: His Last Day As A Sexagenarian
February 1946. A new baby enters the world.
What fate would befall him? Might he, just might
he, one day, grow up to become a BOOTboy?
February 2006. That child had indeed grown
up to become a BOOTboy. What
is more, he was now a Sexagenarian BOOTboy.
February 2016. His last day as
wanted to help Tony celebrate this rite
of passage in a style that he would appreciate
so rather than dragging him to the top of
Scafell Pike, we opted instead for a pleasant
stroll to a fine steak bun, chips and beer
lunch followed by a pleasant stroll to another
you, had the weather been otherwise, we might have contemplated
dragging him high. However, with earlier forecasts
of 70 mph winds and lashings of rain, even pleasant
short strolls might have had to be abandoned.
it happened, it was a birthday surprise for all of us
that it didn’t actually rain and any wind was quite
was some complicated car shuffling at the start which
I avoided by catching the bus. Tony, with his
chauffeur and support crew (minders?), climbed aboard
at Staveley and waiting for us at the Windermere bus
stop were the rest of the team.
is why he needs minders
initial phase was a reverse of part of BB1601,
crossing the railway to climb School Knott.
from School Knott
explains how a water tank works!
we followed the Dales Way for a while before branching
off south to the Wild
Boar at Crook.
who had lunched here previously had recommended the
Steak Bun and Chips and what a good suggestion that
was. Excellent, as indeed was the home brewed
always difficult to tear yourself away from a nice warm
pub with a roaring winter's fire but somehow we managed
it. Whom should we see in the yard but Bryan.
He had managed to escape from child-minding duties
to help navigate Tony back to the Brewery at Staveley.
he successfully achieved, using paths that were familiar
to none of us but are worth revisiting on a pleasant
Old Church Tower
to the Howgills
last section had us rejoining the Dales Way and dropping
down into Staveley, noting the damage caused by the
arriving at the Brewery I wouldn’t allow
Tony to enter but marched him off to the
far end of the millyard, ostensibly to look
at a mobile wooden hut complete with its
it was to ensure that he achieved his old
target- a full ten miler!
that minor diversion completed, we could
get back to the Brewery and the serious
business of helping him enjoy his last hours
as a Sexagenarian.
Thursday 4th February 2016
that there are several Dylan addicianados
amongst the ranks of the BOOTboys
it was no surprise to me that the not too
well hidden quotes from his songs were all
up was Terry who, at the second attempt,
spotted all but one (and I must admit it
is the one that would also have escaped
me had I not had the help of Uncle Google
in setting test).
the person who identified the lot (and also
noted my deliberate misquote) was Robin.
Well done and a modest (very) prize
full list is:
thought it would rain but the clouds passed by
I fell in love with you
heed, take heed of the western wind,
of the stormy weather
of Spanish Leather
the winds hit heavy on the borderline
from the North Country
wind howls like a hammer
from the storm
from the Storm
have you been, my darling young one(s)?
Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall
before* sundown’s finish (*deliberate
misquote of "before")
answer ...... is blowin' in the wind
in the wind
hard rain .... going to fall
Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall
don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind
added that he simply couldn’t resist the challenge then
just kinda wasted my precious time
But don’t think
twice, it’s all right
a word of comfort for those who didn't do too well.
The loser now
will be later to win
4th February 2016
climbed in feet:
(OS / Memory Map)
Knott, Dales Way
Don, John Hn, Martin,
Robin, Stuart, Terry, Tony
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1605 .
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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For the latest totals
of the mileages, heights and Lakeland Fells Books Wainwrights see: Wainwrights.
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