: A Discourse On Paving
22nd July 2015
was at first somewhat disparaging about my suggestion
that we should visit Pen-y-Ghent again, not having been
there since BB0933.
He thought it too short for a “proper walk”. Bryan
then suggested that we add in Plover Hill, which had
been my intention, in order to make it a proper day
was our start point where we saw a group
of squaddies preparing for an expedition.
we would see them again.
we paid a visit to the Norman church.
my uneducated eye, it is a nice old church
but without any features of particular interest.
surprisingly, the residents of the village
think otherwise and describe its history
in great detail on their website
page dedicated to St Oswald.
Oswald's with Pen-y-Ghent behind
approached Pen-y-Ghent by the Brackenbottom route. I
could see some folk ahead and wondered if I should attempt
to reel them in. Actually, I didn’t seem to be
going that strongly so I was relieved to discover they
had two young children with them who want to stop thereby
allowing us old stagers to go through.
heading up the steps to Pen-y-Ghent
I looked back and what should I see coming
up behind us but the army. The soldiers
we had seen in Horton were on the march
up the hill. Should we seek to keep them
looked for a while that Stan would give
them cause to reflect but he decided not
to embarrass them so we let them pass.
annoying were the young lads who came up
next. They didn’t seem to be going that
fast but soon they were well ahead. Of
us, not the squaddies.
did have a chat with one of them, to ask him why he
was carrying a cricket ball in this hand- a seemingly
strange things to do when scrambling up rocks where
four points of contact were essential for me. “So
we can play catch at the top” was the reply. Pretty
is a cairn at the summit with one of those strange signs
that seem all the rage these days.
explained to me how you could photo them
with your mobile phone then use an app to
read what they were trying to tell you.
feel increasingly like a dinosaur. It
seems that not only can I no longer (despite
last week's minor triumph) give chase up
the hill, I don’t understand this new technology.
That's me who was the first person in the
company to use and program a personal computer!
you that was about 45 years ago.
I did understand was that the two people we met on the
way to Plover Hill in the clag were well and truly lost.
Fortunately I had a spare map with me so we gave
it to them and Bryan directed them to the safe way off
the hill. Hopefully they followed his instructions.
descent from the Plover Hill summit had one short section
traversing above an uncomfortably steep drop. We
all survived and likewise managed to cross the Hull
Pot Beck without incident. On the map are marked
“Stepping Stones” but we concluded that this was a reference
to some natural rocks which emulated a stepping
stone appearance rather than a man-made structure for
when the beck was in spate. The rocks were lethally
slippery but fortunately there was no need to use them.
Stepping Stones ( ? )
different type of stepping stones!
countryside round there is fairly desolate moorland,
mostly featureless although we did sometimes see Ingleborough
emerge from the cloud and, likewise, the Pen-y-Ghent
soon there was a real feature, Hull Pot,
about which I had totally forgotten from
our previous visits.
that could be I don’t know as it is quite
a remarkable sight, a huge chasm into
which the beck had disappeared.
we could see and hear a little trickle,
there we could also hear the deep sound
of water running underground, probably through
a large tunnel.
thought for a moment that Stan or Bryan might want to
climb down into it. John and I certainly were not tempted
in the slightest!
returning along the old track we met a farm lass who
had an impressive off road vehicle. She was blocking
the lane whilst her father drove the sheep up then into
a field. Technology hasn’t quite made the sheepdog redundant.
There he was on the back of dad’s quad bike, keeping
the old man company.
father, sheep & dog (hidden on quad
for the discourse on paving. Various attempts
have been made to save the ground from erosion caused
by people undertaking the Pennine Way or the Ribble
Way or undertaking the Three Peaks challenge or just
out walking like us. The paths must take an enormous
amount of hammer and it was interesting to compare the
different techniques that had been taken in various
parts to pave or protect the ground.
first example was a trail of slabs of rock
seemingly and incongruously imported from
Scotland which is rather sad given that
they were set in clear view of the local
(and active quarry).
there were steps of more indigenous looking
the most interesting paving was the path
of large slabs of slate or yellow sandstone
that had obviously been removed from the
floors of old buildings.
could see where the holes had been cut for
the Foxup Moor watershed few people pass that way so
finding any sort of path was a challenge at times.
after the Hull Pot we turned west on a path
that is not marked as being part of the
Pennine Way but must be used by masses of
people who don't see the need to visit Horton
and so take the logical short cut. It is
a Three Peaks route.
was a real motorway, seemingly underlaid
with some sort of mesh and plastic to support
the non-indigenous slate chippings on top.
is easy to be critical of such efforts and deplore the
scarring of the countryside caused by these artificial
means but where there is such a large number of people
regularly passing through, could the alternative of
doing nothing be far worse? On the other hand, some
of these measures can become quite treacherous in bad
conditions, especially when coated with snow or ice,
in which case people do have to be on their guard and
tred with caution.
a sight that could become our new signature photo:
Wednesday 23rd July 2015
Script: Sorry boys, I forgot to take a Comitibus
his return to Scotland, Peter Macd sent me this photo
of Stan looking into the Priest's Hole last week on
22nd July 2015
climbed in feet:
Don, John, Stan
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