: The Final Training Day. Not.
5th September 2013
a parallel universe, this would have been
the final training day for Tony before the
grand assault on Scafell Pike.
in this universe, the Big One has had to
be postponed as the proposed date clashes
with Kendal’s Torchlight Carnival night
which is just as well as Tony wimped out
with a calf injury.
given multiple other absentees, that left
just Stan and me. I had a route in
mind incorporating a story which I am keen
to tell but, once again, the weather forecast
is the last time I will hint at the story. No
more mention until it becomes appropriate.
both thought a better solution for the day would be
a trip round the Scars but I challenged Stan to find
aspects that I hadn’t previously encountered on our
many such outings.
did not disappoint.
the cricket pitch
starting from his house in Kendal, he took me up the
Castle by a route not previously undertaken. This led
across the cricket pitches then by a peculiar play area
where, he explained, for some reason the powers that
be had turned it into scrubland.
leaf seat ....
is this vane?
in a scrubby area
after climbing up to the golf course, passing an unusual
weathervane and the strange metal sculptures at the
renovated, double furnaced lime kiln, we went along
a ridge about which I had been unaware, although I did
know about the battleship rocks.
along, past what appears to be the remaining evidence
of strip farming, was the former firing range. We
tried to find the old target structures but could only
discover a hole with a circular concrete surround and
mostly covered with very heavy slate slabs. A
gap in the slate enabled a small camera to be inserted
and photograph the grisly contents.
back over the firing range
Cunswick Scar we could see that heading for the Lakeland
fells would not have been a great idea.
skyline from Cunswick Scar
pressed on to the Scout Scar Mushroom thinking we would
shock Tony when he reads the report to discover that
we lunched at noon. However, we arrived too early
so pressed on to Helsington Church, near which we ate,
sat on a bench overlooking the Lyth Valley. Despite
its remarkable mural, we did not go into the church,
partly as we have done so several times before (see
for example) and partly because excavations were taking
place in the graveyard.
Holmeslack Farm, there was a gateway surrounded by flags.
Closer examination suggested they contained unknown
text and figures. I still can't work them out.
messages anticipating Tony's Triumph?
not washing, at Holmeslack Farm
reaching Sizergh Castle, I introduced to Stan a different
route round, one that is not signed and that the National
Trust might not wish visitors to take but it provides
by far the best view of the castle.
Sizergh hens nesting
as seen from our route
we took the Low Sizergh Farm tour route as far as the
caravan site then dropped down to the river and back
to home; mine that is. I intended to ask Margaret
to run us both to Stan’s to pick up our car but he decided
that 11 miles was not enough and that we should walk
on. So we did; along the old canal path where
we had a bright idea. We would call on Tony and
commiserate with him about his injury. But was
he in? No. Just what was he up to? Anyone
final production of new features was a detour through
the Aikrigg Millennium Wood which, at the far end, provides
a fine viewpoint over the town.
Castle from the Millennium Wood
this time, we had clocked up 14.4 miles and thought
that was sufficient proxy training for Tony and the
Big One. Whenever it happens!
Thursday 5th September 2013
a Difference an A Makes
week's report on Alcock
prompted Robert to write on the subject
of "natural draft cooling towers"-
the huge hyperbolic towers like the ones
that collapsed at Ferrybridge in the 60s.
As part of his final year dissertation
for his Chemical Engineering degree he reviewed
their thermodynamic and structural designs
and why they are the shape that they are.
conclusion was that nobody knew for certain.
Structural engineers thought that
chemical engineers wanted them that shape
to enhance air flow and the chemical engineers
thought the shape was required by structural
engineers for superior strength.
conclusion was that the answer is actually
a bit of both.
rang a bell. Anticlastic surfaces. A structure
where, at any given point, the internal horizontal radius
equals the external vertical radius.
only, as Robert indicated, are these features found
in cooling towers but, in the early 1960s, a building
was constructed in Picadilly Gardens, Manchester with
a striking anticlastic roof structure which led to it
being discussed in a school physics lesson.
could recall that this type of structure was supposed
to have maximum strength but I could not recall why
until Robert reminded me. They might
look like curves but they are actually constructed of
straight lines as can be seen in the first picture.
on earth has this got to do BOOTboys
or is it just another Alcock and Bull story?
the answer is a near miss. In fact the authors
of the classic papers on cooling tower design were Messrs
Alcock and Ball.
5th September 2013
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map / OS)
Scar, Scout Scar, Helsington Barrow
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1330 .
discover which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
- although it may not be quite up to date - see: Which
For the latest totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see: BB Log.
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