: A Pleasant Morning Stroll. Or What?
11th April 2012
choice this week was to go with Bryan on Tuesday for
a mountain marathon in terrible weather or to have a
pleasant Wednesday morning stroll with Stan. Well,
which would you choose?
didn’t want to travel far as Jamie was due home from
Crete so we decided to visit Scout Scar and Helsington
Barrow. Not exactly new territory but a lovely
area to walk apart from one aspect to which I will return
home we crossed the canal, down to the River Kent.
I had never previously noticed Kendal Castle from
here. It must have looked quite intimidating in
up by Helsington Laithes, we crossed the Barrows and
up to the trig point. I don’t know how many times
I have been on Scout Scar previously but until a few
days ago, when I visited with Margaret, I had never
even noticed the trig point which is just a little set
back from the dramatic Scar edge.
here we progressed past the stone spiral to the mushroom shelter. We
had intended to stop for a brew but, although a much
better than expected day with stunning views all round,
it was colder than we anticipated.
circular shelter is divided into four equal segments
and on the inside of its dome are shown the names of
the hills visible from that quarter. It is a lovely
place to linger except that apart from the cold, today
some idiot(s) ..... well let’s just say a dog, a plastic
bag and a boot had combined to make that section seriously
uninviting. Don't worry- no photographic evidence.
are these people and what do they think they are doing?
Any volunteers for the firing squad?
Old Man and round from the Mushroom
Knott from Scout Scar
lanes followed, this time down to Holeslack Farm. I remember
taking some Christmas goodies there many years ago,, probably for the
Round Table or something like that, to a little old
lady who lived in this remote run-down old building.
Rather different to what now a well-restored National
Trust owned property.
our steps, we dropped down the cliff on the surprise path
to Barrowfield then south along lanes and through
woods to climb back up near Helsington Church.
visit this time- to admire the inside and its remarkable
wall painting see:
: The Air's Like Wine .
Another trail took us to
Sizergh Castle, looking quite splendid in the sunshine.
Sizergh Farm had an old tractor that would have got
Tony salivating and the friendliest hens ever.
project for Tony?
Finally, a brief canter across the river and home
where Jamie had just arrived.
Kent with angler
exactly a Bryan expedition but a good leg stretcher.
Here is Bryan's account of what we missed the previous day:
out yesterday. Weather was mixed – snow / hail / rain
/ sun – and the fresh overnight snow made conditions
was able to check the snow conditions going over Sheffield
Pike. It was balling up under my boots and making it
slippery. I tried the microspikes but with similar results.
I had intended heading into Keppel Cove and going up
Catstye Cam via the north ridge, but with no ice axe
I decided against it, as a slip going that way could
send me a long way down!
the weather improved a bit for the final stretch over
Birkhouse Moor and I finished OK - 10.2
miles and 3,687ft. Still leaves an awful lot of
tops to do before the end of the month*. Bryan*
refers to Bryan’s aim to complete all the Wainwright
Eastern Fells during April, a month in which he
has a number of other commitments limiting his time
on Catstye Cam
I went via Red Tarn and on to the shoulder at the start
of Swirral Edge.
I had lunch part way up the final slope
and was surprised to see the number of people going
up the Edge who didn’t appear to have an axe or crampons.
Judging by the snow conditions on Catstye Cam I would
think that the final 50ft of the edge would have been
manageable without crampons but the slightest slip would
have been pretty serious.
and Catstye Cam from Birkhouse
for future reference, my peroration is that if you want
to go out on the wildest days, pick Bryan, otherwise
stick with Stan and me!
11th April 2012
does not normally carry photos of non-related
items but when a very good friend enjoys
the first major victory of his golfing career,
an exception has to be made.
the right, you can see Keith and his trophy
with, in the background, a couple of disgruntled
losers and an ecstatic group of supporters.
done, Keith. Who was it said that
golf was A
Good Walk Spoiled?
me, amongst others, but I'll make an exception
in this case!
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Confused in Crete
if you were to visit one of our tonsorial
in the UK, we could return your pileous aspect
to a more normal lustre?
Call of Nature 2
has confessed to being the person mentioned on BB1211
as being responsible for the photo of Tony seemingly
relieving himself . He explains that the geological
feature in front of which Tony was stood is known as
a sink, hence what Tony was doing was .......!
11th April 2012
climbed in feet:
Scar, Helsington Barrow
10th April 2012
climbed in feet:
Dodd, Sheffield Pike
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