Don’t Need A Weatherman
28th January 2016
knew what was coming.
Her parting words to me
were to take heed of the western wind and to take heed of the
Actually, I thought it would rain but the clouds
passed by and it was half, if not three quarters decent
when we set off.
mission was a quick circuit of Yewbarrow, a revisit
of Whitbarrow then a return to the Derby Arms.
up the Latterbarrow climb we found a viewpoint I hadn’t
seen before that looked over the Winster Valley.
to Arnside Knott
over Winster Valley
the distance we could see the bad weather coming across
the Furness hills where the wind hits heavy on the border
was positively pleasant as we crossed Yewbarrow, chatting
with its Belted Galloways en-route.
Hall below the scar and hiding in trees
After an impromptu
game of football at Witherslack Hall, the serious business
started. Both for us and the wind.
a steep but wooded climb so initially sheltered. However
by the time we were at Lord’s Seat, the wind was truly
howling like a hammer and progress was not easy.
were thinking about the shelter from the storm that
awaited us at the Derby Arms. We were also trying
to remember as much as we could about relevant lyrics
but not doing very well. We should have read BB0824 before
we set off. Or BB1502.
forced our way south, reversing the route taken recently
It was much calmer as we dropped down through
the woods, stopping at the same bench as before for
lunch. It was then a simple stroll back to the pub.
old village well, Langhowe End
was a somewhat curious greeting the landlady gave we
five old grizzlies: “Where
have you been, my darling young ones?”
The answer, of course, was that we had been blowing
in the wind but it had by now eased. It was the stillness
before the hurricane begins. And so out came the magic
words, “Come in,” she said “I’ll give you shelter from
the storm”. Thanks, we said, realising that soon
rain was going to fall. And it did. Torrential.
We stayed for a fine pint whilst the buckets of rain did their
worst. Fortunately it relented and we were able
to leave far before sundown's finish.
it's true. You don't need a weatherman to know
which way the wind blows.
Thursday 28th January 2016
I know. Rather contrived. And a partial
repeat of the theme of BB1502.
Sorry. Seemingly, out of Dylan's 542 songs,
163 contain meteorological references allegedly making
him the musician most likely to mention weather.
this was discovered by climate scientists from five
leading universities. It’s comforting to know
that public money is being put to such good use.
there is a small prize awaiting the first person to
identify all the Dylan weather quotes woven not too
cunningly into the above report.
28th January 2016
climbed in feet:
Mike, Terry, Tony
The true Heightage is a mystery. Running the data
from three Garmins GPS machines through different
mapping software gave results of 1312, 1313, 1526, 1699,
1795, 1890 and 1957 feet. Weird. I have
used the average.
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1604 .
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
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For the latest totals
of the mileages, heights and Lakeland Fells Books Wainwrights see: Wainwrights.
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