His Ass From His 'Owgill
23rd August 2012
you use the word "Dummock" for any reason?
have to confess that it is part of my vocabulary, often
used with the adjective "great" to refer to a stupid person, generally meaning
what does the word Dummock really mean?
ultimate source of reference for such matters is the
to my great grandfather, Seth, in 1894 by
UNDER HIS CONTROL
AS A TOKEN
& IN APPRECIATION
OF THE MANIFOLD
the relevant Volume III, covering DEST - GLOS, was the
only volume filed upside down in the bookcase- something
that would have puzzled Holmes or Morse.
the riddle to be solved was no murder but whether it
was a result of the inversion that all references
to Dummocks had dropped out?
and Daniel: adopted asses
I tried that modern source of all wisdom, Google,
which led just to one definition, "Ass", but
without further explanation.
third attempt, the Collins Millennium dictionary, also
not recognise Dummock.
it was more helpful in giving
three meanings for Ass, namely a donkey, a foolish or
ridiculously pompous person or the Americanisation of
an Anglo-Saxon term for a particular part of the anatomy.
Dummock = Ass = Foolish Person
I was right.
the start of the Howgills
reason for the investigation was JHn's request that
we visit the Howgills. I started planning a route.
If, like I did, you look at the OS map, in the Howgills,
near Calders you may see
reference to two minor tops called Little Dummocks and
Great Dummocks. This is what had stiired me into an
were these stupid persons after whom the hills were
if you are more careful than I had been, you will soon
realise that the Great Dummock was indeed me. On the
an "a" not an "o".
Dummacks, you Dummock!
could say that I didn't know my Ass from my
clarified, it became a relatively easy process to conjure
up a trip around the aforementioned hillocks.
our meeting place at the Sedbergh Peoples Hall, we first
set off up Winder, by-passing the sole patch of scree
that had frustrated us in the mist during BB0503, our
visit to the Wheregills.
well up Winder
back over Sedbergh
summit, Arant Haw behind
from Arant Haw
all seemed in good form and Winder soon gave way to Arant
Haw and then Calders. Here we split. Those
dummocks who wanted to visit the Dummacks went with me.
Wiser heads stopped for a brew. I
have to say that I see no reason ever to bother with
the Dummacks again apart from one view down Long Gill.
If boggy, tufty terrain is what turns you on, there are
plenty more from which you can choose.
Gill from the Dummacks
finds Philip's cushion
we pressed on towards The Calf but suddenly Mike set
running- yes, you read that correctly, running back in the direction from
which we had
come. His hope was to find his wallet lying where they
had stopped a brew. No wallet was to be found
there but he did discover Philip's hi-tech cushion!
the top of the Calf, Mike made another discovery- the
reappearance of the Roger Twins, last seen on BB1222.
This achievement led him to a Bolt-like celebration.
discovers the Roger Twins
weather was now blowing a cold wind from the west which
made our route decision easy. Down to the east
and find somewhere for lunch. Bryan's seemingly
impromptu navigation led us directly to an old sheep
fold at Bowderdale Head that served the purpose admirably.
after a brief shower,
was the test to get in a position to see as much as
possible of Cautley Spout without risking life and limb.
Spout and Cautley Crags
it was an easy if somewhat long stroll back, past some
interesting if remote old farmhouses and into Sedbergh.
Home Beck meets the River Rawthey
Once again, we had split into two groups,
largely due to Philip texting whilst walking!
was in the second group so we did the logical thing
to track down the advance party.
we tried the Red Lion but there was a good reason
why our colleagues were not there. It was shut.
Next was the Dalesman but still no one to be seen.
They must be in the The Bull, we decided but
Baffled, puzzlement enhanced because
no-one was answering their mobile phone, we retraced our steps
to the Dalesman. Just as we arrived, the call
"Where on earth are you?"
said Mike. "At the Dalesman" said I,
"Where are you?"
that they had gone the alternative way through the town
and were waiting for us in the market
place, fearing that something dreadful had happened
to us. It had. We hadn't yet quenched our
through quenching, a debate arose as to which group's
LP we would want if castaway on a Desert Island. Mike
was quite clear that it would be Elbow, a cult rock
group from Bury that he has followed for years. Philip
on the other hand voted for the Northern Irish band,
Ash. They asked me which I preferred. I
had to confess.
couldn't tell my Ash from my Elbow.
23rd August 2012
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23rd August 2012
climbed in feet:
Arant Haw, Calders, The Dummacks
Calf, Cautley Spout
Don, John Hn, Mike, Philip,
Roger B, Stan
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