: Good Day, Sunshine
30th July 2015
Beer” was Tony’s promise. After the walk, we were
to repair to a pub (the name of which will, for the
moment, remain unmentioned) in Coniston "where
they know me and give me the local’s prices”.
on!” we cried and agreed to cut short the walk to make
the most of it.
was still plenty of room at the Walna Scar Road car park
as we set off on what promised to be a three-quarters
decent day. The sun threatened to shine so cream
was applied. Stan and I looked resplendent in our 40
year old Rohan tops.
the Walna Road
plan had been to tackle Dow Crag, which John and Terry
needed for their Wainwright tally, from the top of the
Walna Scar Road (it's an old track, really), up Brown Pike
and Buck Pike.
Crag comes into view
Bryan had a different idea- that
we should turn off earlier for Blind Tarn and then climb
the steep grassy hill to the ridge. Stan had an
even more extreme proposition of ascending by a Wainwright
route that climbed up through the crags. Neither
really appealed to me but I was willing to go to Blind
Tarn and have a look-see.
we missed the track and found ourselves at the top of
the Walna Scar Road exactly like the original plan.
A discussion ensued. We four wimps decided
to stick with the original plan whilst the heroes, Bryan
and Stan, would go the Blind Tarn route. Weren't
we glad we didn't?!
the ridge we looked down and couldn’t imagine how they
would get up to join us. Eventually they did.
Unscathed. Then told us that they had actually
climbed a gully that we couldn’t have managed but the
proposed route, although steep, would have been ok.
Hmm. I have no regrets.
view of Blind Tarn
way up from Blind Tarn!
had been apprehensive about the Dow Crag summit. My
recollection was of a short ledge that had to be crossed
with a 1,000 foot drop to the right. I saw where it
was and realised that with a bit of relatively safe
boulder-climbing I could reach the top without exposure.
on the summit climb
day was now becoming a cracker apart from the fact that a cold
wind was blowing along the tops. Once out of it, we
were in danger of getting hot as the sun was belting
views were extensive and you could just make out, to
the west, the
Isle of Man and its Calf;
that Blackpool Tower across the Leven estuary?
that Ingleborough far beyond Coniston Water?
definitely the Scafells
that the Isle of Man beyond Harter Fel?
dropped down to Goat’s Hawse for lunch.
Man to the left, Goat's Water middle, Dow Crag right;
from Goat's Hawse.
German ladies passed by. "Hello" they
I replied. That surprised them.
did wonder about launching into one of the only two
pieces of German I remember from school which, translated,
me to be somewhat helpful to you if you should have
any sort of difficulty" It is a sentence
I have used one, fairly recently, at a Munich railway station to the
consternation of an old lady with a suitcase. Here,
however, it could have been misconstrued.
other sentence would have been even less useful, that
of Herr Weber coming home from the office somewhat earlier
than usual with tickets for the theatre that his colleague
hadn't needed and so had given him. On the other
Nein, Goethe's Götz von Berlichingen
was not likely to be their Tasse Tee.
path to the Old Man
Crags and Goat's Water
this learned conversation, we made the comparatively
easy climb to Coniston Old Man summit which was quite
Old Man summit
across Levers Water
than take the tourist route down, we followed a faint
but safe and almost cloudless path south to the Walna Scar
Road. The car parks were overflowing and some rather
nice cars were left in places for which they were not
designed. Not surprisingly for the time of year and
the fact that it was still a very sunny day.
men on the
village, quarry and Water
for the pub. The young barman looked disinterested.
Tony said something to the effect that “I am a
local and I claim the right to have the beer at the
for locals”. The barman shrugged and carried on
said Tony, “My niece Hermione Thrumbuttle drinks in
here every evening." Barman totally unimpressed.
had my wedding reception here,” Tony went on desperately but was
clearly getting nowhere. Mind you, that wedding
reception was not only before the barman was born, it
was probably before his father was born. 1970.
So sadly full price had to be paid. For a total
cost of 60p, that barman has put at risk all of Tony’s
future custom. It could be another 45 years before
he pays his next visit.
had been a good day but, for Tony at least, The Sun
had lost its shine.
Thursday 30th July 2015
Ascent of Mera Peak
visited the Himalayas in March to climb Mera Peak, all
21,108 feet of it. Having succesfully achieved
his objective, he returned home only a few days before
in the circumstances, at first he was reluctant to write
about his exploits but now feels able to share the experience
read about Bryan's expedition, click on Mera
30th July 2015
climbed in feet:
Crag, The Old Man of Coniston
Don, John, Stan, Terry, Tony
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1527 .
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
from me and other BOOTboys. Likewise written comment.
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see which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
may or may not be up to date!
For the latest totals
of the mileages, heights and Lakeland Fells Books Wainwrights see: Wainwrights.
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