: Bry's Got An Ology
25th February 2015
is a website that might amuse those with an interest
in the English language and particularly the meaning
and derivation of words. Its name is Wordsmith
and one of its features is "A Word A Day".
If you subscribe to this (it's free) you will
receive every weekday an email with an unusual word,
its uses and origins. I must confess to having
inserted the odd sample into these reports from time
to time to demonstrate (falsely) how erudite I am.
then my delight in discovering firstly that Bryan would
be joining us this week and secondly that, as a result
of the theme of the week being Words Made With Combining
Forms, the Word of the Day was Bryology. What
a coincidence, I thought. Bryan, of course, was
familiar with the term.
were expecting a fine morning provided we didn't go
too high so opted for Loughrigg, Silver How and Lang
How, the first two being Ws for Terry and the third
being one of my favourite smaller peaks. Just
why it is not a Wainwright defeats me as it is higher
than Lang How. However, unlike the Munros or the
Marilyns, Alf had no structured way of defining what
would or would not qualify for his guide books. Typical
of the man, it was just his idiosyncratic determination
of what he considered worthy.
route we chose for the first was a new one for all of
us which surprised me as I had determined it from the
map to be the most logical way up from Rydal Cave.
thought Stan and Bryan must surely have trod or run
up or down it at least once but not so.
the Comitibus photo at the cave, we took the path up
by the side (actually either side will do) and reached
the summit in surprisingly quick time.
streaks over Windermere
away from Rydal Wwater
rejected the unofficial traverse of the YHA grounds
at High Close, we dropped down to the Loughrigg Terrace.
The short track to the road has a moss covered
wall with a rare and distinctive way of fixing fencing-
protruding stones with holes for posts.
crossing the road, we picked up the familiar path up
by Hammerscar Plantation. From there, I had chosen
the direct route to Silver How, partly because, if the
clag did come down, it is easy to navigate thanks to
the proximity of a wall (although you do have to leave
it for a while to circumnavigate the boggy, mossy area).
other reason is that it is my favourite way up as there
is a 400 foot gully to climb before reaching the top.
That sounds dramatic but it isn't. It is
not so steep to be dangerous and there is zero exposure
to unprotected drops.
Silver How gully
of the gully
lunched near the summit only to find that, whereas we
thought there were seven of us, there were actually
eight. Or at least the remains of the eighth.
A pile of his or her glutinous freeze-thawed ashes were heaped below a
rock. I can understand ashes being taken to a
favourite view point, as indeed has happened on one
Dave Daw. But
why were they not scattered, as Tony did (or tried to),
rather than being left in one unsightly, unsavoury pile?
on Silver How
visit to Lang How was, for me, spoiled by the fact that
I chose the wrong tarn from which to photograph it.
I ignored the first one thinking that it was the
second higher tarn that gave it the impression of a
mini Matterhorn. Wrong. Silly me. Unimpressive
profile from that angle. Still, the short steep
climb to the top was enjoyable.
How as seen from the correct tarn on BB1406
this time the weather had been surprisingly
warm but the clouds were gathering on the
higher hills and the decision to stay low
was proved right.
steep descent to Grasmere was grassy and
with some soft snow still lying near the
top which made things a little awkward for
found a shop with two of his interests-
post boxes and food.
we had to return to Rydal Mount where we
had left the cars.
we chose to do via the Coffin Route which
I assure you was not influenced by the findings
on Silver How
Terry did demonstrate how the resting point
slabs would have been used in days of yore.
Bryan met a man whom he had seen earlier on Loughrigg
where they had discussed the merits of finishing at
the Badger Bar, which was our intention. On this occasion
the man was with his wife, who was introduced to us.
It turned out that it was their 24th wedding anniversary
that day and so, rather than Badger her, he had treated
her to a sandwich from Greggs. Tony was impressed.
was in the Badger Bar where Bryan was moved to explain
to all the meaning of Bryology. First, however,
you must see the photos of the ancient fireplace and
the remarkable gent's lavatory ante-chamber.
are you ready for this? Bryology concerns the
life cycle of a dioecious bryophyte as can be clearly
demonstrated by the diagram that Bryan pulled from his
took a couple of pints for the detail to sink in but
then we realised. It was the study of mosses-
of which we had seen plenty.
reminded me of that Maureen
Lipman advert for
BT: Bry's got an ology!
returned home much the wiser.
Wednesday 25th February 2015
thanks to Bryan for several of the photos
25th February 2015
climbed in feet:
Silver How, Lang How
John H, Martin, Stan, Terry, Tony
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1507 .
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For the totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see: BB Log.
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