: What Is A Tranearth?
13 October 2016
is a Tranearth?
I asked as we passed Tranearth Cottage, the Lancashire Climbing
and Caving Club’s bothy.
of us knew but we did notice that whatever it was, Fleming,
Frank and Matthew had all had one nearby, according to
the OS map.
thoughts on the subject soon vanished as we reached
Tranearth Quarry, filled by the Torver
Perhaps it is as well that neither Terry
or Graham was with us as it is alleged to be a favourite
place for “wild swimming” or skinny-dipping as they might
call it. How people get down to it is a mystery
as I could see no path.
However, there is another
way down. Cliff Jumping.
If you want to
see three lads leaping
from great heights into the quarry water, have a look at Cliff
at Tranearth Quarry.
Tony would probably call it
child abuse! Watch it and be impressed.
still can't work out how to
get back out.
on picture for video
pressed on to the Walna Scar Road in order to take the
gentle southern route up Brown Pike, Buck Pike and onwards
to Dow Crag.
First, however, we wanted to see
Blind Tarn, presumably so called as unless you bother
to climb Brown Pike you are unlikely to see it, hidden
away as it is in a basin below the ridge.
Pike from Walna Scar Road
is reached by following an old miners’ trail up and
over a shoulder. Surrounded by high walls of rock and
screes, it is an interesting little tarn. Another hidden
dipping opportunity for those of that inclination.
to the Walna Scar Road we soon found the ascent path
and could look down on Blind Tarn.
Fortunately, most of the time iwe
were out of the breeze
but as we neared the top we started to feel the 50 mph
gusts. At least the rain was holding off.
wind was at its wickedest as we approached the Dow Crag
summit. We opted for the more awkward but not
exposed short boulder climb to the summit rather than
the path with the 1,000 foot drop. Fortunately
we didn't get blown off but were happy to find a wind-break
a little further down for lunch.
Water from Goat's Hause
descent was straightforward. Down to Goat’s Hause
and then turn right down to Goat’s Water. Here
there is a tremendous view of the intimidating Dow Crag
you see the blue stretcher box? It's at the bottom
of the central buttress. Expand the picture and
you should be able to spot it.
the tarn, rain threatened but not for long. In fact,
by the time we passed the wild-swimming Tranearth Quarry the sun had
come out and those with a good eyesight (or imagination)
could see Blackpool Tower.
points out the Tower for Tony
We took advantage of there being no-one
in the Tranearth Cottage climbers’ hut to take a break sitting
in the sun. What had happened to the forecast
rain? We weren’t complaining.
we returned to contemplating what on earth a Tranearth is.
guess is that it derives from a "tranche of earth"; in other
words a piece of ground given or belonging to a named
person such as Fleming, Frank, Matthew or perhaps
debate could have continued but time was pressing and
there was one thing left to do.
This we did at
the Wilsons Arms.
I wonder if Wilson had a Tranearth
once upon a time?
Thursday 13th October 2016.
The only reference I can find to the history of
the word "tranearth" is that the name is used for a type
of rock layer of the Sheinwoodian Age
to the Gorstian Age and found, funnily enough, in the Tranearth
area. But how did it get that name? Anyone know?
Bryan dug out the following interesting item which goes
some way to answering the question.
west of Torver there seems to have been a rapid extension
of fell enclosure onto Torver
High Common, at Matthew Tranearth and Fleming Tranearth,
with names like New
Intake. The Tranearth place-name seems to indicate a
division extending up the fell in
a line from individual farms on the valley floor, perhaps
fossilising earlier customary stints.
In 1639 two tenants from Little Arrow Farm in Torver
were fined for setting up new
hedges on the common at Little Moss without permission.
Records for judgements made
at Hawkshead Courthouse to settle disputes regarding
the commons exist from the
16th century. These include a person brought before
the court for keeping swine on
the commons beyond the ‘stint’, which is likely to refer
to a particular parcel of the common.
Such was the enthusiasm for intaking at this time, that
the intake land north of
Blelham Tarn represented a doubling in size of the enclosed
seen on the River Mersey last weekend
13th October 2016
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map OS 1:25k)
Don, Martin, Tony
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1635 .
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
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