: Hail! Beloved Ones
2nd August 2019
up Longsleddale, on the right hand side
at Nether Bower, is a strange garage. We
had seen it several times before and I knew
it had unusual inscriptions and hieroglyphics
on it. This time Robin stopped the
car. Fortunately for a brief period there
was no other traffic on this narrow lane
and I was able to take the photo.
can't see it in the picture but the inscription
over the door says: HAIL! BELOVED
ONES. I only found that out after
I had returned home. It is a quite
remarkable coincidence as that very phrase
had cropped up during the day.
climb from Sadgill up across the field then
up the gully was not a Beloved One. It felt
steep at the time but it was only later
when viewing from across the valley that
we realised just how steep.
in heat and humidity and no wonder I was
out of puff at the top as we sought the
first of the Haweswater Pipeline sighting
pillars. Robin was trying to tell
me that it used to have a wooden platform
but that sounded weird to me.
was a second tower to pass before we made
our way over to Grey Crag, the first Wainwright
capture of the day for Mike T and Robin.
thought we would visit Harrop Pike, just
because it was there. It was boggy
underfoot but things would get worse before
the day was half out. Mike and Robin
had a waterproof boot strategy. I
was deliberately in ultra-lightweight non-proofed
boots. My feet were wet. But
things under foot got worse pretty quickly.
To reach Tarn Crag (Wainwright #2)
it is necessary to cross Greycrag Tarn.
This is a misnomer, it is not a tarn.
It is just a very boggy area. Not
a Beloved One. Would their feet stay
weather was going off now but the distant
views were still good.
close to the summit is another Pillar. A
couple were sat there with the Wainwright
book open. Robin took great delight
in showing me AW’s sketch of the wooden
platform used by the engineers on which
to stand whilst surveying the route for
decided to drop down to the Gatesgarth Pass
where we would decide on whether to head
back down the valley or extend to the hills
to the west. I had to chuckle as we
crossed the exceedingly boggy Brownhowe
Bottom. Both admitted to the fact
there was now dampness in the foot department.
the pass we decided, after some deliberation,
to press on up and capture three more Wainwrights
for Robin. From the top of Grey Crag
the snaking track up the pass and onto to
Harter Fell (W3) had looked quite benign,
which was not as I remembered it. My
memory was right.
I found it a bit of a struggle. Despite
interesting views of Blea Water.....
it was definitely not my Beloved One.
the boys were patient with me and I knew
that once on the top, Kentmere Pike (W4)
and Shipman Knotts (W5) would be easy.
the valley is Ill Bell .....
a distant but distinct Great Gable.
descent to the valley was easier still and
we were feeling rather proud of ourselves
when looking at the sight of the morning's
steep climb. Still not in the Beloved
course you know what was in that category.
Do I need to give you a clue? The
Tap. As the beers were set on the
bar we cried in unison: Hail! Beloved
Ones. We had earned them.
Friday 2nd August 2019
more information about the inscriptions
on the garage visit Nether