So Keen ?
8th October 2015
could be the last chance to travel to the Northern Lakes
in decent weather before the clocks go back and days
ran the mantra that sent us up past Windermere where
the sun was burning the mist off the lake.
clearing beyond Windermere
we went, round the top of Derwent Water and down to
Little Town in the Newlands Valley. Our objective?
We were keen to tackle the Newlands Round.
up the valley to Hindscarth
got off to a bad start.
for Martin, it seemed in danger of being
his gps wouldn’t work despite having
charged his batteries the night before.
worse, one of the lacing rings came
out of his brand new boots.
no third Bad Thing befell him.
purist might say that the Newlands Round ought not include
Cat Bells but why escapes me.
baffles me further is why Wainwright considers Cat Bells “a
family fell where grandmothers and infants can climb
the heights together.”
Cat Bells summit
patterns seen from Cat Bells
it is one of the best viewpoints in the Lakes but they
would need to be a pretty tough family- the ascent is
seriously steep in parts. Most grannies I know
would definitely not be so keen. “Grannies and
infants beware” would be my advice. School parties,
however, are another matter. I first climbed it
when at school camp in Borrowdale (quite a long time
ago!) and it was good to see that the tradition continues.
back over Derwent Water to Keswick and Skiddaw
route continued along the ridge to Maiden Moor and on
to High Spy, a fell on which Stan is so keen he
named his house after it. Unfortunately, the promised
nice day melted away to be replaced by cold wind and
nasty rain, albeit not very heavy.
weather coming from the south
Spy in the worsening weather
rain did not last long but the grey
clouds and the cold wind continued.
Weather about which we were definitely
not so keen.
Dale Head Tarn there was a debate as
to whether to take the direct (i.e.
short and steep) route up to the summit
or the ridge (i.e. long but gentle).
wanted to be seen to be the one wimping
out but somehow the consensus was to
take the longer route.
Dale Head Tarn
back across the tarn to Skiddaw
reaching Dale Head, we dropped down a little in the
lee of the wind but not so far as to tumble the 500
feet drop to the valley below.
Head in improving weather
over Great Gable
we had lunch, enjoying the spectacular view down the
Newlands valley and across to the Skiddaw Fells. Definitely
a view in the keen kategory However at this point
Bryan joined the Not So Keen klan. His Keen boots
were coming apart. To be fair, they have been well used
though only 7 months old.
from Dale Head in improving weather
boot koming apart
was still too cold to linger so we soon pressed on to
Hindscarth by which time the weather was rapidly improving.
There was a very short debate as to whether we
should retrace our steps a little to then tackle Robinson
but wiser heads were not so keen.
in glorious sunshine we descended the long ridge to
the valley. This was not a doddle. There
were stretches where the narrow path traversed the steep
hillside and care was needed. Even more care was
needed on some of the rocky sections where, again to
quote someone (I thought it was AW but I can't now find
it) that feet, hands and elbows would all be needed.
bottom to that list.
back up Newlands valley
markings in the bracken below Maiden
the bottom (of the hill, not on the hill) our two experts
had a disagreement as to which was the quicker way back
to the car. As Bryan took his followers off up
the valley to a bridge across the beck, we warned that
we might not be back first as Stan and I wanted to have
a look at Newlands Church.
did that and still got back to the car fist. And
no, we did not run. Bryan graciously accepted
defeat and we repaired to the Swinside Inn.
back to Hindscarth
sit outside with a pint, watching the sun setting over
8th October 2015
Regarding the Keen boot problems:
believe I was just unlucky with the lace hook rivet giving up -
Castleberg Outdoors in Settle haven't had it reported before. They
have been exceptional in their positive customer service and apologies
and deserve full credit. I have a new replacement pair of boots, collected
today, ready for breaking in with a walk in the Ribble Valley tomorrow.
has had a similar positive experience: I took them back to Lakeland Great Outdoors at Plantation Bridge
who replaced them for me there and then.
Both are very keen on the way their suppliers have
managed the problem. Let's hope that keeness on
Keen is now fully restored.
8th October 2015
climbed in feet:
Bells, Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head,
Don, John Hn, Martin, 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 bb1534 .
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- 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.
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