BB1910 : BOOTboys 7,  Gareth 0

Wednesday 13th March 2019

What a coincidence.  Last night Manchester City beat Shalke 7-0 and today BOOTboys beat Hurricane Gareth by the same score.

We weren’t that confident at the start.  Hesitatingly, the seven of us met at the Sizergh Castle café wondering if we dare even start the match.  A quick coffee summoned up the blood and off we set, tentatively negotiating the flooded field.

We weren’t sure if we would survive beyond Helsington Church.  Gareth was doing his best to discourage us as we came out onto the open fellside.  However, it just made us more determined.  Onwards, northwards along Scout Scar we decided, bravely.

Stan used his intimate knowledge of the terrain, born out of decades of fell-running the scars, to steer us on a course that protected us from the worst of Gareth’s efforts but sooner or later we had to face his full might.  He was doing his damnedest but we have faced harder opponents.  I remember severe facial distortion on the Gatescarth Pass and even worse days on Whinfell and Helm.  Nonetheless, my eyes were watering with ice-cream head but we pressed on, battling up to half-time at the Mushroom shelter where we sucked our orange slices.

Changing ends, we turned back south. Gareth altered his tactics.  Now he was attacking us from the side but he was tiring.  Suddenly, he gave up and conceded defeat.

To celebrate victory, we took the path that descends a gap in the cliffs.....

then through the farms and woods to the Wheatsheaf at Brigsteer.

What followed after leaving the pub was a journey of discoveries.  First, a field full of ancient tractors waiting for Tony to restore them. 

Then Mike took us through more woods to a hide that he had discovered.  The sort of hide used to watch birds, not escape hurricanes though you could use it for that.  The valley was under a lot of water.  When you lifted a flap you could see plenty of birds making the most of it.

According to the chart there had been buzzards and curlews and snipes and herons and a whole lot more visiting.  However, apart from lots of ducks, I couldn't tell you what we saw except that the swan was a white one, not the black one that had been spotted.

All that remained for us was to climb back up through Brigsteer Park Wood (more of a challenge than we expected) then amble along the bridle path back to the cars at Sizergh. 

The seven of us.  No more Gareth.  7-0 to the BOOTboys.

 Don, Wednesday 13th March 2019



If you want to follow
he BOOTboys
let us know and
you will receive
of new
BOOTboys reports

          Click on
to contact us.

are now on Facebook


For the Index pages
of our various outings
click on the relevant
link below:

Home Page


















If you want to know which BOOTboys reports refer to having visited any particular Wainwright or certain other tops, see BOOTboys Hill Log
 Warning- it might not be fully up-to-date!


Do you have any comments you would like to make or questions you would like to ask?

If so, please click on .  We look forward to hearing from you.  If you do NOT want your comments to appear on this website, please say so otherwise we will assume that we have your permission for publication in whatever responsible manner we consider appropriate.  Alternatively you can leave a comment on Facebook.

If you would like to become a BOOTboys Follower click on to let us know and you will receive automatic notification of new reports.


Comitibus:  Martin, Mike B, Stan, Don, James, Tony, John


Map: OS 1:50k


BB1910 : BOOTboys 7,  Gareth 0


Wednesday 13th March 2019


Helsington Barrow, Scout Scar


Don, James, John, Martin, Mike, Stan, Tony

Distance in miles (Garmin):


Height climbed in feet (OMN):


GPX track



If you want to know which BOOTboys reports refer to having visited any particular Wainwright or certain other hills, see BOOTboys Hill Log.  Warning- it might not be fully up-to-date!

Photos have been gleaned from many sources although mostly 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.
Unless stated otherwise, please feel free to download the material if you wish.
A reference back to this website would be appreciated.

BOOTboys 2019

E-mail addresses on this web site are protected by Email Riddler

Spam Trawlers will be further frustrated by  Spam Blocker: help fight spam e-mail!

 BOOTboys© is a Lakeland Enterprise production brought to you by

Comitibus Communications©