: The Axemen Cameth
that Wansfell is to Ambleside what St. Paul's is to London
pause for a moment to ponder what did he mean by this
enigmatic statement? After all, whilst I don't
know his acquaintance with London, he is some authority
on the Lake District having more than double the number
of Lakeland hills catalogued under his name than does
you, his yardstick for inclusion is a modest
1,000 feet whereas AW's was rather more
from Castle Crag.
am not sure if Birkett meant a
significant feature on the skyline or an excellent view point
from which to view the environs. Or an interesting
I am sure about is that given iffy weather Wansfell is a good
peak to visit with an interesting way up and a gentle
way down (whether or not you drop down to Troutbeck
to visit the Mortal Man).
However if, like Terry,
you are on the Wainwright trail (and presumably
also on the Birkett trail even though you didn't realise
it) you have to turn your back on the excellent view
(if you can see it) and carry on along the ridge to
the actual summit, Baystones, which, in contrast, is
rather a disappointment.
if you are like John, then on a day like today, it's
an opportunity to try out your brand new Grivel Helix
ice axe in benign conditions whilst Don reminds himself
how to use Bryan's old wooden shafted one.
may have gathered that there was snow on the ground
albeit not whilst we walked up by the Stockghyll waterfalls
where Tony spotted a heron looking for its breakfast.
onto the fell, it was quite cold and rather gloomy with
an increasing cover of ice and snow as we climbed higher.
the hill stile
films the fells
of us who had microspikes donned them. Those who
hadn't had to make do with instep crampons and the vow
to bring the proper jobs next time.
little gully presented no problems and we posed at the
Wansfell summit for the Comitibus photo.
ridge walk to Baystones is quite undulating which gave
John and I the opportunity to throw ourselves down not
too steep slopes in an effort to master the axes. We
must have been impressive as a lady following us asked
if she could have a go and, of course, we agreed. She
was a game old girl.
us a kiss!
ponies with Windermere behind
conquered, we dropped down to the Hundreds Road, where
we met a couple of fell ponies, then returned back along
high level trail via High Skeghyll to the Jenkin Crag
viewpoint and down to Ambleside.
from Jenkin Crag
what Bill Birkett should have said is that Wansfell
is to Ambleside what the Hawkshead Brewery is to Staveley.
And that to both, the Axe Men (and their pals)
Wednesday 21st January 2015
of the hills named Birkett Hill is a "Birkett"
nor are they named after Bill. However
there is a good reason.
The Battle of Birkett Hills.
21st January 2015
climbed in feet:
Don, James, John Hn,
routes are put online in gpx format which
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For the totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see: BB Log.
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