: Rosy-fingered Dawn
16th February 2014
rare dry and almost sunny day in this persistently precipitous
year. Time for an outing. A visit to Grange-over-Sands
and, to prove that we were still too young to live there,
a climb to the Hampsfell Hospice.
Although this sounds like the sort of place to
which we should retire in our dotage, it is nothing
of the sort. It is a strange monument, over the doorway
of which is the Greek inscription:
Danae advises means "rosy-fingered dawn",
seemingly a favourite epithet
of Homer to describe daybreak - a sky broken by a burning
golden disc, sliced with pink.
was well past a not so rosy-fingered dawn when we parked in Grange, down at
the bottom near the Victorian parade of shops. We
walked up past the Voysey styled but much more recent
building that an old chap told us was flats but looked
more like a retirement home to us.
further up, the map said we were passing Nutwood Manor
but there was no sign of Rupert Bear, nor indeed of
the Manor House.
rare thing, the sun was threatening to shine as we climbed
Hampsfell to the Hospice. It is an interesting
structure with internal inscribed boards, an external
stairway that would be hazardous were it not for the
iron banister and, on top, a fine view point where the
features are identified by an old wooden pointer.
here we headed south to a structure which according
to the OS map was a beacon but looked little more than
a cairn, but a fine viewpoint, none the less.
a coffee stop, we took the track to the back streets
of Grange (not an unpleasant experience) and dropped
down to the prom, walking south to the cafe just before
the old swimming pool. After some dozy service
but a tasty bacon and brie butty, we retraced our steps
and continued, arm in arm like a couple of old dears
until we reached the station where we crossed the road
back to the car.
that was missing was a small dog- it seemed that everyone
else on the prom had one.
Or a grandchild or two
on a kiddy bike.
One day soon perhaps?
Sunday 16th February 2014
4.8 miles; Height climbed:
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