: Alpaca Mac
4th November 2015
did the llama say when he was preparing for a walk in
we did think it might rain, albeit lightly. Indeed we
had been led to expect it but come the day mist seemed
the more likely problem. So we decided to stay
low but I did pack a mac just in case.
wasn’t needed and the mist was much less of an issue
than we had anticipated. Indeed, as we drove to
Killington to meet John we could see at least the bottom
90% of the Howgills. With James and me was a Howgill
virgin, Terry, who was obviously expecting the worst
as, for the first time that I can recall, he wasn't
wearing shorts. Also with us was a potential new
had devised a route suited for mists and mellow fruitfulnesses,
starting from his house. This led us past Killington
Hall and north across fields to Greenholme. It
soon became clear that a major challenge of the day
was to cross the fields without falling in the very
muddy, slippery, patty areas, particularly near the
gates. Clearly the cows haven’t been taken in
was near here that we met the Alpacas. Lots of
them. And seemingly very friendly as well as cute.
None offering to carry our bags though- that is
the job of the llamas.
crossing Killington New Bridge we more or less followed
the River Lune (and the Dales Way) northwards to Lincoln’s
Inn Bridge, onward to pass under the magnificent and
sadly disused railway viaduct and up to misleadingly
named house, Height of Winder. The Foot of Winder,
up the River Lune
was now very little cloud on the Howgills and John’s
plan was to climb Winder so we did.
a fine viewpoint this is although photos do not do it
justice due to the mist that was once again swirling.
was taken at the top and then a decision was needed.
Should we follow John’s plan or should we first
head north and capture Arant Haw and maybe even more
tops? The weather made the decision for us.
cloud enveloped us so we did the sensible thing and
dropped down into Sedbergh.
fine Sedbergh residence
each bale to form a well known phrase
and James had been some way in front so when we reached
the main road we were unsure whether they had gone right
or left. Inspiration then struck. They had done
neither. They were propping up the bar in the
Dalesman ready to demonstrate to Robin their idea of
are getting shorter so a long initiation ceremony was
out of the question. We set off through town and gown.
Wednesday afternoon means sports which at Sedbergh
means rugby. Or at least it did before girls were
let in. Various other activities were now taking
place but there were still quite a few lads preparing
to take on the visiting teams.
School from Winder
away team huddle
Sedbergh rugby field
followed the River Rothay bank westwards for some time,
passing another fine, erstwhile railway bridge and close
by but not seeing the wonderful Brigflatts
bridge over River Rothay
returned to Killington New Bridge then continued south
along the River Lune, new territory for me, passing
a weir where salmon were trying hard to get up but I
don’t think any succeeded whilst we were there.
you see the salmon on the weir?
footpath goes through the middle of
High Strangerthwaite, the path takes a strange route
through what seems to be the middle of a house that
is currently under renovation then over very slippery
slate slabs. From there it was a short walk back
up to Killington and the car.
to have had you with us, Robin, and we hope you will
join us again- if you can put up with the awful jokes.
A word of advice. If it looks like rain,
take something waterproof. I will. Alpaca
Wednesday 4th November 2015
4th November 2015
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map / OS)
Don, James, John Hn, Robin, Terry
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1537 .
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
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see which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
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