: Seek And Ye Shall Find
Thursday 21st July 2016
to the side of the Roman Road, High Street, is a Stone
according to the OS map. We have looked for it
before and failed. I don't mean the Cockpit. That
is further north and very obvious. This one is
a little north of Loadpot Hill and off to the left of
the main path.
Bryan, Stan Tony and I, tried to find it nine years
ago on BB0729 but failed. Even Stan's second attempt bore no fruit.
Could we (Terry, Tony and I) do better today?
time we found it easily despite it not being
located where the map says it should be on Swarth Fell.
we were so successful this time?
Well, I have to
confess that someone else, Julian Cope, had done the hard work for us. All I had to do
was navigate to his gps reading NY 45662 19205.
is not a full circle. Maybe a semi
circle of small flat stone then on the opposite
side another group of stones, this time
having three small vertical one which I
suspect might be later additions.
could speculate on its origins but instead
if you want to know more, click on The
Fell Stone Circle
was far from being the only item of historical interest
on today's outing. The villages of Clifton and Eamont
bridge have far more than their fair share, from ancient
Britons to the last pitched battle on English soil.
However, as it was by car that we passed through,
you will need to refer to BB1125
and to find out more.
new Pooley Bridge bridge
parked at Pooley Bridge, or perhaps I should
say along side the new Pooley Bridge, the
so called temporary one constructed army
fashion after the January floods.
looks as if it could last for decades and
whilst it is nowhere near as pretty as the
old one, why spend public money (i.e. yours
and mine) on something that is not really
had anticipated an early arrival at the
Ullswater steamer ticket office.
I had forgotten that it had been wrecked by the floods.
temporary building had neither coffee nor the ability
to take cash. Cards only. The guy behind
the desk was not the cheeriest individual we have ever
met but he was far better than the miserable bloke who
let us off at Howtown.
on. Customer Service. Welcome to the Lake
District. These people are paying YOUR wages!
Knott straight ahead
initial stage of the climb up Steel Knotts is quite
steep and the path through the deep bracken quite narrow.
Fortunately it eased off and cleared by the time
we reached the Pikeawassa summit rocks.
steamer at Howtown
continued along the ridge then dropped down to two derelict
stone structures at Fusedale Beck.
the Steel Knotts ridge.....
and on to the ruined buildings
climb up to Wether Hill didn't look too bad but I had
forgotten what a brute it was in reality. Steep
and with spongy, tufty vegetation. Tony was relieved
firstly to survive the climb and secondly to be allowed
to take lunch at the top, only one hour after his noon
on the ascent
befits a bridle path but is an unusal sight so high
up, there were horses.
undulating path led us to Loadpot hill. The map
shows a trig point at the top but we also found a stone
marked with an "L" on one side and what was
probably an "H" on the other. I don't
remember seeing that before but I have seen them on
Branstree and knew that it marked the boundary between
the Lowther estate and someone else- Andrew
Harrison- a Longsleddale parish landowner.
aforementioned Stone Circle came next following which
we continued along the spur to Bonscale Pike.
Fell Stone Circle
little further are the Bonscale Towers- two stone pillars
perched precariously on the edge of the cliff. It
is a magnificent viewpoint but I don't know the purpose
of those towers. Anyone any thoughts?
from the Towers
again we had to find a ruined building alongside which
to cross a stream in order to complete the day's Wainwright
tally of 5 at Arthur's Pike. Another fine viewpoint
and Terry's 107th Wainwright- half way point.
half way point
that pass in the day
way back to Pooley bridge is a little disappointing
in that the track the you first meet after a trudge
across the moor does not do what you hope and pray that
it does. Instead it would return to you to Howtown
so we didn't take it.
I wanted to show Terry the Cockpit as it might be a
long long time before he is up in the area again, having
now completed all the Wainwrights on the northern end
of that side of the lake.
is a more obvious and much larger stone circle. We
thought it very unlikely it was ever used for cock-fighting.
Nor flying planes.
was the end of the expedition proper, except for Tony's
remarkable discovery- a precious spoon that he found
lying on the ground, marked with the inscription Olympia
18/0. An inconclusive deate ensued about its potential
value. I subsequently found ithat Amazon are selling
it at £6.41 for a pack of 12. No wonder
Tony is so keen to return and claim it.
that was left was the stroll back to Pooley Bridge,
which seemed nearer than it proved to be. Fortunately
there was a dramatic view to admire up the lake:
last we reached the village, passing a good and bad
example of what can be done with two old and near identical
back at Polley Bridge it was Tony's turn to seek and
of course he found.
further explanation needed. Cheers!
Thursday 21st July 2016
21st July 2016
+ 3.1 by boat
climbed in feet:
Knott (Pikeawassa), Wether Hill, Loadpot
Hill, Bonscale, Arthur's Pike
Don, Terry, Tony
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1628 .
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- 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.
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