: I'm Looking For The Sun
18th May 2016
I was waiting at the traffic lights in Kendal, a taxi
pulled up alongside me and the driver wound his window
down. “I wonder if you can help me please?” said
the Cabbie. “I’m looking for the Sun; can you tell
me where it is?”
first I was flummoxed, there wasn't one in Kendal. “Do
you mean the Sun Inn at Kirkby Lonsdale or the Sun Inn at
Crook?” I asked.
he replied. “The thing that is supposed to be in the
sky”. At that point, he chortled, wound his window
up and drove off before the cars behind started hooting.
laughed, but he was right. Where was it?
still hadn’t seen it when we all gathered at John’s
house in Killington. The tops of the Howgills were shrouded.
had planned a stroll for us that would take us north
across the Alpaca fields, through woods with stunning
bluebells and eventually up
to Fox's Pulpit- a first for Terry so we let him preach
on the Pulpit
new route was pioneered across Master Knott to pick up the
track on the opposite side which would lead us to Goodies
and the bridge over the River Lune.
However the path was closed because
the bridge had been washed away in the January storms.
Dilemma. What to do now?
head further north to the road bridge which would give
us the three options we had originally intended- BIG
walk up to the Calf, Medium walk up Winder or
easy walk to Sedbergh?
path was closed
Alternatively, should we
head south and find a much gentler route back to Killington?
Time constraints, continued cloud on the fells
and rain falling on us decided it for us.
we headed until we came to St John the Evangelist's
Church at Firbank.
Almost every country church has a peaceful
bench on which to eat butties and this was no exception.
The only drawback was the intermittent light rain.
We could have eaten inside but that seemed sacrilegious.
absence of that round object in the sky led inevitably
to sun songs and I was able to pull out a couple of
pieces of useless information.
has the most mentions of the word sun in his catalogue?
rail over Lune
perhaps surprisingly but then he has written an awful
lot of songs (but not a lot of awful songs)- Bob Dylan.
Quite appropriate given that it was the 50th anniversary
of the Judas incident. However, I can't now find
the webpage reference to prove it.
led on to me asking which was the song that Dylan had
performed the greatest number of times?
said: Like a Rolling Stone.
insisted that the answer, my friend, must be: Blowing
in the Wind.
It isn't. #5 .
proposed: It Ain't Me, Babe.
no, no, it ain't
that, babe, either. #9.
suggested: Mr Tambourine Man.
Not even in the
The combined Dylan afficianados
eventually reached the
right conclusion but not until I gave them the clue
that there was an equally famous version by a very different
artist. I will
leave you to ponder that for the moment but the result
might surprise you- it did me. The answer, my friend,
is later in this report.
ponderings helped lead us across the very pleasant countryside
by the River Lune. The sun still wasn’t shining
but at least the showers had stopped. It did seem to
be getting brighter.
Eventually John’s route led
us back to his house where he kindly entertained us
with copious bottles of Black Sheep and then guess what happened?
We didn’t need to look for the sun any longer.
It found us.
Wednesday 18th May 2016
W, who has been following our adventures for some while,
contacted me about last week's outing BB1618 with a
suggestion that would avoid the foot slog along Swindale
and at the same time encompass
some of the AW Outlying Fells. I must admit, it
is a route that never curried to me. He suggests:
If you were to go again and would like a variant that avoids
the road, you can go straight up the bridleway from where you park, and either
find your way over Harper Hills and Hare Shaw, or follow a very nice track to
the east of the ridge. Either way brings you out at the point where the
path up Selside Pike leaves the Corpse Road. I've also tried to avoid the
road on the way back by bagging a few of the Outlying Fells to the east.
Rough going in places.
David, we'll give it a go next time (although it might
be a while before we venture that way again).
Answer, My Friend, is:
clue to the Dylan question is Jimi Hendrix.
answer to the Dylan question is that the song he has
played most is: All Along the Watchtower
with 2,257 performances.
If you want the proof, see
compare versions click on Bob
Dylan then Jimi
18th May 2016
climbed in feet:
John, Mike, Stan, Terry
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1619 .
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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copyright. Please let me
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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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