: For Better Or For Worse?
28th November 2013
days you want the weather to be better. Occasionally
you might want it to be worse. Today I wanted one or
be worse because I had already written today's report
based on the forecast that it was not a day for going
on the tops. I had a route in mind and I had a
story to tell. Both will now have to wait.
be better because, once I knew we were going upwards,
I thought that it might be one of those magical days
when you climb through and out of the mist to glorious
sunshine overlooking a sea of cloud. For a brief
moment, that wish seemed to have a chance of coming
true. And then it didn't.
to John's dental appointment, we were constrained to
the Sedbergh area.
to John's dental appointment and Martin's late withdrawal,
we were able to undertake a linear walk.
fact that John and James had done the virtually identical
route on BB1242,
or Stan and I an extended version on BB0833,
seem to worry anyone. Conditions were very different.
A year ago had been a glorious day with snow
on the ground. Five years ago, it was cold but
clear. Today, there was low cloud.
as actually clear at Barbon as we set off up the fairly
steep climb up Castle Knott. However, we were soon in
thin mist. Not dangerous but obliterating all
chance of views.
takes in the (lack of) view
we approached Calf Top, things changed. Gaps appeared.
Briefly we saw the sun. Tantalising views
came and went.
bit of Calf disappearing
the time we reached the summit cairn they had mostly
gone. what distant views we had were of hills similarly
covered in slowly drifting cloud and mist.
and upwards into the gloom
time to time we had to get the compass out and check
bearings. In the course of doing this, Stan dropped
his reading glasses which he had needed to see the map. When
he realised, some distance later, he set off back in search
of them. This was absolutely vital as they had cost
least £3 from Kendal Market! Meanwhile the rest of us moved on to find a suitable
place to stop for lunch. He must have really
hared because he returned flushed with success before I could take the first
bite of my butty.
gloom lifted slightly as we found and made the long
descent over Brown Knott to the acceptable face of wind
at Fellside Farm- two small ones that looked more like
is this? Click to find out
is little else to report. Car to Barbon. Barbon
Inn not open for drinkers. Two cars on to Kirkby
Lonsdale. Orange Tree open and welcoming. We
were the better for entering and none the worse afterwards.
Sometimes you want things just as they are.
28th November 2013
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map / OS)
Top, Middleton Fell
John Hn, Roger, Stan
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1342 .
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.
have been gleaned from many sources although mostly
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