: Four Lords a-Leaping
constraints for some of us meant
that we had to be back by lunchtime.
To our surprise, Tony opted out as such
a walk would be too soft for him! How
times have changed! However,
the promise of a Jack Reacher novel
that he hadn't read caused a re-think.
He can be bought!
times haven't changed at all!!
was poring over the map to find a suitable
stroll that we, or at least I, had not
done before and thought I had come up
with a good one, starting at Crosthwaite
and visiting Lord's Lot.
then googled Lord's Lot to see what
I could find about it and what did I
exactly the walk I had planned! It
is one of Valerie
Harrison's Damson Country Walks
that is now to be seen on-line on the Crosthwaite
for better instructions than this report
Harrison made the distance 9 miles. To be fair,
she published her book in 1999 in pre gps / pc mapping
days. I plotted it crudely on the computer and
made it about 7 miles. Which would prove the more
accurate? An important point given the limited
reason for planning to stay local and low was the weather
forecast. The MWIS,
a few days ago, predicted that:
remnants of hurricane Katia will bring storm force winds
to many mountain areas with winds gusting over 100 mph
at times across higher tops....... prolonged rain or
showers......resulting in very high levels of burns,
rivers and lochs as well as increasing the risk of landslides.
And it has blown hard this week as proved by the
big branches brought down on our drive. However,
the actual day, the Met
Office forecast had changed to sunny
intervals and a midday wind speed of zero. Yes,
you read that right! Zero! Nowt! Nil! Ziltch! Bit of an anti-climax, really.
Katia had presumably passed through quicker than
previously expected. Or is this just the calm
in the centre of the storm? The Met Office is
talking of heavy rain and winds gusting to over 30 mph
over the next two days. MWIS says 50 mph on the
hills. This changeability of forecast
has been a feature of this erratic year.
the long range forecast, I hadn't expected
to get a good photo of our climbing objective, Lord's Lot. So, when
on the Crosthwaite
website this photo taken by
Martin Casson from his High Adventure balloon
days, I took the precaution of asking
Martin if we could use it. He kindly agreed.
is looking north-west over to Lord's Lot
from high above Underbarrow. The sun
was directly behind him as you can tell
by the shadow of the balloon. The
angle of the sun plus the frost on the ground
is a good clue that it was taken on a fine
Lot from balloon over Underbarrow
today proved to be a beautiful morning. However,
time being of the essence, it was something of a setback
to arrive twenty minutes late at Stuart's thanks to
a combination of scheduling and navigational misunderstandings
plus a stop to get a today view over to Lord's Lot.
over to Lord's Lot from Scout Scar
the planned route was under pressure from the outset.
Nonetheless, we set off from our parking place
by the River Gilpin in Crosthwate to head up onto Lord's
Lot, disturbing a grazing deer en-route.
of us had previously been to the summit of this modest
hill and it really is a fine view point in all directions.
A place to leap with joy!
west from Lord's Lot, click
from below Lord's Lot
one serious climb of the day out of the way, we headed
off to Low Fold then worked our way round easy paths
and tracks to Birk Moss and the fine old building that
is Bulman Strands. This is where Valerie Harrison
suggests that those wishing to curtail the full walk
should head south. We, however, continued north
to Crook Foot and Thorneyfields before turning southwest
to meet the main Winster Valley road. Sadly, time
had slipped away from us so rather than carrying on
down Crag Lane, we braved the traffic on the A5074 for
a while until taking the minor road that climbed the
hill towards Crosthwaite.
was noon and therefore Tony lunch time so we took advantage
of the shortened route to allow him to eat whilst we
tried to work out what the converted van was at the
far end of the field (see photo below). We failed.
Can anyone tell us?
was then a short downhill stroll back to the car, to
return home in good time for our various commitments.
had seen many interesting things en-route:
steps (sadly partially obscured by seats) from which
to mount your horse at Low Fold, once owned by the
Duke of Buccleugh's molecatcher.
tower of what had been St Catherine's Church at
serrated skyline from Crinkle Crags to the Langdales
Nuclear Power Station
mysterious stone structure, presumable for items
to be place on carts
multi tasking- picking conkers whilst telephoning
House in the distance
Crags, Bowfell and the Langdales
mysterious stone structure
was new territory for most of us and the full walk would
be a very enjoyable, not too challenging outing. One
day! Or perhaps we will try another of Valerie
Harrison's Damson Country Walks.
Thank you Valerie.
15th September 2011
climbed in feet:
Don, Stan, Stuart,
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All The Way From Barrow
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First Indecision Outing
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Four Lords a-Leaping
Thursday 15th September
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