The Other Half
9th April 2013
last outing, BB1313,
was around the fells on the eastern side of the Kentmere
Valley. Today the objective was to visit the other half.
This seemed particularly appropriate for me as
my Other Half is away visiting grandson
& Co in Crete.
first, it seemed that we might need to change plan,
aim was to meet by the Church but when we arrived
we found the parking spaces taken by builders' vans
and bags of cement. The church was being renovated.
still, the field that is sometimes used as a car park,
was shut. However, a notice on the gate did
suggest a house up at Green Quarter that has a camping
barn and the possibility for parking. In fact
it proved a good venue (apart from one drawback, mentioned
later) albeit at the princely sum of £3.
up the valley
led to a minor readjustment of route and we set off
up the valley on the eastern side of the embryonic River
Kent, climbing over The
Tongue and then, whilst looking down on the Kentmere
Reservoir and a group of deer, up the Nan Bield Pass.
Other Half, with Kentmere reservoir
approaching the Nan Bield Pass
The day was surprisingly sunny although lightly
veiled. There was a bit of a breeze but nothing
like on recent outings.
to the car parking hiatus, we were much behind schedule
so lunch was taken near the Nan Bield shelter, enjoying
a view over Small Water and Haweswater.
Water and Haweswater
with last week's Harter Fell behind
west side from Mardale Ill Bell
we climbed up to Mardale Ill Bell, encountering various
patches of sometimes deep and now slightly thawing
snow. Thornthwaite Beacon was next before turning
south to tackle the Other Half, the western side of
with Ill Bell just visible
was ticking away so there was a debate whether to climb
Froswick or take the runners' traverse. I am proud
to say that I was the only one to top the hill. The
others wimped out of the climb.
is a total lie. It was me wot wimped out. At
the start of the traverse, there
was a very steep stretch that had to be crossed. Further
on, it looked like scree or at best loose rock. However,
immediately in front was a steep wide patch of virgin
which, if a mishap happened, could lead to a slide into
a very nasty gully. Bryan set off, making deep
steps for the others to use. As soon as I saw Bryan
seem to stumble
a bit whilst blazing the trail, my mind was made up.
The late Iron Lady might not have been for turning
but I was.
fact my route (the way dozens of others had been, judging
by the footsteps) proved not only to be much easier
but also the faster. After summiting then dropping
down to the shoulder, I had to wait for those braver
than me to
catch up. They accused me of running which was
quite unfair. Wimp, yes. Cheat, no!
then to Ill Bell where Tony wanted his photo taken as
he can see that peak from his house.
looks for his house
source of the River Kent
comparison, Yoke is a gentle saunter following which
we took the runners' line down Hall Gill to the Garburn
were now way behind schedule which had the benefit that
the drawback of parking at Green Quarter
turned into a boon for three of us.
led Mike and John down into the valley and up the steep
climb back to the cars, Tony, Martin and I had a gentle
saunter back to the Kentmere bridge where our chauffeurs
reservoir and the Nan Bield Pass
tries to spot the car
by this time, most had commitments that precluded the
logical stop at the Brewery in Staveley for a swift half. Fortunately,
John was able to manage his time constraints so after
offloading Bryan and even Tony, we repaired to the Punchbowl
at Barrows Green for the aforesaid drink.
then the other half, of course!
home for a long distance chat with my
10th April 2013
Here is a welcome home present for Margaret. Something
I have not given her for a long time. It's washing,
Martin has subsequently confessed that on their way
home for important meetings, Mike "accidentally"
turned into the Underbarrow Punchbowl where it was Happy
Hour which he claims lasted only five minutes.
9th April 2013
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map / OS)
Ill Bell, Thorthaite Becon, Froswick
Martin C, Mike, Tony
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