: Things I Have Learned
13th May 2015
thing I have learned over the BOOTboys
years is that going up the nose of a hill, intimidating
though it might seem, is often the best way to approach
the summit and seldom is as daunting once on it than
it appears from the bottom.
thing I have learned is that if Stan or Bryan is with
you, there is every chance that they will find an even
more exciting (or should that be exacting) way up.
was to be a Wainwright bagging day for John, who by
the close of play would have completed all the Far Eastern
Fells apart from The Nab. We parked at the lovely
little church of St
in Martindale with the intention of skirting the hill
to tackle Steel End, the nose of Steel Knotts. Then
Stan, spotting a path on the ground, suggested (or should
that read "insisted") that we should go diretissimo. So
we did. And steep it was.
to the left, Stan's diretissimo straight ahead
Peter's Church, Martindale
boys on the climb
factor for me was that I could see a couple, not exactly
young but much younger than me, some distance up and
ahead. It was like the good old days. They
had to be reeled in. So they were. I learned
that I can still do that. Yeah! Silly old
regrouped at the Steel Knotts summit, the
wonderfully named Pikeawassa, where John
had his celebratory picture taken.
photo is a little misleading.
what you might think, in his right hand
he is holding his walking poles whilst his
left hand is reaching for the summit.
James is the one who, despite the fine view,
has his mind on other matters.
quite what you think!
completed, we made our way downwards past Gowk Hill before
the climb to find the High Street Roman Road. Then,
blow me, Stan was at it again. Off we go boys.
Don't worry about trying to find a path. He
had a point, Paths were not to be seen so straight
up we went. Although steep, it did feel safe with
the deep moss underfoot.
we were on the Roman Road and debating where the actual
summit of Wether Hill is- it is quite flat up there
and the computer didn't seem to agree with the OS map.
this was resolved, we continued along the ridge to Loadpot
Hill, the summit of which is easier to find thanks to
both a Boundary Stone and a Trig Point.
it was time to leave the High Street Roman Road and drop
down to Bonscale Pike and, a wee bit further along,
Bonscale Tower, a splendid view point over Ullswater
to the fells to the west.
final Wainwright for the day was Arthur's Pike, another
length (almost) and breadth of Ullswater
We met a couple there who came
up from Cornwall every year, knocking off Ws. They were
doing pretty much the same round as us except that they
were reversing Arthur's Pike and Bonscale to return
to Howtown by a route described by AW but not shown
on the map. I subsequently learned on referring
to the Far Eastern Fells book that he regarded none
of the descents as easy to find and that they are positively
dangerous in mist. Although not misty, I was glad
we were travelling the longer but safer route to the
north then back along a regular track to Howtown before
climbing back up to the church.
patterns on Ullswater
to St Peter's Church, Martindale
celebrations were held in the Greyhound at Shap. Here
I might have been able to impress the boys with another
set of useless information I had leaned about the symbolic
relevance of the animal but I had forgotten it. Later
ensconced in front of my computer I was able to consult
Uncle Google who reminded me about my essay on the subject
: The Greyhound Track)
and the fact that the greyhound was the symbol of the
the pub's website
gives a somewhat different slant on its origin, although
(as featured in our Uncle
visits) did come into it.
did I learn? That's easy. Not to believe everything
that is written on the BOOTboys
website. But then, you already knew that didn't
13th May 2015
13th May 2015
climbed in feet:
Knotts, Wether Hill, Loadpots,
James, John, Martin, Stan
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