: The Somnambulist and the Mells
17th June 2015
Wordsworth is often cited as one of the Lake District's
and maybe England's greatest poets but how many of his
most people recall?
bit about "host of golden daffodils" (which
to my surprise were around Ullswater and not Dora's
field at Rydal) and maybe that odd description of Westminster
bridge, "Earth hath nothing to show more fair",
and that is about it. However
amongst his vast repertoire, mostly of vast length, is
one I had not previously encountered- The
written circa 1833. This
is an Arthurian type tale set by Aira
Force and inspired by a sleepwalking lady in the 18th
neo-gothic house, Lyulphs Tower overlooking Ullswater.
ye who pass by Lyulphs Tower
eve; how softly then
Aira-force, that torrent hoarse.
from the woody glen!
music for a solemn vale!
holier seems the ground
him who catches on the gale
spirit of a mournful tale,
in the sound.
poem then goes on (at length) to tell the tale of Sir
Eglamore and his lady who. distraught by his absence,
sleep She sometimes walked abroad".
his return he finds her, or her ghost, plunged into
the foaming torrent. He rescues her but alas too
we passed over Aira Force and above Lyulphs Tower, no
sign was there of such sad happenings so on we pressed
around then up Gowbarrow.
is quite possibly the best way to see Ullswater without
too much effort although the path is a little exposed
had been an unusually late start due to the inclement
weather of the morning dispersing by mid afternoon.
In fact it hadn't dispersed as much as we had
been led to expect but at least it was dry as Terry
bagged his first Wainwright of the day before we returned
by the side of Aira Beck and its falls to the car.
no somnambulist to be seen.
more Ws to go and, seeing as time was tight, we drove
to Brownrigg farm for the circuit of the Mells.
and Little Mell from Gowbarrow
sooner was the ascent of Great Mell (W2) completed
than one of our number took a telephone call. He
was, it transpired, expected back in Kendal for dinner
with friends that evening and it was already close to
options were considered, the conclusion being that the
capture of the third and final Wainwright of the day
took priority as did dining with the boys but it would
help if we could shorten the other activities so that
some degree of face could be salvaged by his late arrival
at the host's house for post-prandial activities.
Mell from Great Mell
Mell from Little Mell
rather than walk, we drove to the foot of Little Mell
where a quick & cold up & down was performed
(in Stan's case exceptionably quick down- I think he
was re-living former fell-running glories) following
which off we all went to the Brotherswater Inn for monster
platters; in my case the biggest piece of gammon I have
seen in many a year.
our late arriving friend didn't get into so much trouble
that, with disturbed mind, he became a somnambulist.
I rather doubt it. That's not at all like James!
Wednesday 17th June 2015
17th June 2015
climbed in feet:
Great Mell Fell, Little Mell Fell
James, Stan, Terry
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