: The Limestone Part of the Link
2nd April 2015
of the less well known Long Distance Walks is the Limestone
was very concerned, thinking I had lost my marbles in
contemplating a 36 miler seeing as he, and others, had
to be back home by 4 p.m.. If that weren't bad
enough, we first had to drive to the Cotswolds for the
start. And then return from the Mendips.
had in mind is the rather shorter and even less well
known Cumbrian one, stretching only 13 miles from Arnside
to Kirkby Lonsdale.
It's not all on limestone. In fact, its first
section from Arnside to Hazleslack can be exceedingly
boggy as we found out on BB1403.
Also the stretch from Hutton Roof to Kirkby Lonsdale
looked as if it could get a bit muddy. But the bits inbetween are
mainly on limestone which does tend to drain better
than most surfaces.
Limestone part of the Cumbrian Link, therefore, seemed to be
a good solution for finding somewhere reasonably dry
underfoot after all the rain we have suffered in the
last few days and permitting an early finish.
we could find nowhere to park at Hazleslack so had to
add a bit on, beginning from Carr Bank. That just
meant we had to walk a little bit faster.
first feature was Hazelslack Tower which I have passed
several times before but never noticed its guardian
path led us through Underlaid Wood to Fairy Steps which
seemed narrow than on previous visits. Or am I
section from Slack Head to Hale was quite new to me
and made slightly more difficult to navigate due to
the rotten state of several of the fingerposts.
looks at the sign post and it falls over! MIke
get the distinct impression that someone doesn't want
you there. Fortunately the way markers improved as we
got deeper into the attractive woodland growing over
an impressive set of clints and grikes.
inspects the clints and grikes
Hale we found a house outside which was a plaque that
surpised us. It is dedicated to John Taylor 1808
- 1897. The text tells us that he was a "Prophet,
seer, revelator, and the third and only English-born
President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
to read his story
checks out the fishing
on the road
on the canal
crossed the valley to Holme and emerged on
we found historian and local politician Roger
Bingham banging in posters for the lady fighting the forthcoming election.
more interested in discussing another lady, Lady
Anne Clifford (see below), about whom RB has written
history lesson ensued. Following the
interment of Richard III at Leicester Cathedral,
which is the only British monarch not buried
in a Cathedral?
at Holmepark Fell, we stopped for lunch and debated
whether or not to leave the official route and visit
Farleton Knott. In the end we decided that we
didn't have time so pressed on towards Hutton Roof via
the surprisingly Germanic sounding Uberash Plain (Überraschung
is German for surprise).
This was a pleasant section on a lightly wooded
path with clear views over to The Howgills, Middleton
Fell and down to Ingleborough.
walk concluded with the descent through the limestone
cliffs via the wonderfully named Blasterfoot Gap and
down to the village.
can recommend this Limestone Link. Next
time- the Cotswolds to the Mendips?
Thursday 2nd April 2015
Anne's Crypt Opened
readers will be aware of Tony's love affair
with Lady Anne Clifford whose tomb is at
St Lawrence's Church, Appleby, where she
was laid to rest in 1676.
therefore, how he felt to learn from the
BBC that recent heavy rain has meant that
her crypt had to be opened for repairs due
immediately contacted the church to see
if he could visit the crypt but was informed
that it had only been open for 24 hours
as part of the work make the church more watertight
and that a pipe has been put inside the crypt to drain water
then made contact with Fred Cameron
a Penrith photographer, who had been allowed
into the crypt. Fred has kindly permitted
us to use a couple of his photos.
quoted The Rev Sarah Lunn, team Rector for the Heart of
Eden team ministry, as saying: "There's been a sense
of reverence throughout all of this important work.
When all the work is completed we will of course conduct
a special service for the reburial of any disarticulated
and ancient bones."
further information about Tony's interest in this remarkable
plus shorter items in BB1305
Greetings from Panboche
reported on Sunday 29th March:
We have just completed the 7th day of the trek and legs
& heart are doing well - but not sleeping great!
The trail has been hard and tomorrow we are tackling the
Ama Dablam base camp. The route is 3 hours up and mostly on snow.
The views have been absolutely spectacular and will send
one to follow - if wifi permits!
did permit, see his photo of Ama Dablam from the Monastery
in Tengboche (below right), although he still has not
been able to update his blog Everest Base Camp and Much More.
from which the information below was gleaned.
is a village in Khumjung in the Khumbu region
of northeastern Nepal, located at 3,867
metres (12,687 ft). In the village is an
important Buddhist monastery, Tengboche
Monastery, which is the largest gompa in
the Khumbu region.
Norgay, the first man to reach the summit
of Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary,
was born in the area in the village of Thani
and was once sent to Tengboche Monastery
to be a monk.
Dablam from the Monastery in Tengboche
is located about 3 kilometres northeast of Tengboche
at an altitude of 13,074 feet (3,985 m). It is base
camp for climbing nearby Ama Dablam.
2nd April 2015
climbed in feet:
Don, John Hn, Mike, Tony
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should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1512 .
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- although it may not be that up to date - or for the totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see the Excel
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