13th July 2011
Could it be? Yes, it could.
Something's coming, something good,
If I can
Something's coming, I don't know what it is,
But it is
it be this? Could
this be it?
the continuation of the West
Side Story but
the inversion of last week's adventure: steamer south
from Bowness to Lakeside followed by the East Side
day started with an odd dilemma. Whether or not
to shave? Normally I prefer to go out onto the
hills unshaven. I can't quite rationalise this,
maybe I kid myself that I am the wild man of the hills!
However starting and finishing at the Linthwaite
House Hotel made
me wonder if this was sartorially appropriate. But
then I remembered Mike's slogan about it being the best
unstuffy hotel in the world and that decided me. Shaving
equals stuffiness. Unstuffy and hirsuite it should
be! I thought Stuart, at least would understand-
as long as I have known him he has sported a beard.
To my surprise, when James and I arrived at his
house to pick him up, he was clean shaven for the first
time since I first met him forty years ago!
week, you may recall, Bryan had planned to cycle to
the Linthwaite before realising he could not join us.
No such problem today. So the five of us
tucked into the sausage butties that Mike had had prepared
for us as a precursor to our expedition.
Linthwaite House Hotel
fed, we set off down to the Bowness jetty, passing through
the Belsfield Hotel on the way as a short cut!
steamer Swan duly arrived on time and was rather fuller
than last week. Maybe it was the nice day or maybe
it was the large Japanese contingent, no doubt on a
Beatrix Potter homage visit.
arrival at Lakeside, it had been my plan to walk round
the Newby Bridge end of the lake but, to be fair, it
would have been a bit of a road slog and someone had
a better plan. Why not catch the ferry across
to Fell Foot?
we did, which also meant that Mike and James had time
to wind up the proprietor of the Lakeside Hotel before
the management: Lakeside Hotel
How from near Fell Foot
Fell Foot we found a climbing wall lying on its side
on a lorry. Even so, it seemed to provide a challenge
for Mike and Bryan!
last, probably a BOOTboys
record in lateness, our walk in proper started with
the ascent of Gummerís How. This is a hill that holds
a special place in my affections. It really is
a mountain in miniature, especially when you start at
the car park near the top of Fell Foot Brow. An excellent
introduction to the hills for young children. Only just
over 300 feet of climbing if you do it that way but
you feel as if you have really achieved something.
I have very few photos of our earlier ascents
although here is one from 2003 showing my
old university pal Tim with his wife Margaret
posing with me near the summit.
is an occasional BOOTboy,
his outings with us being limited by the
inconvenient fact that he lives near Bournemouth!
Timless, we undertook the climb from lake
level which makes the effort and the achievement
all the greater.
How, 2003 style with Tim & Margaret
west from Gummer's How
south from Gummer's How
committee: Gummer's How
explored the summit area for the view and a team picture,
my plan was to find the footpath that ran north into
Bare Allotment and then Blake Home Plantation. However
we seemed to be encountering some very boggy ground
and, in circumventing it, we circled too far south.
I was not too disappointed as the map showed a
reservoir, large but unnamed, and I was quite interested
to see it.
there (having passed through some Armageddon territory),
we discovered that there was a permissive footpath through
the grounds so we followed it into denser and denser
woods. It seemed to be going too far east for
our liking so we needed to check progress and in so
doing encountered a BOOTboys
first. The wood was too dense to rely on GPS so
we had to fall back on old technology- a magnetic compass!
dense wood and.....
the map and compass
helped confirm our route and we negotiated our way successfully
through the forest, out into open countryside and a
proper footpath. It was a good job Tony was not
with us as it was now way past our lunch time, never
mind his, so we stopped to eat with magnificent views
to the west, north and east.
it was a relatively straightforward task to navigate
broadly northwards past Moor How and, Ghyll Head Reservoir.
Head Reservoir, south end
Head Reservoir, north end
was the rather impressive development of Rosthwaite
Farm, with its flowers, statues and pond.
Bellman Ground we turned north east to Barker Knott
Farm with a washing display photographed for Margaret!
Knott Farm washing
we continued northwards to Lindeth and back to the Linthwaite
House Hotel where Mike kindly provided tea and cake
on the terrace.
East Side Story had been a good
one; it had been an excellent day out and our thanks
go to Mike for his hospitality.
13th July 2011
(10.5 on foot)
climbed in feet:
How (Outlying Fells)
Don, James, Mike, Stuart F
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