: Heversham Head and Mhor
was good to learn that Graham was able to join us today.
In the early days of
he was often with us but the wear and tear of many years
of running, climbing and playing tennis took its toll
on his body, curtailing his activities. When I
learned that he was game for an outing, I sent him
a cautious e-mail trying to elicit just how much he
could do so that we could tailor the activity around his
capabilities. Back came a message saying that
he had climbed Ben Mhor last week and had no problems
in tackling the 8 miles and 1,000 feet I was proposing.
put Ben Mhor into Google and was somewhat abashed to
discover that it is 3,169 feet high- rather more than
anything we have done lately. However, I noticed that
this hill was on the Isle of Mull whereas Graham had
referred to South Uist which is in the Hebrides.
I then realised that Google had misdirected me to Ben More,
not Ben Mhor. Or to be mhor precise, my target
should have been Beinn
Mhor, a rather
lower 2,034 feet but still a serious outing. Clearly
Graham is getting back to his old form with his new
my modest proposal satisfy him?
personal objective was to climb Heversham Head, following
in the footsteps of William Wordsworth who, allegedly
whilst rambling in the marshes nearby, gained
the inspiration to
write the sonnet The World Is Too Much With Us.
world is too much with us; late and soon,
and spending, we lay waste our powers:
see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts
away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom
to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
this, for everything, we are out of tune;
us not. - Great God! I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled
in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this
Have glimpses that would make me less
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.
Sir Winston Churchill once
commented on the glorious view which can be seen from
the top of Heversham Head.
too was moved to poetry. Imagine his growly voice
after I leapt out of bed
I climbed up
The view was sublime
I thought at the time
I repaired to the inn to be fed
that's all that there is to be said.
I lied. It wasn't Churchill. He did visit but
It was me wot wrote
i.e.. Graham, Philip and I, met at the Strickland
Arms on a three quarters decent day, a rare occurrence in this
rotten summer, and set off through Low Sizergh Farm.
a surprising place this is. I knew it well for
its excellent farm shop but was not aware that the products
available to taste included England Silver! Mind
that you need to beware of strange little folk on the
path that runs down towards the river.
passing through the old gunpowder factory site (manager's
house crying out for development) we crossed the River
Kent by the suspension bridge and
followed the river until the path that climbs up near
the Sedgwick House cricket field, to and beyond the
old canal, until we reached the railway.
over the River Kent
Kent looking downstream
back over Sedgwick
we gone yesterday we could possibly have seen a steam
train but not today. To the north-west we could see
the Maize Maze but it is likely to have been a poor
season for visitors as the crop has not grown very high
continued south, crossing back under the railway. The
flag flying at Well Head proved to be that of the Barcelona
who is a photographer of repute (see Allscape)
was moved to get his camera out to picture the stone
stile. Photographing photographers is something
I like to do so here he is in action!
Hill- the route taken by the horses to avoid the Hincaster
Canal Tunnel (see BB1126)-
was our route to Hincaster and its ancient hall
Hall seems to be the headquarters
of Bramwell International, the UK distributors for Meindl,
Source and Gregory, producers of outdoor footwear,
sandals and hydration systems and backpacks respectively,
although you would not think it to look at this old
excursion to Mabbin Hall, we traversed east around the
Heverham Head Plantation before climbing west up to
the Head itself.
the structure on the top of the Head, local architect
The view marker on Heversham Head was the result of a consultation carried
out by the Parish Council amongst the residents of Heversham on the best way to
celebrate the Millennium.
It is located a short distance from the very top of the Head at a point where
the spectacular views towards the Lake District fells and the Yorkshire dales
are at their finest. From the marker it is possible to see as far as
Ingleborough to the east and Helvellyn to the west with the splendour of the
Kent estuary to the south.
The marker consists of a octagonal limestone column which carries a circular
slate slab on which the profile of the views is etched and annotated. Above
this is a limestone block carved in a representation of the views, a
collaboration between the artist Lara Clahane and the sculptor, her husband,
Danny. The top surface has an inset slate compass.
The marker was funded by the Parish Council, South Lakeland District Council,
Cumbria County Council and by local public subscription. It was unveiled on
midsummer day in the year 2000.
you want to know mhor about Heversham, visit the village
website where its definitive history has been written
by local historian Roger
dropped down into Leasgill then on to the magnificent
Levens Hall. We couldn't see any Bagot goats today,
other than the one used in the emblem by the gate.
Kent in Levens Park
passed through the north side of Levens Park then by
the Heaves Hotel, we took the Strickland Arms by surprise
debate was whether to lunch here or at the Sizergh Castle
cafe but the Dicky Doodles beer plus baguettes
on the menu at The Strick decided the matter.
have only one thing to add to the report and that is
that Graham seemed happy with our route today so there
is no need to say any mhor!
22nd September 2011
Script: Heversham Head
are several fine photos of the view from Heversham Head
to be found on the internet.
I hope the copyright holders
will forgive me for showing these on the basis
that if you click on the image you will be taken to
the website from which they originate where you will
find larger copies of the photos plus plenty mhor information.
Script: Levens Hall
Bagot of Levens Hall, who had unveiled the viewpoint
marker in 2000, subsequently informed me that Winston
Churchill often used to stay at Levens Hall as Mrs Josceline
Bagot was his cousin! He made one of his earliest
speeches from the front steps!
climbed in feet:
Don, Graham, Philip
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