: Tongues a-Wagging
outing of the year and where to go? John and Terry
are on the Wainwright trail but John has covered all
the easily reached ones and the days are too short for
travelling long distances.
I thought. "Terry hasn't done the Troutbeck
Tongue. That's the place to go." Then
Stan reminded me that we did the same thing at the same
time last year for similar purpose for John. See
However, that was no reason not to go.
again, the Mortal Man was closed for its winter break
so no parking there. This time, however, there was not
the option of parking at the Queen's
as it is still closed after its fire and, according
to this week's Westmorland
is not expected to open for another six months at least.
Head- very closed
we parked by the Church and, as per last year, made
our way through the village and up the valley to the south face of The Tongue.
Tongue across the flooded fields
the way up the climb there was a brief bust of hail
and the odd strong gust of wind but by and large it
was a good day for a smallish hill.
picture was taken at the top with all Tongues visible,
wagging away! Moaris would have been proud.
followed the ridge, dropping gently downwards as we
moved north until we reached a decision point. Should
we turn right and return down the Hagg Gill side of
the valley as per last year or should we take a chance
and head left in the hope that we could cross the Trout
Beck without falling in.
award for bravery goes to Tony who spotted a large rock
in the middle of the raging torrent (it has rained a
lot recently) and made an heroic leap for it. It
would be not quite accurate to describe it as a clean
landing although his water bottle ended up very clean
as it fell out and made its way down stream to where
John rescued it. No one saw what happened to his
coffee flask but it vanished.
rock proved more slippery than expected and his next
great leap was a triumph (a description of which he
would approve being consistent with his tattoo).
don't think anyone saw Stan make his leap as the rest
of us were scurrying upstream to find a safer crossing
place. Eventually we found somewhere with a high
bank from which to jump and a pebbly shore on which
of us, who shall remain nameless, decided on the "keep
on running" technique on landing and came rather
a cropper, albeit on dry land. The lack of photos
(and my sore hip) gives a clue as to whom this refers.
across and regrouped we stopped for lunch. Amazingly
Tony had waited for us to return. I say this because
it was then ten minutes past noon and he had resisted
the temptation to listen to his body. Or maybe
the glory stayed his appetite.
I returned to the scene to investigate whether it might
have been possible to cross using the pole and gates
strung across the raging water. Had we only tackled
it from the other side of the wall it would have been
a simple and safe way to reach the other side of the
is the shadow!
back up to Threshthwaite Mouth
Tongue in the afternoon sun
it was a gentle, if somewhat long, descent down the
valley, interrupted only by some indecision as to how
to negotiate the houses at Troutbeck Park.
at Troutbeck being ruled out thanks to closed pubs, surprise, surprise, we
ended up at the Brewery in Staveley with tongues hanging
out with thirst.
was soon put right and then they
were wagging happily away once more!
Thursday 8th January 2015
8th January 2015
climbed in feet:
Don, John Hn, Martin, Mike, Stan,
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