: See You, Don
3rd October 2019
you, Don," he seemed to say.
had put out feelers to ascertain who was
playing out this week and if they had any
ideas of where to go. I was puzzled
by Terry's response.
I replied "but what should we seek?"
told you: see you, Don."
baffled, I pressed him to explain.
U ; The symbol for copper. Cu. There's
an outdoor artistic copper trail up Coppermines
Valley and it finishes next weekend. It's
called Copper (in our) Veins."
the route surprisingly proved
a bit of a challenge. Although
promoted by the Ruskin
its website was rather vague.
website had a sort of map but
was somewhat lacking in detail.
obvious solution was to telephone
the museum. A
very helpful lady suggested
we called in to
collect directions. She
added that a number of the exhibits
had sadly been stolen from the
than that, the
timing of our visit seemed most appropriate. After
all, it is the
season of mists and mellow fruitfulness
in which the leaves and bracken are taking
on a copper hue.
we arrived at the museum, we saw a copper
boulder stood close to the model village.
man on the desk told us that nearly everything
had gone from the hill. What hadn’t
been stolen had been transferred to safekeeping
and wasn’t on display. There was just the
boat and the boulder left. Apparently the
first mass theft happened shortly after
the trail opened. The items were replaced
but a second occurred after it was featured
I resisted the temptation to ask him
whether the police had found the stolen
goods but it would have made a great headline:
Coppers find copper!
were therefore feeling a little thwarted
but noticed that Wetherlam had not been
stolen so after a Comitibus picture around
the remaining copper boulder in Coniston
we set off, passing some nonchalant Herdwicks
that counted us out, up the track to the
the YHA we found another Copper Boulder,
a Copper Miner’s Truck and then some Copper
Boots. Clearly things were not as
dire as what we had been led to believe.
were men working to reconstruct an
old giant wheel. That will make a
good excuse to revisit the area when it
is finished. We continued up by Red
Dell Beck and found more, somewhat denuded
Copper Boots. Then a single Copper
soled Boot. Presumably not worth pinching
valley got steeper and the weather colder.
By the time we reached the summit
of Wetherlam it was distinctly chilly- the
“feels like” temperature was about zero.
didn’t linger but headed down Keld Gill
Head to Swirl Hause and on to Levers Water.
tried hard to get Terry to repeat his skinny
dipping but he wouldn’t co-operate.
down, we saw the new turbine buildings and
then found more Copper Boots and part of
a Copper Boat.
not much more to report. There was
a man walking Nicholas Crane style with
a brolly in his sac. The sheep that
counted us out hadn't moved.
were still there to count us back into
Coniston where we adjourned to the Black
Bull for, inevitably, some copper coloured
liquid. As we left, the boys bade me farewell.
Can you guess what they said?
Thursday 3rd October 2019