: Blowin' in the Wind
a week for excuses:
mother-in law's stairlift has broken and I need
to be around for the repair man
brother-in-law has been taken to hospital and I
am needed to do some chauffeuring
picked up a lump of metal in one of my car tyres
and have to take it into the garage.
are you letting 100 mile an hour winds keep you
off the fells? Wimps, I'm going high!
prizes for guessing from whom was the last one. Mine
was the first.
survivors opted for a Lyth Romp. Terry takes up
in the Wind
as Bob Dylan also said "You don’t need
a weatherman to know which way the wind
because you could hear the strength of the
wind without going outside!
the dire forecasts from the aforesaid weatherman
it was decided a low level outing was the
off from the Hare & Hounds car park at 9:10 John
Hn, Mike, James and Terry set off on what was to be
mostly a road based outing.
the Levens Underhill Road and then into the wind on
the aptly named Old Road, we were soon crossing the
Gilpin River and out onto the A5074 behind the Gilpin
the day for a dip
towards the Lyth Valley the call of the Nespresso machine
required a detour up through the How and a welcome stop
at Mike’s house. A good strong coffee and panoramic
views across the valley set the team up for the next
together too, with coats far superior
beautiful day in the Lyth Valley?
a path across fields we rejoined the A5074 and then
off road across the levels, or peatbogs as they were
called in the 18thC.
Lyth History Note:
peatbogs were a valuable source of fuel for the inhabitants
of the area. The peat was hand cut and stacked to dry,
with the surplus sold at markets in Kendal and Milnthorpe
to provide a useful source of income. By the 18th century,
peat digging had become much more commercial, with many
peat cutters and dealers living at Causeway End, south
the Enclosure Acts of 1803 and 1838, concerted efforts
were made to reclaim the peatlands for agriculture.
In the Lyth Valley, ditches were dug to drain the bogs
and create pasture land. Tracks were laid to access
the new fields and these survive today as the long,
straight ‘moss roads' that span the valley floor. The
acidity of the soil was neutralised by adding huge quantities
of quicklime to ‘sweeten' the grass. The quicklime was
produced in kilns, several of which survive around the
edge of Whitbarrow.
route across the levels via the"moss roads"
prevented the need for waders and waterproofs. The previous
days of torrential rain was now evident in newly formed
lakes across the valley, however none of us was tempted
to take a dip!
the Gilpin River provided a good opportunity for a comitibus
photocall. Mike risked setting his camera on the bridge
wall for the greater good and fortunately the wind briefly
walk across the levels in sunshine provided a good opportunity
to fully appreciate the sartorial elegance of James
walking ensemble. Tweed and cords finished off with
his newly acquired ‘trainers’ (entry level brown walking
boots) added a refined element to the usual collection
of rustling synthetic waterproofs and fleece!
and a decision point, forsaking the enticing Wheatsheaf,
we took the Crooked Gate lane and onto Parkend Lane
with the Hare & Hounds our lunchtime target.
Brigsteer is a pretty village, however we marveled at
some of the incongruous additions and extensions.
they would not meet the approval of today's
road between Brigsteer and Levens is known
for its abundant display of snowdrops in
February and later in Spring a profusion
today Mike noticed some curious growths
in the woodland. They looked like mossy
into Levens, John and James took the Church Road route
to The Hare & Hounds, while Mike and I took the
Lowgate route, which proved to be quicker.
3 hours and 8.2miles miles battling the wind we were
ready for the usual warm H&H welcome. Disaster!
Due to renovations and winter opening hours they were
the answer, my friends, was "blowin in the wind".....
i.e. blowing across to Brigsteer and we quickly repaired
to The Wheatsheaf for a splendid steak sandwich and
Thursday 15th January 2015
15th January 2015
climbed in feet:
John Hn, Mike,
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