: Fabs Two, Three, Four & Five
Fab Three (John, Mike & Terry) were away on a Fab
Four (John, Paul, George & Ringo) extravaganza down
in Liverpool which meant there was the opportunity for
the Fab Five (Bryan, Tony, Martin, Stan & Yours
Truly) to undertake a Wainwright Catch-up. To
be more precise, it is only the Fab Two (Stan &
me) who are undertaking another Wround but the others
played happily along with us.
inversion over Windermere
scouring the records I discovered to my
surprise that there was only one hill that
John and Terry had climbed but Stan and
I had not on this Wround- Beda Fell. This
was the ideal opportunity to put that right.
make it more interesting, we thought that
Place Fell, one of the best vantage points
in the Far Eastern book, should be added
to the outing.
had contemplated starting (and finishing)
from (at) Martindale but it would have meant
a rather long drive so, instead, we chose
a route that Bryan had been up a couple
of years ago.
Fell from Kirkstone Pass
starts from Patterdale and eschews the normal traipse
up Place Fell, taking a much lesser known route by Hare
Shaw to The Knight.
fact it was a good path, albeit steeper on average than
the southern approach.
range beyond Patterdale
rubble after the storms
the two man boat
was still looking for the Knight when I realised that
the trig point just ahead of me was the Place Fell summit.
So where he went I don’t know but it matters little.
surveys the skyline
view of the Helvellyn range
atop Place Fell
reach our, well mine and Stan’s, main objective we needed
to head north-east to Sleet Fell and a path that drops
down to Boredale. Unfortunately we missed the
path and reached a cairn from which there was a fine
view over the northern end of Ullswater but how on earth
were we to get down to the valley? Bryan and Stan
had no doubts. Straight down, diretissimo. Fortunately
there is no bracken at the moment, otherwise I reckon
it would have been severely challenging. As it
was, it was steep but on the right side of frighteningly
to place your satellite dish
ridge route up by Howstead Brow seemed long and at times
unrelenting but eventually we reached Beda Head.
week's objectives: The Nab and Brunt Howe
achieved, it was a generally easy descent back to Patterdale
enlivened by a minor altercation with two youths who
were riding trials bikes on the bridle path and claiming
a "Green Lane Licence" as granting them permission.
Hmm. The only such named licence I could find on Google
afterwards was in Ilford and incorporated the prefix
descent to Patterdale
had worried that the forecast 60% chance of rain might
scupper achieving our objective or at least make it
quite unpleasant but in fact it didn’t rain, the air
was clear and the sun mostly shone. The views
were “fab”. So was the pint at the Kirkstone Inn
that would normally have been the end of the excitement.
on the way home, nearing Troutbeck, we discovered
that two cars had collided and the wheel
from one lay between them.
road was completely blocked and would be
for a long while. We had to turn round
and take the long way back down the Struggle
such a “fab” finish to the day and definitely
not for the folk stood gloomily around the
21st March 2016
31st March 2016
climbed in feet:
Fell, Beda Fell
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1613 .
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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of the mileages, heights and Lakeland Fells Books Wainwrights see: Wainwrights.
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