: Unfinished Business
1st June 2016
Unfinished Business had nothing to do with
the ghostly song by White
nor the later version performed by Mumford
a current favourite band of certain BOOTboys.
relates to a comment made four years ago on
day we will return".
Unfinished Business was to return to and explore the four acre site
"..... awarded in perpetuity to the parish of Strickland Roger
by the Enclosures Act of 1838 for the inhabitants of
that and neighbouring parishes for recreation and exercise."
area is marked by four boundary stones and our, or at
least my, mission was to locate them and check the size
of the unenclosed enclosure.
our route was complicated by not one but two items of
Unfinished Business- road bridges still out of commission
following the January storms. Unable to reach our intended
start point, we parked
on the gated minor road north of Staveley close to Birk
Field and near to an "interesting" barn!
number one was Brunt Knott. Yes, Tony and I had
been there last week but it was new to Terry and, anyway,
we were tackling it from completely the opposite direction-
quite a steep grassy climb into an increasingly strong
Knott behind Potter Fell
the top we could see the twin summits of Potter Fell,
if summit is the right word for the undramatic high
Fell- left one last week, right one this week.
The one that we visited last week, in
the north-eastern part of the fell, was the one regarded
as the higher by Wainwright and the old Ordnance Survey
maps. However, the modern maps give that honour
to the south-western top so, for those wanting to tick
off Potter Fell properly, this was Unfinished Business
was actually a much easier track to climb than the other
the top is nondescript, it is a good viewpoint.
Dubs from above
Dubs from lunch stop
there we dropped down to Gurnal Dubs, a lovely artificial
tarn (apart from the annoying dog but he shut up after
I barked even louder at him). Here we had lunch
then headed for the main Unfinished Business.
could see in the distance what we thought was one of
the boundary stones and so it proved to be. I
tried to log it as a Waypoint on my Garmin but the technology
defeated me so I had to log it and the subsequent posts
in the old fashioned way. Pen and paper.
and Terry got tired of my quest and gave up after
stone #2. For some
inexplicable reason they refused to follow me through knee
deep bracken to stone #3 and made directly for the track
which led to the
marker stone that explains what it was all about. That is very near stone #4.
For me, it meant a trek across a bog, fortunately
currently fairly dry.
I plotted the area on the map, using the bending path
as the western boundary, the answer was exactly 4 acres.
However the quality of the amenity granted to
the parishioners for "recreation and exercise" leaves a lot to be desired!
that business now finished, I had another mission. Whilst
researching the boundary stones, I discovered from The
is a stone circle, or ring cairn, nearby. I had found a grid
reference for it and it proved pretty accurate. It
is only a small circle, maybe 10 yards diameter with,
according to the website, about 20 small stones in the
circle. Unfortunately I forgot to count them.
What its purpose was, I do not know.
then on it was a pleasant stroll across to Gurnal Dubs and
down to Potter Tarn
where the strange blocks on the outflow, long finished,
provided the inspiration for the heading photo. Nothing
to do with Unfinished Business but I liked it!
Finally, down to the car
and off to the Brewery in Staveley Mill Yard. Just
one item of Unfinished Business remained and that was
soon put right.
1st June 2016
anyone interested in such things, the 4
acre enclosure boundary
stones are at:
SD 50531 98976
SD 50534 98808
Ring Cairn circle is at:
1st June 2016
climbed in feet:
Knott, Potter Fell, Gurnal Dubs, Taggleshaw
Enclosures, Ring Cairn
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1621 .
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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of the mileages, heights and Lakeland Fells Books Wainwrights see: Wainwrights.
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