BB1921 : Then There Were Two

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Due to earlier commitments Brian and Martin were unable to join in with the main outing this week.  The weather was too good to miss however so they decided to have a quick circuit of Red Screes and Middle Dodd to knock off a couple more Wainwrights for Brian.

The route had been used a few years ago in the winter snows (BB1606) and to add an impetus to the day, (partly due to the extortionate parking charges in Ambleside), a return to the car by 15.20 was required!

It was a warm struggle up The Struggle and shortly after taking to the open fell we chatted with a man somewhat older than either of us who had three dogs and his arm in a sling.

It transpired that a few months earlier he had been thrown from a horse in Scandale Valley, broken his shoulder, collar bone and a couple of ribs He had managed to get himself almost back to Ambleside before a passing walker called the rescue services. There was no mention of the outcome for the horse.

Further on we chatted to another much older chap on his way down, dressed in a fleece with hat and gloves who said that there was a cold wind on the top. He explained that he was doing on of his regular walks – bus to the Kirkstone Inn then up the steep face of Red Screes before walking back to Ambleside. He was very pleased to report that he had done the climb in his usual 48 minutes!! Most times he usually descends to Ambleside, catches a bus to Dungeon Ghyll and walks over the top to Grasmere before bussing back home to Windermere. We were full of admiration.

We thought Tony may have been to the top recently as we found a pile of potatoes scattered around. It being too early and too cold to stop at the summit for lunch, we made for Middle Dodd and found shelter and warming sunshine.

The descent was uneventful, contouring round to the head of Scandale before a non stop walk back to Ambleside.  A swift pint followed in The Golden Rule and we were back at the car exactly at 15.20.

Martin, Wednesday 26th June 2019

 Comitibus:  Brian, Martin

Rowing Machine on Scafell Pike

Last Sunday, Bryan was out with the Kendal Fell Walkers "A Team" on a rather more challenging walk than today's.  He told us about a most unusual sighting:

Just as we were leaving Dungeon Gill at the start of our walk, we met a man carrying a rowing machine. We interrogated him and found that he was about to carry it to the summit of Scafell Pike!

We set off on our walk and, although we went via Bowfell, we met him again approaching the summit of the Pike. Absolutely remarkable. He carried it on to the summit cairn where he proceeded to row 978 metres (the height of the Pike).

Apparently he'd started his outing by climbing Snowdon and had then walked to Langdale from there (still carrying his machine) and was then on his way to Ben Nevis!

You can read and see much more about Matt Disney's 700 km Rowing Machine challenge at: Jason Howard Photography.

Matt says that he is undertaking a series of challenges for Rock2Recover and for The Royal Marines Charity because of the great work they do.  If you would like to support him, visit his Just Giving page.

Bryan's walk photos are on the KFW website together with a map of the route.

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BB1921 : Then There Were Two


Wednesday 26th June 2019


Red Screes, Middle Dodd


Brian, Martin

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Map: OS 1:50k

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