony, Roger
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