: The Place in the Book
notable achievement for any Wainwright bagger is the
completion of your first book. Leave aside for
the time being the thought that Bryan had intended to
do the whole of the Northern Fells book in three days
this week, the nights being spent bivouacking under
the stars. In the end he decided against it, not
fancying waking up in a bag wet from the heavy dew.
he opted to help Terry complete his first book- the
Far Eastern Fells. Had things gone to the original plan
we would have started from the north, knocked off Hallin
Fell and then found the Place in the Book on which to
finish. However, logistics determined that we should
start from Patterdale, hence Place Fell had a different
Place in the Book- the penultimate.
much discussion about routes, we decided to ascend by
the Knight (as per
than the tourist route from the south.
you have negotiated the bracken to find the start point,
it is a much pleasanter climb in good weather although
I wouldn’t want to try and find it to descend in poor
visibility. But then why would you go up Place
Fell, one of the best viewpoints in the Lake District,
on a day when you couldn’t enjoy the view?
it’s there, I suppose. Or “We have come all this
way so we are ******ed if we are going home without
climbing something.” Anyway, that was not our
problem today. One of the best days of the summer
from being a little-used way up, this route has another
advantage- no false summits.
when you look across a bit of a plain and see what looks
as if it might be the Place Fell summit, it really is.
The Knight does not tease!
there were quite a few people on the summit but none
headed off north as we did. Hallin Fell was the
objective but we decided to descend by a path that was
new to us, by Scalehow Beck, just before High Dodd.
the valley we could see a hill with a cairn. Kilbert
How, a Corbett, not a Wainwright so no need to visit.
the bottom we picked up the track that led to the foot
of Hallin Fell.
are two main ways up. Bryan, inevitably stormed up the
direct route. I set off up the more gentle curving
path to the right. Stan and Mike followed. I
was surprised to see that Terry and Robin also chose
the direct way up. Perhaps Terry was intent on completing
the Book as soon as possible.
regrouped at the top with its enormous cairn. Stan
thought there was a story about it but no-one knew what
it was. Given the circumstances, we should have
consulted AW beforehand rather than now, as I write
this report, although he didn’t seem to know who was
the creator of this 13 foot obelisk. However he did
spot a plaque bearing various initials and the date
1864. We didn’t.
as is his wont, set off running down the hill so I tried
and failed to keep up with him but I think it is why
my legs are now aching somewhat! My Garmin says I did
achieve a top speed of 9 mph which for an old man isn’t
plan had been to return via Boredale but this wasn’t
met with enthusiasm by my colleagues who wanted to take
the lakeside path. The problem with the lakeside
path is that it is not a lakeside path at all but a
severally undulating path not far from the side of the
lake, offering glimpses of fine view but often frustratingly
obscured by light woodland. It is also a somewhat
longer than going up the valley but probably with less
climbing. And there would no view of any lake
big plus was a barn that had been converted to a cafe
where Mike treated us all to ice cream.
we emerged from the trees and were able to cross over
to Patterdale where we had parked the car. Had
the Patterdale Hotel offered to set off their £4.50
parking fee against a bar bill we would have honoured
then with our custom. Instead, in a fit of pique,
we opted for the Kirkstone Inn where it is forever Christmas.
The Place where Terry could celebrate the finish
of the first Book.
Wednesday 17th August 2016
Tony No Pie
we were,thinking of phoning Tony at noon. Should
we be ringing to taunt him with tales of sausages? Then
Stan burst into song but couldn't remember who it was
by other than it sounded rather Bob Marleyish but wasn't.
it was very Tonyish.
Marley influence is plain to hear.
is. to see, that of Freddie Mercury or perhaps
Les Dawson or maybe even Norman Evans.
result, a must watch video of the Everly
Pregnant Brothers singing
Oven, No Pie
Oven, No Pie
17th August 2016
climbed in feet:
Fell, Hallin Fell
Bryan, Don, Mike, Robin, 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 bb1629 .
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.
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