: What Happened To The Clag?
27th May 2015
is happening to the weather forecasts? Yet again
the forecast did not live up to its evil billing and
had we known in advance,we would probably have gone
with John missing, we were still able to help Terry
to pull two back on their comparative Wainwright counts.
Fell and Black Crag make a good circuit for poor weather,
especially when the Hodge Close Quarry and the Cathedral
Cave are thrown in for good measure. Plus, there
is the passing-by of one of Lakeland's most frequented
attraction- Tarn Hows.
didn't expect the weather to be poor on Holme Fell as
we set off from near Glen Mary Bridge but nor we did
expect to be able to see the tops of Coniston Old
Man, Wetherlam and all the other local peaks. They
were supposed to be enshrouded in clag with rain to
about 3 p.m.. In fact they were virtually cloud
free, making us wonder what we were doing down low.
crag from Holme Fell climb
round to Fairfield from Holme Fell
Holme Fell we passed the two small reservoirs before
reaching Hodge Close Quarry.
It seemed to be Abseil
Day. We first met a man who had just climbed the
steep path out of the quarry, puffing and observing
that abseiling down was a lot easier then climbing back
out. Those in charge appeared to be lowering a
young girl down the sheer cliff face.
little further along were mum, dad and two lads aged
about 8, all properly kitted out for their leap into
preferred a safer way down- the old trolley trail. The
descent and ascent were enlivened by a "walk the
log" test which, much to my amazement, I think
I won! The view at the bottom did not need enlivening.
It is quite spectacular.
the end of the trolley track
old timers (Photo courtesy of Alistair
and Hawkshead National Trust
for more information.
ancient workings were then passed as we then sought out the
Cathedral Quarry which is also spectacular.
conquers Black Crag
from Black Crag
lunching outside the quarry, overlooking Little Langdale,
we set off east for the second Wainwright for Terry.
The increasingly steep climb from Hollin Bank
led to that point: Black Crag (although AW prefers
to call it Black Fell).
return to the car was via an unusual route round Torver
Intake to Tarn Hows. Maybe it was my sheltered
upbringing but I don't remember seeing goslings before.
be fair to the forecasters, around this time the clag
was coming down on the high hills and the first hint
of the rain arrived. After we reached the
Brown Horse at Winster it started to pour down.
But by then it was our insides that were being
Wednesday 27th May 2015
of the discussion today concerned Nepal, not surprisingly
since this was the first time we had seen Bryan since
his return just a week before the disaster. Terry,
if you recall, had returned a few days earlier and,
between them, they had much on which to reflect.
coincidence Philip e-mailed me with an evocative video clip of the
"before and after" as produced by Rotary Club
of Dhulikhel. Click on the picture
for remarkable photos and videos of the
27th May 2015
climbed in feet:
(OS / Memory Map)
Fell, Hodge Close Quarry
Cave, Black Crag
Martin, 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 bb1519
discover which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
- although it may not be that up to date - or for the totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see the Excel
file: BB Log.
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