: It Takes A Little Longer These Days
2nd June 2015
his pomp Stan could tackle the Fairfield Horseshoe in
just over an hour and a half. Other BOOTboys
(not us!) might have managed it a wee bit faster but
it is still no mean achievement. Today he thought
it might take just a little longer. Five hours was his
tackled the circuit clockwise, the race route direction,
starting from Rydal Hall. Nab Scar, the first
hill, is a brute. I remember it from years ago
and thinking then I am not bothered if I never have
to do it again. I still feel the same. To be fair,
the views are good.
Rydal Water and Grasmere from Nab Scar
next tops are, in comparison, a doddle. Heron Pike,
Great Rigg and Fairfield itself followed in relatively
up to Fairfield
was colder than expected so James excited us by reaching
into his rucksack and revealing his... well, let's tell
it in verse:
had Goretex waterproof boots on.
James wore garters
and a baseball cap.
James flashed his brand new bright
"There," said James "Top
and brand new bright red anorak
stop Hart Crag and lunch.
the distance we could see a group of guys heading off
down in the Dovedale direction. That is all I thought
Crag, High Pike and Low Pike fell in quick
had been anticipating the Bad Step but he
couldn't remember where it was.
we found it. There was no way round,
it had to be tackled. Stan kindly
supervised the descents.
ask me where it is 'cos I can't now remember
but I do remember going down it. A
bit of a challenge.
and the Bad Step
that excitement it was a gentle stroll back but around
the Sweden Bridge area there was an awful lot of awful
ground disturbance where large machinery had been doing
things and blue pipes were in abundance . We guessed,
rightly as it turned out, that a water turbine was being
beauties of Scandale Beck
a mess. It did however provide a bit of a short
cut down to the track through Rydal Park and back to
Rydal Hall Grot
we met the four guys we had seen earlier. They
had been to inspect the Priest's
Hole Cave. That's
something I had never heard of. Must go up from
Dovedale one day to see it.
Stan achieve his five hours? Yes, of course, when time-adjusted
to celebrate? We needed a decision. Now
that's something that doesn't take a little longer these
days! To the Badger Bar!
Wednesday 3rd June 2015
Bryan has referred me to AW's page 2 of Low Pike,
clearly showing the Rock Step, as he calls it, 400 feet
below Low Pike. He also describes an alternative
3rd June 2015
climbed in feet:
Scar, Heron Pike, Great Rigg, Fairfield
Crag, Dove Crag, High Pike, Low Pike
James, John, Martin, Stan, Terry
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1520
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.
can navigate to the required report via the Home
have been gleaned from many sources
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