BB2213 : Waignwrights and Wrongs!  

Wednesday 27th April 2022

Hot news:  Kendal Town Council has announced that A.W., M.B.E., has been given a posthumous K and also granted an extra G.  Their latest brochure has a brief article about the Sir Alfred Waignwright award.  He would have been horrified at the lack of accuracy.  It's ironic that our nickname for him is Wainwrong!

We weren't seeking an award but, after a long, covid influenced layoff, Stan and I were back on the Wainwright trail.  Unfortunately, all our outstanding peaks are over on the west side of the Lake District (in what will soon revert to being Cumberland).

To ease us gently into action, we chose three of the lessor tops, starting from Scaly Moss, near Ennerdale Bridge.

First, however, after our long drive from Kendal, we stopped to examine the Kinniside Stone circle.  Last time we were there, BB0932, we were unsure if this were modern, as suggested by the Cumbria Directory or, as A.W. believed, ancient but restored.

Wainwrong was right, of course.  David Watson's guide to the Stone Circles of the Lake District confirms that it was Neolithic in origin but restored in 1925.

We parked near Scaly Moss and the first sight that caught our eyes would have impressed Mick Jagger.  Loads of Wild Horses.  Never seen so many fell ponies.

They were racing down Blakely Raise as we climbed up.

Our route was pretty much the same as thirteen years ago though much of the forestry plantation had been felled.

The first W to be ticked off was Grike, shortly followed by Crag Fell, which provides a good viewpoint over Ennerdale Water and of Scoat Fell, Steeple and Pillar.

To complete the trio we had to drop down to Black Pots then climb Whoap before the ascent of Lank Rigg.  

These hills are relatively featureless though they do provide good views.....  

..... including Sellafield.

Thanks to the long dry period we are enjoying, none of the terrain had been difficult though it must be very boggy in parts following wet weather.  

After our lunch stop in a very accommodating cairn wind shelter, we retraced our steps down Lank Rigg then took the long, long trail following Whoap Beck, passing the point where it merges with another to become the River Calder.

Here we were surprised to meet a large number of cows with their calves. On seeing one of them, I couldn't get Tommy Steele out of my head.  It was a (very) little white bull (though we didn't get close enough to make sure it wasn't a little white heifer). 

Sad as we were to leave the Little White Bull behind, we were comforted by the reminder written on a stone placed near the car that Jehovah is close to the broken hearted.  

Our spirits were not crushed.  Three more Waignrongs had been wrighted.  Only nineteen to go.

Don, Wednesday 27th April 2022


Comitibus:  Stan (+ Pedro), Don

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BB2213 : Waignwrights and Wrongs!


Wednesday 27th April 2022


Grike, Crag Fell, Lank Rigg

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Don, Stan (+ Pedro)


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