: The Place That Lost Its Name
12th September 2013
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
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
I do like that last line, I am not generally a fan of
poetry wot don't rhyme.
I prefer a more traditional
seeking to see a stone circle,
a smile, don't show a smug smirk, I'll
you for why,
you can't deny,
rhymes with Angela Merkl.
how many other words can you find that rhyme properly
with circle? !!
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
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.
romps up the scree
Bryan, fresh from his Mongolian adventures, the scree was
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.
Fells with the Westmorland show ground to the left
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
other Farleton Knott summit
Knott's Limestone pavement
back to Farleton Knott
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.
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.
stops for lunch
or stone circle
where we went up!
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
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
13th September 2013
these edible? We suspect not
these sloes? Stan has another name
many people do you know who have been to Mongolia?
thought as much, the same number as me!
now we can add Bryan to the list bringing the total
foreign adventure this year was precisely that. An
expedition to Mongolia, to seek to climb one of its
find out more, see Altai
Tavan Bogd, part 1.
13th September 2013
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map / OS)
Sone Circle Settlement
Don, Jamie, Roger B, Stan
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1331 .
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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