: Football or Golf or What?
31st August 2016
anyone what the most popular sport is in the UK for
both players and spectators and the answer most probably
will be football (soccer for our American reader(s)).
ask what is the most popular sport actually played by
those of more mature years and the answer is likely
to be golf.
suggest that you can play soccer on a golf course and the response
may well be something like "Are you daft or what?"
a rapidly growing hybrid of the two games is footgolf.
Basically this is playing golf with a football.
A game playable by all ages.
clothing or equipment.
that is needed is a golf course that will
a football to be kicked into a large hole dug into its hallowed turf.
was not the reason that we parked at Casterton golf
club. Well, not the main reason. But Footgolf
is to be the subject of the BOOTboys special Christmas
outing this year and Casterton is the nearest golf course
that promotes this activity. So a secondary reason
was to have a bit of a recce.
hadn't been able to get out with us for several weeks
so he requested something more gentle than or recent
outings. The weather forecast suggested that it would
be damp early on so we didn't fancy travelling too far
so a trip round Casterton Fell seemed the optimum solution
and the golf club provided the logical start point as,
in addition to footgolf research, it offered the opportunity
to sit in the club house supping coffee until the rain
stopped and it was fine enough to venture forth.
it was an opportunity to browse in the shop, looking
at unfamiliar items. One that amused me was a "groove
restorer". Yes, please!
doubt Bryan would have been horrified and would have
demanded a more determined approach to the day but we
were in relaxed mode. So we had a coffee and a
wait. And waited. and waited. Eventually,
much later than forecast, the weather did clear and
we could get down to the serious business.
we headed off through High Casterton to Casterton itself.
Once a village dominated by a school for young
ladies, it is now a prep school for Sedbergh (which I
believe has sold off some of the buildings for someone
to develop superior country apartments). Here we turned
up the minor road that would lead eventually to the
fell, passing on the way a couple of Andy Goldsworthy's many artistic
sheep folds featured in BB1033.
on a Goldsworthy
in Goldsworthy's Jack's Fold
original plan was to drop down through the woods to
Barbon Beck and head up the other side to where the
path rejoins the road. However my recollection
of rejoining the road was that first you had to one
way or another ford the beck and as there had been a
lot of rain lately and none of us had brought poles,
that could have been a challenge too far.
we walked up the minor road to reach the crossing point
to discover that there was a footbridge. At first
this took me by surprise as I did not remember one being
there and on the OS map the crossing is marked as a
ford. However on examination it was clearly new.
Memory not playing ricks. Or was that actually
the case. A notice board indicated that the storms
of 2015 had destroyed the previous bridge. Maybe
the memory was playing ricks after all.
didn't really matter. There was a cold wind blowing
and we didn't linger to examine further. Instead
we headed off up the bridle path that lead to Bull Pot
farm- now the base for the Red Rose Cave and Pothole
was around so an invitation into the hut was not forthcoming
and we had to make do with shelter and lunch in the
through the window we could see a rather strange table
with a rather demonic looking picture. It took us some
while to work out the detail but
Terry was able to interpret it.
surface was a huge photo which was upside
down to us. It is the picture of a brave
lady called Serena Povia taken in the Lancaster
Hole, by Tony Speight 2015.
it was time to return to the golf club. First
we headed for the cairn on the summit of Casterton fell,
then on to Brownthwaite.
Fell from Brownthwaite
River Lune could be seen winding its way towards Lancaster.
then dropped down
the sheepfold lane and onwards to High Casterton-
a much larger hamlet than we had realised.
pleasant stroll led along a
pleasant old path back to the club house and a celebratory.....
I hear you cry. "Are they
No, we are in training. It's
not that long to the Footgolf competition.
Wednesday 31st August 2016
31st August 2016
climbed in feet:
Don, John, Stan, Terry
shown: OS 1:50k
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1631 .
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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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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