26th January 2022
just over a year ago that we had a Lockdown
in which, socially distanced as per the
rules of the time, BOOTboys
(often with their BOOTbabe)
went their separate ways searching for Trig
Points. I concluded the report by saying:
is one other Point that I was hoping to
visit. One that I have never visited,
nor I suspect have any of the BOOTboys.
I was told about it by David W, a
follower. However, circumstances intervened
so you'll have to wait to discover more
about it. No matter how much you ask
me "Where's the Point?" I ain't
gonna tell ya! I'll just give you
one clue. It's less than a mile from
we were going to visit said
mysterious Trig Point.
Pendle Hill is mentioned is
not the one in Lancashire. It
is that of Westmorland, close
to Café Ambio and the
1818 Auction Mart near M6 Junction
was our target? I’ll give
you a clue. Be Prepared. Baden-Powell.
Founder of the Scout Movement
and Big Chief Wearer of the
Woggle. Generally known
as BP. Author of "SCOUTING
or something similar. Does
Scout Hill of course. It’s
perhaps not the finest of hills
but, apart from one messy farm,
it’s a pleasant walk from the
we were leaving 1818, two immaculate, vintage
Rolls Royces arrived. 1934 and 1935
if I remember correctly. They were
due to be auctioned soon. The estimated
price was less than £30k each. That
surprised me. I thought they would
fetch a lot more.
course, there was the usual display of tractors.
is a good view of Farleton Knott as you
cross the canal.
the A65, there was a murmuration taking
place in a field. We have noticed
an increase in such events lately and although
this wasn't the largest I have seen, it
was none-the-less intriguing. Why
do they do it? TreeHugger
has a theory and, even if you don't accept
the hypothesis, I think that if you click
of the Starlings you will impressed.
back to scouting. The route took us up an
old track through gorse that is just coming
into bloom though that does seem rather
early to me.
is easy to spot the trig point from a distance-
the nearby radio repeater station is a big
clue. The nearby repeater station
is a big clue. The nearby repeater
sta.... OK. I'll stop! After
a relatively short climb we were there.
descent took us past the Crabtree
Clay Pigeon Shooting establishment,
which seemed to be very busy, judging by
the regularity of rifle shots that rang
across the valley.
it or not we walked past the Plough at Lupton
even though it was open. It’s not
really the sort of place a self-respecting
out as one that welcomes muddy boots. Motorbikes
parked outside the back door is another
matter. Tony was impressed.
crossing Lupton Beck, we found a deliberately
doorless hut that puzzled us, particularly
the rings outside. Not with any great
confidence, we decided that they were probably
decided against climbing Farleton Knott;
we were scouting for something quite different
now. As we made our way along the
path, we could see the Scout Hill masts
and trig point.
to be seen to the north were the Kentmere
hills. I made a mistake in the sizing
of the photo but I like the result so haven't
rather like those Victorian exaggerated
engravings of the Lake District.
search led us through Farleton, back to
the Café Ambio, into the cars and
north to the Crooklands Hotel. Just
the place for us Scouts to wet our whistles!
Don't know if BP would have approved!
Wednesday 26th January 2022
Robin, Don, Mike, Tony, Don