: The Township Revisited
13th December 2015
challenge to Martin when he volunteered to plan our
last outing of the year was to make sure we climbed a minimum of
A modest target but vital if we were
to pass the 100,000 feet mark- the first time
that would have been achieved since the glory year of
2010 (albeit an Everest lower than then). Last
year we failed by just 404 feet.
weren't that bothered about trying to compete with 2014
on mileage- it would have taken a 16 miler to beat last
year's total (and over 100 to match 2010).
in October I thought we would have easily achieved both
objectives but the recent awful weather has intervened.
main constraint today was not the ascent required but the
state of the ground. Raging streams were best avoided
for fear of your life. Most of the Lake District
would be exceedingly damp underfoot even if you were
not washed away. And that assumes you could get
there in the first place- it will be a long time before the
road along Thirlmere is in action again for cars.
solution, of course, is limestone and as he lives on
the edge of Whitbarrow, it is little wonder that
this was where he led us.
has been made before about Martin's involvement with
the charitable trust that maintains the Township, as
the enclosures on Whitbarrow are known. See, for example,
was keen that we should see a new and controversial
feature- a cairn with a large plaque that is a memorial
to Skippy, presumably a dog and not a kangaroo, complete
with biblical reference.
memory of Skippy
is no casual placing of a painted piece
plaque has been firmly fixed to a large
slab of limestone and a cairn erected,
all without permission of the trustees.
isolation, this might not seem too much
to worry about.
the concern is the potential proliferation
of the practice with both animal and
human tributes (and remains) littering
decision will need to be made.
we had a decision to make. It wasn't supposed
to rain but it did. How long would this last? Hoping
that putting on cagoules would cause it to stop, we
did just that and the tactic more or less worked. It
was colder and damper than we had expected but we didn't
the distance we could see the Lyth Valley, still considerably
across Lyth Valley to Scout Scar
reaching the Lord's Seat summit cairn,
this one with a legitimate plaque in
memory of Canon Hervey, the founder
of the Lake District Naturalists' Trust
(not Naturists'!), we initially continued
however, Martin had the idea of exploring
an area known as Pether Pots.
involved crossing many limestone clints
and grykes before we found the required
track- nowhere near so pronounced as
it appeared to be on the map.
& James pay homage to Canon Hervey
discovered an old iron fire grate. This confused
us until we realised that the nearby remains of a stone
structure must once upon a time have been a workman's
iron fire grate
across the flood to Helsington Barrow
track led us down to Rawsons then round to the spectacular
White Scar cliffs and the huge slabs, partially covered
in debris from the recent storms.
down the slabs
the trail shown on the map below that reflects the temporary
disorientation of my gps, we took the sensible route
up and over the Township, following the track north
past Lord's Seat and then by some very friendly cows-
Welsh Shorthorns, I believe.
tests their friendliness
at Martin's with statistical objectives achieved, Diana
treated us to festively sparkling flapjacks whilst Maisy
looked on hopefully!
fine way to end an invigorating walk and the BOOTboys
Tuesday 29th December 2015
year's number of
qualifying outings is 43 (don't be fooled by
the today's reference number BB1541- we have had an "a"
and a "b" plus a "i" and a "ii").
height climbed tots up to 100,910 feet, an average of
2,347 per outing. The equivalent distance figures are
435.7 and 10.1 miles.
total number of participants, 18, is a little down
on previous years but, paradoxically, the average number
per event is a record 4.8.
Wainwright baggers, John
has now passed the halfway point although
logistically the remainder will be more complicated
due to the travelling involved, especially for such
time as Dunmail Raise is out of commission. Terry has also
made great strides (pun intended) in his W quest.
29th December 2015
climbed in feet:
(Garmin / OS)
Don, James, Martin C,
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1541 .
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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failed to acknowledge properly the source or infringed
copyright. Please let me
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otherwise, please feel free to download the material
if you wish.
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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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