BB1638 : Then There Were Two

Thursday 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!

Bryan, Thursday 3rd November 2016

The final climb looking towards Burnbanks

Because It's There

Mallory is reputed to have responded to "Why did you want to climb Mount Everest?" with the retort "Because it's there".

If 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° controllable panarama.

I 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!

This is not exepcted to be a BOOTboys venture in the near future.




Thursday 3rd November 2016

Distance in miles:

7.7 miles (Garmin)

Height climbed in feet:

1,674 (Bryan)


The Naddle Round


Bryan, Mike

Map shown: OS 1:50k

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