: Hello Fairies
was a beautiful day as we drove down to Arnside. The
sun shone on the snow-sparkling Lakeland Hills. We
had clearly made the wrong decision to stay low.
was a threateningly nasty day as we parked on Arnside
Knott. The clouds had gathered and it was trying
to spit rain. The Lakeland snow now had a cloud blanket.
We had clearly made the right decision to stay
the threat of rain soon passed but it remained a dullish
day and the decision remained correct.
objectives- the giraffe tree, the viewing point and the
summit cairn of Arnside Knott. Quickly achieved.
objective Arnside Tower. We went a different way
to that I had intended, along a path with a perilous drop
to the left. Fortunately, I had brought my stick to use in the event of a sciatica
moment and it proved useful to help negotiate the trail.
Arnside Tower, inevitably Tony wanted to explore it,
despite the No Entry signs and despite the fact that
he gave it a good going over last time we were here-
the Pepperpot. Following what appeared
to be the right path without first consulting the map
proved a mistake and we had a bit of an off-piste excursion
before achieving the objective.
had lunch to Tony’s delight, sat on a pile of logs, not
long after noon. Stan seemed fearful of us being
attacked by bears so used his bushcraft to hang his
bag in the trees.
protects his grub
on our way, our
route led past Hawes Water but not the big one in the
Lake District. This is a little one, probably
in Lancashire in which case the duplication of name is forgivable.
We had a minor detour along the boardwalks to
take in the view.
next stretch was a
pleasant stroll across fields and lanes, accompanied
at one stage by several deer.
we found the path to Fairy Steps. Not only did
we find the path- we found their house where one sat on
guard on the roof. Naturally I took its photo.
But I hadn't said hello nor asked its permission.
More fool me.
former tunnel of trees
The approach to Fairy Steps used
to be through
a dark tunnel of pine trees. Not no more. Some
nasty disease has threatened them so mass culling has
taken place and quite destroyed the ambiance.
Steps themselves, however, remain as ever- a narrow gap between two limestone cliffs down which to
descend. Going up is relatively straight forward.
Going down is more of a challenge. The key
question is whether to face out or face in. Whether
to see what you are doing but have only heel contact or to
be in a more secure foot and hand position facing the rock but relatively
opted for face in, partly in case the sciatica kicked.
Good decision. Two rock steps down and bang,
it kicked in.
what I had done wrong. I had forgotten to say
“Hello Fairies” when I took the photo and was now being punished for my lack of
feature was the Hazleslack Pele Tower. Not as
big as Arnside’s and not accessible. Still noteworthy,
Tower and .....
had been keen to get away early so had left his car
at the phonetically appropriate Carr Bank. We said our farewells
and took the railway embankment back to Arnside.
problem with parking half way up hill is, obviously,
that what you save at the outset, you have to pay back
at the end. It’s a cruel way to finish the day.
Mike and I looked at our Garmins, they said we had done
Yes, I know you have to reset them before
you set off. We did.
Yes, I know you have
to let it find your location before you reset them.
We had done.
In fact both of us reset it
twice to make sure the memory was clear. Both
Garmins had shown at the outset a distance travelled of 0 miles. So how did we achieve the bonus 24 miles?
the Fairies wanted to say sorry for their earlier cruelty?
But, if so, how did they arrive at an average
speed of 11 mph, given that they reckoned our top speed
was only 4.5 mph?
Those naughty Fairies must have been
at work again.
Note to self
and a warning to others:
time you visit Fairy Steps, on no account fail to say
Thursday 3rd March 2016
3rd March 2016
climbed in feet:
(OS / Memory Map)
Knott, The Pepperpot, Fairy Steps
John Hn, Mike, Stan, Tony
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1610 .
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
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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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