BB1520 : It Takes A Little Longer These Days

Wednesday 2nd June 2015

In 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 target.

We 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.

Windermere, Rydal Water and Grasmere from Nab Scar

The next tops are, in comparison, a doddle. Heron Pike, Great Rigg and Fairfield itself followed in relatively quick succession.

Looking up to Fairfield

It was colder than expected so James excited us by reaching into his rucksack and revealing his... well, let's tell it in verse:

James had Goretex waterproof boots on.
James wore garters and a baseball cap.
James flashed his brand new bright red anorak.
"There," said James "Top that!"

Boots and Garters

Cap and brand new bright red anorak

Next stop Hart Crag and lunch.

In the distance we could see a group of guys heading off down in the Dovedale direction. That is all I thought about them.

Dove Crag, High Pike and Low Pike fell in quick succession.  

Stan had been anticipating the Bad Step but he couldn't remember where it was.

Eventually we found it.  There was no way round, it had to be tackled.  Stan kindly supervised the descents.  

Don't ask me where it is 'cos I can't now remember but I do remember going down it.  A bit of a challenge.

High Brock Crags?

James and the Bad Step

After 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 constructed.

The beauties of Scandale Beck

Comitibus :  On the Pipeline


Cut myself?

What a mess.  It did however provide a bit of a short cut down to the track through Rydal Park and back to the Hall.

The Rydal Hall Grot

Rydal Hall artwork

Later 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.

Did Stan achieve his five hours? Yes, of course, when time-adjusted for stoppages.

Where to celebrate?  We needed a decision.  Now that's something that doesn't take a little longer these days!  To the Badger Bar!

Don, Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Afternote:  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 way round.




Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Distance in miles:

10.5 (Garmin)

Height climbed in feet:

3,735 (Garmin)


Nab Scar, Heron Pike, Great Rigg, Fairfield
Hart Crag, Dove Crag, High Pike, Low Pike


Don, James, John, Martin, Stan, Terry


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