: How Natavi Discovered Treacle
2nd May 2013
upon a time, in a land not very far away, lived
a boy called Natavi.
day, whilst walking his dog across a field, Natavi discovered
a small hole in the ground. He put his head into
the hole and saw that it led to a big cave. Natavi
crawled in and could not believe his eyes. He
was amazed at what he could see The cave was covered
with the greatest of delights. Not diamonds. Not
gold. Not jewels nor precious metals. Something
much more interesting. Treacle.
rushed home to tell the villagers of his discovery.
Many disbelieved his story so followed him to
the cave to see the treasure for themselves. They
they mined the treacle and became very rich. As
a thank you, they named the village after the boy- Nataviland.
later, the name of the village has become corrupted
to Natland and, sadly, the location of the treacle mine
has been forgotten. Many theories have been put
forward. Many explorers have tried to find it. Many
trails have proved false.
I offered to show Mike a possible location of the Natland
so as not to excite him too much too soon, I first took
him on a tour of the area to the rear of Helm, the hill
that overlooks Nataviland.
set off along the disused canal tow path past Sedgwick
then climbed east to a seat with a great view of Helm
and the distant Lakeland Hills.
from above Sedgwick
across the railway (a great place
for spotting steamers on Saturdays), we turned north east to Crosscrake
school then church to reach the A65.
minor road on the other side led us to Stang and the
crossing of Saint Sunday's beck. This we
followed northwards through the bluebell (not that they
are currently to be seen) woods before bending east
to Low Bleaze and Old Hutton.
is a BOOTboys
maxim that if you want a good place to sit in the sunshine
for your lunch then find a churchyard so that is what
I confidently proposed to Mike. Sadly, however,
the only seat in the sun at St John Baptist's Church
was in such a bad state that if Mike's large frame had
been placed thereon, firewood is all for which it would
then be suitable.
church itself is a tribute to Victorian craftsmen.
ceiling and .....
turning back to the west, we saw a field with what Mike
thought was a windsock. He was right. Tucked away
in a barn at Bleaze Hall was a light aircraft. No
doubt James will be able to identify it.
Hall is a 15th century
listed building with many features. It used to be open to the public a
day or two per year. Whether that is still a requirement
I don't know but I do know that it was for sale not
too long ago and clicking on the link, above, will
produce the sale brochure showing the details of this
fine old building.
we passed the Thirlmere pipeline inspection covers then
made our way up and over to Underhelm Farm and
onto Helm itself. The view of the Lake District,
and indeed in all other directions, is, from here. superb.
naughty biker rides away
was less superb was the sight of a parked motorbike.
Bikes are not allowed on Helm.
the individual doing there?
Helm has in the past
been badly damaged by illegal use of vehicles and, whilst
I am not suggesting that the rider had such a result
in mind, it is of concern.
summit itself is believed to have been an
iron age form and the outlines of the defence
layers can be seen.
After summiting, I took Mike to a likely source
of the Treacle Mine mystery. On the side of Helm
is to be found the remains of a small quarry where,
on the ground, can be found small slabs of substances
that look remarkably like blocks of toffee.
tries a bite
the way back to Nat(avi)and, I told Mike about the
system of caves under the village.
However, no one knows,
despite dye having been put into the various sink holes
to try to establish the route, how the water running
off Helm finds its way to the River Kent.
we dropped down into the village, I pointed out a couple
of houses seemingly built out of Natland treacle.
plate of Natland Treacle
is that the truth behind the Natavi legend?
Treacle Mines and
judge for yourself.
2nd May 2013
was wrong in what I said in BB1315 about Tony running.
He has run once
previously, back in 2007 on Steel Fell.
for the evidence.
and Where Competion caused some controversy. The
identity of the be-anoraked person on the left is vehemently
denied by the sinister looking person on the right to
still think it's Pete McL. How about you?
progress was made about identifying the ladies but Graham W produced
typically precise identification of the location of
the two pictures with views.
photo looks like Patterdale, somewhere above the valley
on the west side of the road (see Lanty's tarn area) looking across to Boardale
Hause, with Place Fell being the large fell rising out of the photo on the
left. I've checked the wall system in the photo with that shown on the 25,000
map, and it fits. The surprising thing is how un-eroded the two main tracks up
to the hause were in those days.
The female group photo is taken from above the
summit of the Blea Tarn road looking towards Lingmoor Fell/ Mart Crag and shows
the very steep track up that leads off from Bleatarn House.
can't argue with that, Graham, so the prize is yours
(your choice: a bottle of cheapish wine or several cans of out
of date lager left over from Emma's wedding).
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map / OS)
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1316
discover which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
For the latest totals of the mileages and heights see: BB Log.
have been gleaned from many sources although mostly
from me! Likewise written comment. Unless stated
otherwise, please feel free to download the material
if you wish.
A reference back to this website
would be appreciated but not essential.
.If I have
failed to acknowledge properly the source or infringed
copyright, then I apologise.
. Please let me
know and I will do my best to put things right.
E-mail addresses on this web site are protected
Spam Trawlers will be further frustrated
help fight spam e-mail!