: Muddy Boots Welcome
3rd October 2013
cheers for the Wheatsheaf in Ingleton.
the day kicked off with a debate about where to go when
a day threatens rain, sooner or later in the afternoon.
Why not Ingleton? If the top of Ingleborough
is clear we can go up there and if not then have a stroll
round the villages to the west.
we parked outside the Ingleton library,
the summit was clear and the day better
than expected. So Ingleborough it
was to be.
forecast led us to believe that we could
expect two or three hours before the rain
arrived. Consequently we
expected the summit to remain cloud free until we started
our descent. Wrong. By the time
we reached Crina Bottom the summit was already
starting to disappear.
Fell behind Scales Moor
Bottom with Ingleborough vanishing
visibility got worse as we climbed. By
the time we reached the top, it was vital to remain
within close range of each other. Visibility was very curtailed.
Finding the route off was a challenge (not dissimilar
My GPS seemed to be playing up. Fortunately Stan with his instinctive navigation
(it had to be instinctive as he had forgotten his reading glasses)
took us the right way.
on the summit
finds the descent cairn
We headed on down,
past Little Ingleborough, via the extensively paved
Clapham route before realising that, to be sure of avoiding
the incoming rain, we needed to traverse to pick up
the less distinct path to Newby Cote, rather than continue
on the longer route past Gaping Gill. Another
benefit was a shorter road slog.
such a poor day, we were amazed at the number of folk we
out on the fell- all in groups. On the way up we found
group of trainee squaddies learning how to squeeze five
people under an emergency cover.
you see them
Several other groups that
looked like similar youths emerged from the gloom near
the summit. Then on the return we passed a large group
of young ladies on a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award trip.
project for someone?
was frustrating as we walked along the Old Road that
the weather seemed to have improved and Ingleborough
was no longer in cloud. However, the air became
damp as we arrived back at Ingleton and the rain began
during refreshments. The wisdom of not continuing to
Clapham was confirmed. Clothes (and bodies) would
have become very wet; legs and spirits would have been
severely drained. Boots even muddier. Nevertheless,
we would eventually have found a welcome at the Wheatsheaf.
the inviting sign outside the door proudly boasts Muddy
Hip, Hooray! Hip,
Hip, Hooray! Hip,
Thursday 3rd October 2013
seems I am not alone in speculating how Blisco got its
name (see B1333).
G tells me that he has always been intrigued by the
name Pike O'Blisco as it sounded so out of kilter to
other surrounding fell names. He adds that:
oft consulted local expert Mark Richards says in his
Mountain Days in the Lake District
its true name is "Pike of the Howe of Blisc".
would be interesting to know what his source is for
this as old maps from the 1800s show it as Pike of Blisco.
argues that as most Cumbrian Fell names seemed to be
derived from Old Norse, a cursory glance at Wikipaedia
suggests maybe it's a corruption of Býleistr (blist/blisc?)
this is stretching it a bit but I suppose it would be
nice to think it's named after a Norse Mythological
Giant and also answers the Who (and) the What!
theory is that It derives from the ancient Anglo/Latino term
O'bliscontosis, a herbal and mineral fusion believed to help ease the symptoms of bloated bladder.
for yourself how far the tongue is inserted into the
reading last week's item Plaques
Bryan responded to say that the most well
known plaque on a Lake District peak is
the First World War memorial on Great Gable.
was erected by the
Fell and Rock Climbing Club in
1924, shortly after the Club had purchased
twelve fells in the central lakes and donated
them to the National Trust.
a moving article about the dedication, see:
the War Memorial Tablet .
plaque was removed in July this year by
soldiers from the Royal Engineers for renovation.
It is expected to be back in position in
time for the traditional Remembrance Day
service on the summit.
comment served to remind me that it is seven
years since we last went up Gable on BB0732.
remember the day well, as I am sure Tony
does. I have never seen him climb so well.
He charged past me on the steep ascent
as if he were on a promise.
was. Lunch at the top.
interesting summit plaque reported by Bryan is set in
the slate bench at the top of High
Pike in the Northern
Fells. You can read more about it at
which also mentions a plaque on the summit trig point
and a shelter made from a shepher's cottage.
we discovered a small plaque at the summit of Ingleborogh
commemorating Erin's Walk 2009, presumably an event
in memory of Erin.
of these mention the name of the hill so Bryan's contribution
is not a direct response to Steve G's quest for plaques
naming the summit. It does serve to widen the
more summit cairns of interest?
3rd October 2013
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map / OS)
Don, James, 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 bb1334 .
discover which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
- although it may not be that up to date - see: Which
For the latest totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see: BB Log.
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