: The Crash Test Dummies
16th September 2015
service occasionally offered by the BOOTboys is to act,
in exchange for appropriate fee of course, as Crash
Test Dummies. That was our role today.
was glorious and perhaps we should have been on
the high hills but bad weather was forecast for later
in the day. It never arrived but that didn't matter.
We were on a mission.
has commissioned Mark
Richards to compile
guide leaflets for walks for guests from his hotel-
Linthwaite House, near Bowness, overlooking Windermere.
Mark had known Alfred Wainwright (as had Stan)
and his style is clearly influenced by him (by AW, not
Stan, Tony and I, were to act as Crash Test Dummies
for a draft of a new leaflet.
Our fee? A down
payment of Linthwaite's famous sausages followed by
gold on successful completion.
excepting lunch stops, Tony just does as he is told
as far as directions are concerned, which made him the
ideal candidate to be the tour leader, using the instructions
as his guide. Somewhat to our surprise, he set
off in the right direction and generally maintained
this fine performance all day long!
points the way
No It's Not!
first part of the walk is the worst. Down the
hill from the hotel to the ferry. The problem
is that it is mostly road and there are few footpaths.
Care needs to be taken on the bends where visibility
is limited. Also don't be fooled by the sign that
seems to say "Ferry Closed". Unless
it is lit up, it isn't.
the landing stage everything becomes much easier. We
arrived just in time to miss the ferry. Frustratingly,
the barrier was lowered and the motor chugged into life
as we approached. It took twenty minutes before
it returned but it was a beautiful day so it was no
hardship to be sat at the waterside with fine views
up and down the lake.
view up the lake
on the other side, the first feature was the Claife
Viewing Station. This was built for 19th century
travellers to have a fine view of the lake or, according
to the posters, to attend a lantern-lit party.
The site is being slowly
restored by the National Trust. There is now a
at the entrance gate and it is a short climb from it
to the stone built Viewing Station. Unfortunately
it is in a state of serious disrepair and is fenced
off but steel beams have been inserted not just to prevent
collapse but, it would seem, to enable restoration.
However, it is easy to see its attraction as a
viewpoint up and down the lake.
the lake to Ill Bell and pals
the lake to Gummer's How
next stage of the walk was a surprisingly steep and
longish climb up the wooded hill, not to be undertaken
lightly by those of limited mobility. Once the
top has been reached, it is a pleasant and much more
gentle descent to Far Sawrey whilst enjoying the open
views. On reaching the village we passed Braithwaite
Hall- a 17th
century building now used as the Village Hall.
our surprise, Tony
was not tempted to stray into the Cuckoo Inn but led
us down to St Peter's Church with its strangely striped
Next, across the fields to Near
Sawrey and Beatrix Potterland. We didn't visit
her house, Hill Top, as not all of us had our National
Trust cards with us. Nor did we go in The Tower
Arms even though it was by now approaching noon. Instead
we pressed on up a track to a junction.
Mr Richards suggests tuning right to return to Far Sawrey
but he does mention an option to continue up to Moss
Eccles Tarn and then Wise Een Tarn. We think that
should be the main objective, the turning being simply
a device to shorten the walk if necessary. Wise Een Tarn should
be the highlight. Not only is it an attractive
tarn and an ideal picnic spot, it offers tremendous
open views over the Lake District, round from Coniston
Old Man, past Wetherlam, the Crinkles, Bowfell and on
to the Langdales.
returned to the junction where the recommended track
took us back to Far Sawrey. Again Tony avoided
the temptations of the Cuckoo but I could not let them
leave the village without treating the boys to an ice cream at an
attractive new little café
cunningly named Hill Stop.
was a climb up a track that led to a path dropping down
to the side of the lake where a footpath has been installed
to protect walkers from the traffic on the very narrow
road. En route we had a distant view of the Arts
and Crafts house Blackwell.
again we arrived at the ferry just in time to see it
depart. But again it was no hardship. The
sun was still shining and there are far worse places to linger
awhile whilst watching a wedding party sail by.
don't know why but the climb back up the hill to the
hotel seemed a lot less daunting than when we came down
at Linthwaite, we Crash Test Dummies gave Mike a few
suggestions which we thought might help readers.
leaflet is very Wainwrightian in design, both in the
style of the drawings and the long paragraphs. Regarding
the nature of the instructions, personally I would have
preferred a more terse "•
of provision of directions rather than his more wordy descriptions
but, on the other hand, it is intended for those unfamiliar
with the area.
Tony managed to take us round without undue problem
so it must be good! The author deserves hearty congratulations
a useful guide to an interesting walk through fine countryside
featuring several particular points of interest coupled
with exceptional Lakeland views. How's that for
the use of adjectives?!
you recall, payment for completion of the Crash Test
Dummy exercise was to be made in gold.
the terrace at Linthwaite in the afternoon sunshine,
gazing up the lake to the fells, we looked forward to
our reward and were not disappointed.
was not delivered in nuggets, nor in a crock nor a casket.
Simply in a bottle.
Liquid Lakeland Gold,
Wednesday 16th September 2015
reading your report on climbing Helvellyn recently [BB1531],
I could not help be struck
by the similarity between Terry and Jack Nicholson. I wonder if they are related; and if the
BOOTboys will be undertaking a remake of The Shining?
Q. Stenchfizzer III
Wednesday 16th September 2015
plus 0.6 on ferry
climbed in feet:
& Far Sawrey, Wise Een Tarn
Don, Mike, Stan, Tony,
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1532 .
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.
I apologise if I have
failed to acknowledge properly the source or infringed
copyright. Please let me
know and I will do my best to put things right.
otherwise, please feel free to download the material
if you wish.
A reference back to this website
would be appreciated.
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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