First Indecision Outing
24th August 2011
ruled this week. Wednesday or Thursday? The voting
was evenly split. In the end, not wishing to exercise
a casting vote, we ended up with two outings of
different characteristics and characters!
the aim was to walk from Ambleside over Wansfell then
down to Orrest Head and back to the Linthwaite House
Hotel where the car would be left.
accordingly drove Bryan and me to the Linthwaite where
we met Mike and walked down to Bowness Pier in time
to catch the open topped bus to Ambleside.
alighting from the bus whom should we see but our local
MP, Tim Farron, holding his Summer Tour “surgery” in
the open air at the bus station. What a shame
James wasn’t with us to engage him in conflict! Verbal
route lay alongside the Stockghyll Force waterfall and
then out on to the fell and straight up the hill.
that we were all a bit rusty, I thought we made a good
fist of reaching the Wansfell top despite the somewhat
Windermere from Wansfell
descending by Nanny Lane to Troutbeck we had lunch sat
on a bench in the church yard.
we crossed the road and climbed to find the Longmire
Road track. We then crossed the Moorhowe Road
and followed the footpath to Near Orrest where the derelict
barns are now being converted.
Head comes into view
here it was an easy climb up to Orrest Head, another
splendid view point.
view from Orrest Head
remembered 2007 when Margaret and I had climbed it
to watch the Red Arrows.
Arrows from Orrest Head
one particular move where they flew in convoy down the
lake and one peeled off right over to Coniston Old Man.
What we didn’t realise was that another had peeled
off left and a few seconds later attacked from the
rear, clearing us by what seemed only a few feet with
a tremendous roar. No such excitement today!
route thereonwards took in part of the Westmorland Way
and part of the Dales Way, both of which I had covered with Margaret some time back.
The railway line was crossed near to the remarkable Gill
Droomer Stile garden.
Droomer Stile garden
fact, the last couple of miles were in pretty heavy rain.
However, Mike and I agreed that it always seems
worse when looking out at it from indoors than it does
when you are actually in it. In fact, it was almost
enjoyable! And finding road signs with strange
running men on them certainly enlivened the final section
back to the Linthwaite!
mystery man signs
does it mean
Can anyone throw any light
onto why they are there and what they signify?
a round of applause for my old uni pal and occasional
Tim, who has just climbed Kilimanjaro. He wrote:
I'm back and did make it to the top. The attached
photo shows me totally kn****d after 8 hours of climbing
which started at midnight. After a (very) brief
rest we had to descend over 2,000m, pausing only at
our last camp for a brief meal - we eventually stopped
for the day at 5:00pm after 17 hours of 'exercise' 12
out of the 15 of us made it and I know our chief guide
was quite impressed given the average age of the group
(if it hadn't been for 2 'youngsters' of 40, the average
age would have been almost 60!).
importantly, it looks as though we will have raised
about £7,000 for Julia's House (the only children's
hospice in Dorset).
24th August 2011
For Mike's take on BB1122 see The
Last Ciabatta Beefburger.
C subsequently contacted me to say:
Don. This one particularly reminded me of:
spectacular view over Windermere. It's a long time
since I did the Wansfell walk.
1995 and what an experience; coincidentally out
of 14 in our party only the 2 youngest (in their
20's) didn't make it.
talented the Red Arrows are and what a tragedy last
up the great BB editions and one day I'll be 'free'
to join you.
we look forward to you being with us!
(plus 7 on bus!)
climbed in feet:
Bryan, Don, Mike, Stan
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