: It Goes To Show You Never Can Tell
7th March 2019
Berry was right.
can you tell? Whom to believe? BBC,
who said it would rain all day, or the Met
Office, who said it wouldn’t. We chose
the latter. However, as both had said
it would be bad in the National Park, we
opted to head south to territory that none
of us had explored previously. Warton
parked by the Old School Brewery craft ale barn on the
outskirts of Warton, just under the scar. The
track up was on very greasy limestone with a bit of
a drop to one side. Care needed. We could
look back over Morecambe Bay. What was that red
tower on the horizon?
the top was a basket which either was a Millennium Beacon
or a prop left over from the Wicker Man film. More
likely the former as, on a clearer day, it would be a
fine viewpoint and the flames could be seen for miles.
But…. you never can tell!
journey north was a little off-piste at times and frequented
by trees that were roped off with white plastic strips and several
having red markers. Was it to signify those
to be felled? Or something else? They couldn’t
have been for an event as there were no tracks on the
ground. Well, actually, in this instance it would
be wrong to say you never can tell- there was a sign
telling us. There was to be an event. An
Event on Saturday and Sunday. They were track
Leighton Hall came into view- the one time family home
of the legendary furniture makers- Gillows of Lancaster.
In a field at the top of the hill was a mound
which seemed to have stone foundations.
up then pointed out that there were standing stones
surrounding the field.
It was a prehistoric burial
mound. Or was it? We couldn’t tell though
Uncle Google later revealed that the mound was the remains
of an old summer house and the standing stones were
not thought to be a prehistoric man-made circle. Though
there is some doubt about that. It just goes to
below is the hamlet Yealand Conyers. Its hall
is well known to Stan and I and other former employees
of Provincial Insurance and its offshoots.
Manor had been our Training Centre. That was a
long time ago as you can tell from the photos of the
time, taken from the old company newspaper that was
recently given to me by a former colleague.
on we made a detour to Deepdale Pond. On the map
it looks almost round and located in a circular, wooded depression
some 100 feet lower than the main path. It turned
out to be a disappointment. It was largely overgrown
with little of the pond to be seen. It goes to
show that you never can tell from a map.
continued north for quite some distance, first by path
then by road, eventually reaching the Fell End Holiday
The map showed a public footpath going through
the site but it was rather tricky to find the actual
way through and into the woods. I tried to locate it
using the gps on my phone but it froze – something it
kept doing regularly on this outing. You could
tell I was becoming seriously unimpressed with the Outdoor
Map Navigator app.
emerged from the woods to stop for lunch, looking over
to Farleton Knott, our target last time out- BB1908
Hall where there could be seen several cars parked and
puffs of smoke coming out of a chimney. It’s a
crematorium. Who could tell what was burning?
reaching Beetham, John had to be punished. I can’t
tell you the nature of his offences but he was sentenced
to a period in the stocks which he, strangely, seemed
After his release we made our way through
the Dallam Tower Deer Park, .....
.....past the fine hall.....
..... and back
to where we had left the other car.
to return to Warton to collect John’s car and then, for some
strange reason, found ourselves in the Malt Shovel
or not, in the corner there was a juke box playing Chuck Berry. Yes,
the record was “It goes to show you never can tell”.
To the amazement of the few other folk in the
bar, this caused us to burst into song with a new verse
dedicated to one of our members who, for reasons that
will quickly become apparent, was unable to join us
was a BOOTboy's
the Comitibus wished them well
could see that Martin
did truly love Dianamoiselle
five years on,
at last they’ve rung the town hall bell
say the BOOTboys,
“They really stick together very
goes to show that, sometimes, you really can tell!
Thursday, 7th March 2019