: I'm Not Into Extensions
12th May 2016
was only half listening when I heard Tony utter those
not into extensions.”
was he talking about? Enlarging his house? Or
later did it dawn on me.
original plan had been thwarted by the threat of 50
mph northerly winds so we opted for a lower round that
would still give Terry two more W ticks to pull back
on John, It also caused me to revise my opinion
of my least favourite hill. Somewhat.
difficulty in planning the ascent of Selside Pike and
knowing where, in Swindale, we might be able to park.
Unfortunately the nearest permissible place adds
the best part of three miles onto the walk. The
plus point is a more gentle start to the day. The
downside is a bit of a hard surface trek at the end.
day was bright with the threat of sunburn as we climbed
the Corpse Road (so named as it was the route that the
dead were carried over from Mardale on their way for
burial at Shap). Near the apogee we turned left
for Selside Pike.
back from Selside Pike
Having reached its summit
we followed the fence south in the direction of Branstree.
I have never known the ground underfoot so dry.
It was a far more pleasant walk than some I have
experienced up there.
with High Street behind
reaching Branstree, the second Wainwright of the day, we spotted
on the other side of the fence a structure marked on
the map as "pillar". I hadn’t seen it before so it
merited examination. It appeared to be some sort
of sighting post for the construction of the Haweswater
proudly identifies Kidsty Pike
back over the fence we noticed two cairns that also merited
examination but more so the view from thereabouts over
Haweswater and the hills beyond. And lunch.
was not far to the top of Branstree from whence we dropped
down into Mosedale. We had encountered two other
walkers who were then aiming to cross over to climb Tarn
Crag and Grey Crag. "Should we extend our walk
to do likewise?" we pondered. It was then that it
dawned on me what Tony meant when he said that he didn’t
Consequently we headed down the
valley to the Cottage. This is managed by the
Mountain Bothies Association and it seems there has been
some disagreement with the lads from Shap whom we have
seen there previously and who had informally looked
after it. Apparently the MBA had different ideas
about what should and should not be in the bothy. Consequently
most of the soft chairs that had previously been there
had been replaced by hard plastic seats but the settee
of Mosedale Cottage
the interior coolness, Tony
was not enthusiastic about the thought of a large sun
being added. As we now know, he is not into extensions.
is a bit of a trudge along the dale but much more interesting
once Force Falls is reached and the valley drops sharply
into Swindale with its falls and pools.
contemplates a dive
Here we were confused. The
map showed the path as being on the west side of the
beck but the existence of a bridge and
a stile seemed to encourage you to cross over. This
we did but the route we followed to reach the track
back to the car was definitely off-piste, a bridge having
been presumably washed away by the floods.
longer a bridge
longer a farmhouse
no harm done, we marched down the lane, passing the
post-flood water controls (is a hydro generator?) until
we reached the car.
engineer’s road led us to Shap and the Greyhound Inn. Here
we had a pleasant pint in the sun (or at least my replacement
pint was fine- the first was vinegar). Once downed,
we pondered should we go as planned or stay for another?
This time we were amazed when Tony (of all people)
said “I’m not into extensions.”
Well, there's always a first time. So home
Thursday 12th May
12th May 2016
climbed in feet:
Martin, Terry, Tony
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