BB1331 : The Place That Lost Its Name

Friday 12th September 2013

If you are travelling north up the A65, although you can't see it, off to your left shortly after Kirkby Lonsdale is a site marked on the map as a "Settlement".

The Hutton Roof website describes it as a stone circle.  

Searching for further information, I found Leopard Poetry and a contribution by Geoff Sutton entitled: Blue Day At Settlement.

the limestone ridge lies frozen in the sun
on Pit Lane the heifer shippon stands empty
a place for sheep

the rumps of the ewes are saffron and turquoise
where the ram has trodden them

Gallowber Lane crosses an arena in the hills
where paths meet from Spital Sealford and Kilnerfoot

is this where they lived
with a spring to water their terraces
where they raised clints into an oval
from where they could see and be seen

the map says only settlement
this place has lost its name

Although I do like that last line, I am not generally a fan of poetry wot don't rhyme.  
I prefer a more traditional style like:

When seeking to see a stone circle,

sport a smile, don't show a smug smirk, I'll

tell you for why,

'cos you can't deny,

it rhymes with Angela Merkl.


Well, how many other words can you find that rhyme properly with circle? !!

Anyway, enough of the preamble.  Today  we had Jamie with us, exchanging the heat of Crete briefly for the welcome cool of Cumbria.  It was the second final training day for Tony's ascent of Scafell Pike.  Tony, of course, wasn't with us!  Bryan and Stan were and so was Roger, making his first appearance for quite some time.

We were seeking to see a stone circle, the very one about which the poet wrote.  First, however, we intended to tackle Farleton Knott by the direct route up the scree.

Farleton Knott

Bryan romps up the scree

To Bryan, fresh from his Mongolian adventures, the scree was a nothing.

To some of us, however, it was a seriously steep, loose and greasy challenge.

I can't complain.  It was my idea.  I have been up that way previously but I don't remember when. and I don't remember it being as difficult.  Maybe that is old age catching up with me.  The good news was that it is only a short climb and, once completed, the rest of the day was fairly gentle.

Coniston Fells with the Westmorland show ground to the left

Comitibus :  Farleton Knott

Inevitably the team picture was taken at the top, following which we ambled over the limestone pavement and fields to the Hutton Roof Crags path.  No heroics here, just a gentle stroll through light woodland then down into Hutton Roof.

The other Farleton Knott summit

Farleton Knott's Limestone pavement

Looking back to Farleton Knott

Light woodland path

The Rakes

Longfield Tarn

The "Settlement" is close-by but rather than slog along to it via road, we took a rather longer cross-country route, reaching the site just in time for lunch.

The circle was much larger than I expected with a quite distinct raised circumference which still had quite a number of strategically placed stones on the rim. Unfortunately it doesn't show up well in the photos.

It must be very old and it's no wonder it has lost its name.

The Settlement.....

Jamie stops for lunch

..... or stone circle

A natural archway

Washing for Margaret

That's where we went up!

Objective achieved, we made our way back through fields, by ancient path and tarmacadammed road and finally across the lower slope of Farleton Knott, some of us looking up with a degree of pride at the route we had undertaken  

Bryan was wondering what all the fuss was about, which you will understand when you read the next item about a place that hasn't lost its name but its name is a bit of a mouthful to pronounce!

Don, 13th September 2013

Nature Corner


Are these edible?  We suspect not

Ladybird and thing

Are these sloes?  Stan has another name

Altai Tavan Bogd

How many people do you know who have been to Mongolia?

I thought as much, the same number as me!

Well now we can add Bryan to the list bringing the total to....?

Bryan's foreign adventure this year was precisely that. An expedition to Mongolia, to seek to climb one of its higher peaks.

To find out more, see Altai Tavan Bogd, part 1.




Friday 13th September 2013

Distance in miles:

9.1 (Garmin GPS)

Height climbed in feet:

1,536 (Memory Map / OS)


Farleton Knott

The Sone Circle Settlement


Bryan, Don, Jamie, Roger B, Stan


BOOTboys routes are put online in gpx format which should work with most mapping software. You can follow our route in detail by downloading bb1331 .

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