: To Boldly Go.....
15th June 2016
quite in the Captain Kirk league, nor that
of seeking the source of the Nile, but Bryan
has long wanted to start from the source
of the River Kent and walk its length to
where it joins the sea.
he suggested that I might like to join him,
I looked over the edge of the precipice
where it is born, took a sharp intake of
breath and decided that was not for me.
on USS Enterprise above for fun!
first we had a different mission to undertake; one without
Bryan. Regular readers may recall that Terry is playing
catch-up on the Wainwright trail and, with John away,
this was the chance to pull another back. The
forecast was not encouraging for a long travel but somehow
or other Mardale Ill Bell (not to be confused with Ill
Bell) had eluded him. With an early start there
should be just enough time to knock it off and escape
before the rain and potentially lightening set in.
farmer at Green Quarter is very accommodating for walkers
looking for an off-road parking place so once again
that was our start point.
being of the essence we charged up the valley, only
to make a bit of a Horlicks of our approach at Hallow
Bank where we took the wrong path- the escape route
from Kentmere Pike, faffed around trying to improvise
a way back but gave up and returned to the Nan Bield
inspects the preserved old van.....
and a derelict barn
reservoir, Ill Bell & Froswick behind, Mardale ill
Bell just peeping right of centre
think Tony had been hoping for an early lunch (it had
been an early start after all) at the Nan Bield shelter
but taskmaster Stan drove him on up the steep climb
to Mardale Ill Bell.
spots the Nan Bield shelter.....
where Terry is luxuriating
Terry insisted on having his photo taken luxuriating
in this very welcoming structure (except today the wind
was in the wrong direction).
was something I wanted to check at the summit. Although
the OS map shows a cairn, which is generally taken to
be the summit, it actually shows other parts as being
a few feet higher. Armed with GPS I was intrigued
to see if that was the case. It is a near run
thing but I can confirm that the cairn appears to be
and is the true summit although there is very little
rather dry Haweswater
Bell from Mardale Ill Bell
were building in the distance but Stan was keen to press
on to High Street to hide behind the wall for lunch.
I was concerned both about the weather and the
total distance involved so we stayed where we were to
eat then decided to investigate the Bryan route down from
the rim to the Kent Valley.
hunts for the descent
there are no paths, indeed nothing to show that anyone
had boldly gone before us. We examined a couple
of possibilities then discovered a steep but short grassy
descent alongside an embryonic trickle. It looked possible
so we tried it. It was possible. We all
negotiated it without too much difficulty. There
you are, Bryan- it does boldly go!
& Tony boldly going.....
whilst Stan recces the next section
shows from whence we boldly came
is quite a long descent to the reservoir, passing the
large sheepfold behind which is alleged to be an ancient
settlement. We might or might not have found it
but convinced ourselves that we had discovered the right
scattering of stones and boulders.
Kent winds its way down the valley
walks the dyke walls, Mardale Ill Bell behind
forecast evil weather never materialised. I think
I felt six drops of rain but certainly plenty of sunshine.
There were many Wheatears serenading our progress.
Apparently their name has nothing to do with wheat,
nor with ears. I leave you to guess its true derivation
but the colour of its bottom might give you a clue! Ditto
had Terry decided to skinny dip.
Tony at the helm
of many Wheatears
the reservoir it is doubly long walk on the track back
to Kentmere village itself where the church has been
wrapped in polythene.
church in polythene
Finally, the cruel
climb back up to the farm- the downside of taking advantage
of their hospitality.
thereafter we boldly went to a place to which we have often boldly been
before. The brewery in Staveley.
Wednesday 15th June 2016
Gets His Ducks In A Row
seen on his stroll round to Stan's house this morning
15th June 2016
climbed in feet:
Ill Bell, source of River Kent
Stan, Terry, Tony
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