: YIFT 'n' PODA
your image of a typical Scandinavian?
Blond? Good looking woman? Strong handsome man?
quite the image that we saw today.
first, the outing.
the prospect of a bright, cold day albeit with a strong
northerly wind, we were pleased to discover that Terry
had not yet notched up the Kentmere peaks on his Wainwright
drive to Troutbeck yielded spectacular views to the
parked near the church and the sun was just touching
the tops of the hills as we set off up the Garburn Pass.
we climbed the Pass we started to reach the icy patches
then the snow line. Microspikes were donned before we
turned on to the trail that led us over Yoke, Ill Bell
over Troutbeck village
has his valet fit his crampons
was bitterly cold in the wind, which blew extremely
strongly at times. Nonetheless the air was clear and
the views of the Lakeland Hills spectacular.
back to Windermere
back to Ill Bell
we reached the High Street Roman Road the plan had been
to use it for the return. However, we had been
going well. The opportunity for Terry to complete the
and notch up a fourth W was too good to miss so we progressed
as far as Thornthwaite Beacon before marching back like
the finest Legionnaires.
had been a good outing and one on which to reflect over
a pint at the Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley.
we were sitting quietly supping our beer and noting
the sun- (or was it wind-) burn on our faces, a coach
rolled up and disgorged into the Brewery 40 or so individuals
who looked (and looked as if they felt) somewhat out
of place. They were all dressed in dark coats or dark
jackets; most were of around average height, dark haired
and many with bellies that suggested that perhaps they
were in the right place after all. It quickly
became apparent that they were being split into two
groups to be taken on a guided tour of the brewery.
It seemed that they would have been more interested
in product than process.
asked one of them what the group was and received the
response “We are fencers from Scandinavia”. We
took this at face value albeit thinking that you would
expect such men and women, skilled in foil, épée
and rapier, to be of more athletic build. Tall, blond
and handsome they were not.
we noticed the bus driver sitting quietly
in the corner, sensibly without a beer in
front of him, so we asked him to explain.
said they are fencers- they work for a company
that specialises in chicken mesh fencing
and the like and they are over here on a
jolly (presumably for having erected more
yards of fencing than their colleagues).
didn’t look that jolly- more like bewildered
as to what was going on.
we left before they had finished the tour so maybe someone
brightened their day with a jar or five of the brewery’s
finest ales before they staggered off to their next
they enjoyed their tour of Lakeland as much as we enjoyed
Wednesday 4th February 2015
Scandinavian humour is well illustrated by a Comedy
posting on YouTube under the heading Poda
a Relief !
our fame spreads.
nettles and cows - just some of the hazards the BOOTboys
could have been caught out with on a quiet afternoon
stroll, but thanks to spotting our health and safety
belief on a gateway, they stayed safe and sound."
reads an article in the United Utilities intranet magazine
under the title:
a Relief the BOOTboys
spotted Our Belief
continues with an account of our exploits and a link
back to the original report of BB1427.
To read the rest of the United Utilities article
click on the photo of Terry and Mike below.
safe out there, folks!"
4th February 2015
climbed in feet:
Ill Bell, Froswick
Bryan, Don, James,
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1504 .
discover which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
- although it may not be that up to date - see: Which
For the totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see: BB Log.
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