: The Past President's Visit
friend Kirstie is coming to stay for a few days. Her
husband, Peter, would like to go walking with the BOOTboys.
that will be nice. I'll work out an easy route
for him. Hope he can manage the hills.
do remember that he used to be the President of the
Scottish Mountaineering Society, don’t you?
I’d better ask Bryan and Stan for help.
help they did.
brief they were given was that Peter was familiar with
the Northern Lakes and the Langdales but not Ullswater
and Haweswater areas.
volunteered for Tuesday, Stan for Wednesday.
1 : Tuesday
14th July 2015
happenchance Bryan was wanting to reconnoitre
a route that he will be leading for the Kendal Fellwalkers
A team. Part of this would start from Mardale
Head, Haweswater, go up to Blea Water
then Riggindale Crag and Long Stile before reaching
High Street. Then it would be Mardale Ill Bell,
down to Nan Bield, up to Harter Fell and Kentmere Pike,
down Wrengill, up over the Gatescarth Pass and back
to Mardale Head. It sounded just the job.
looking south to Riggindale
was well as far as Blea Water but then on the steep
climb up Long Stile to High Street I had to rely on
the old JPL technique for keeping up by posing questions
that flower an Edelweiss?
you see the eagle over there? No, I can't either.
a view. Let's have another team picture.
my bum look big in this?
I didn't actually use the last one.
points out the Riggindale features
down on Blea Water
curved round High Street and Mardale Ill Bell to drop
down to the Nan Bield Pass.
on High Street
down to Kentmere
by lunch at the Nan Bield shelter, I made a better fist
of Harter Fell and Kentmere Pike.
made an even better fist of skipping down the other
aim for the Fellwalkers was to find a way
into the Wrengill quarries from the top.
he was frustrated by the difficulty
in interpreting the map he had been given
of the quarry so we stopped for second lunch
in a quarry chamber into which we had climbed
must have given him inspiration as he then
climbed up the workings and discovered a
viable entry point.
of an engine
into the quarry
day ended with a quick up, over and down of Gatescarth
Pass to return to Mardale Head and the car. Bryan
had done a good job in fulfilling his part of the brief.
Would Stan be able to do likewise?
2 : Wednesday
15th July 2015:
favourite part of the southern Lake District is Dovedale,
the ascent of which leads, not surprisingly to
Dove Crag, part of the Fairfield range.
the efforts of the previous day I seemed to be going
along reasonably well. Perhaps the early ascent
of the valley, starting from Hartsop, was gentler. Peter
of course seemed to be taking it all very easily.
is a lovely valley and it is easy to understand why
Stan likes it. As it climbs, it progressively
steepens. Alongside the final ascent is a large
crag in which the Priest's Hole cave is to be found.
up to Dove Crag
Priest's Hole Cave
We had recently met walkers who had explored it
but Stan had never been there. He and Peter were
keen to make the visit. To Martin, Terry and I
it looked a rather exposed approach so we decided to
wait and enjoy the view. Actually, sitting now
in the comfort of my office and examining the photos,
the climb doesn't look as intimidating as it did in
view down Dovedale from neat the Priest's Hole
they survived the adventure and reported back that there
were sleeping bags and food supplies therein so it would
be a good place to rest up for the night. Fortunately,
that wasn't necessary.
rest of the climb was via one of the better man-made
we reached the ridge, I had a rush of blood to the head.
We were passed by a rather younger and athletic
looking man strolling along to the summit. He
had to be taken. I am delighted to report that
he was successfully reeled in and dispatched. Silly
old fool that I am!
with Striding Edge in front of Swirral Edge and Catstycam
then turned back to Hart Crag and Fairfield where it
was a much bigger challenge keeping up with Stan and
Peter. Then on Cofa Pike I was totally blown away
Tarn with Scafells and Gables behind
Pike and St. Sunday's Crag
I don't like Cofa Pike. It is a rocky little
summit with steep drops. It is not too dangerous as
long as you are sensible but you do need to be able
to bound from rock to rock if you want to keep pace
with the experts. It is not my sort of terrain
nor, I suspect, that of Martin and Terry. Peter
and Stan just skipped down it and gained hundreds of
yards on us.
Sunday Crag is a good summit to approach if you are
mentally prepared for the fact that first you have to
overcome a long chain of false summits. The ridge
is quite (but not dangerously) narrow with fine views
in all directions.
descent was via Birks, Arnison Crag and the Ice Cream
Shop in Patterdale.
on the descent to Patterdale
was another splendid walk and I think Peter enjoyed both his
visits to our fells (and the brewery in Staveley).
was a pleasure to have you with us, Mr Past President.
Come back soon and we will show you more parts
of the southern Lake District. But please let
my aching limbs recover first!
his return to Scotland, Peter Macd sent me this dramatic
photo of Stan looking into the Priest's Hole.
14th July 2015
15th July 2015
climbed in feet:
Water, High Street, Mardale Ill Bell,
Harter Fell, Kentmere Pike, Wrengill
Hole, Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Fairfield,
Cofa Pike, St Sunday Crag, Birks,
Don, Peter Macd
Martin, Peter Macd, 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 bb1525i
and bb1525ii .
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