: Then There Were Two
3rd November 2016
A couple of weeks ago the BOOTboys walk was in the Langdales. I
said I was planning to stay out for the night and offered to take a bigger tent
if anyone wanted to join me. A flood of replies followed with reasons for not
taking up the offer.
Scalebarrow Knott looking towards Shap
This week the better weather was forecast for Wednesday so I
offered to go up Blencathra with anyone who couldn’t make Thursday. There were
no takers so I went for a bike ride over to Shap. It was a glorious day, cool
but with no wind.
Disused reservoir near Harper Hills
Maybe there would be more success on Thursday. There were
four possibles but this became three when Tony sneezed and hurt his back. A
trip to the college for a massage was his preferred activity. A family crisis
in York put Martin out and took us down to three. Finally Don’s tree surgeon
didn’t turn up on time and so then there were two.
Clearer weather looking towards the Pennines
So it was that Mike and I, being made of tougher stuff,
headed off over Shap in the rain. By the time we reached our start point near
Rosgill in the Swindale valley the rain had eased a little, but waterproofs
were put on, and stayed on, for the day.
Not so clear weather looking towards High Street
Our target for the day was a route from Wainwright’s
Outlying Fells - a circuit of the Naddle valley.
Despite the damp weather we had a good day. The cloud stayed
high enough to give us views to Mardale Head and the High Street ridge.
Lunch and Comitibus
The terrain has changed a bit since I was last here,
particularly on the North West side where they have stopped grazing and are
planting trees. This makes the going quite tough as the grass has grown really
long and it was difficult to see where you were putting your feet. We also
faced a conundrum with how to cross a newly installed deer fence, resolved by
lifting it off its hinges.
Mike removes the deer fence
Nothing much else to report apart from the decision not to
bother finding out if the pub in Shap was open at 3 in the afternoon!
3rd November 2016
The final climb looking towards Burnbanks
Mallory is reputed
to have responded to "Why did you want to climb Mount Everest?" with the retort "Because it's there".
you want a scarily good idea of what "it"
is like, click on the picture below to launch a video
that Martin discovered of a dymamic view of the route
and a 360°
recommend that either you put on warm clothing or switch
the speakers off, otherwise you will be shivering from
the sound as well as the views!
is not exepcted to be a BOOTboys
venture in the near future.
3rd November 2016
climbed in feet:
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 bb1638 .
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.
I apologise if I have
failed to acknowledge properly the source or infringed
copyright. Please let me
know and I will do my best to put things right.
otherwise, please feel free to download the material
if you wish.
A reference back to this website
would be appreciated.
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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