: Pottering About
wasn't expecting to have anything particular to report
as this outing was intended to be more or less a re-run
: The Crash Test Dummies.
saved ourselves the road slog from the Linthwaite by
investing £6 to park near the ferry. Unlike
there was no wait for the ferry. Straight onboard.
On the other side we passed through the courtyard
and up the slope to the formerly derelict Claife Viewing
Things have definitely moved on, thanks
to the National Trust. Whereas I had been puzzled
as to the purpose of the steel girders, now it was obvious.
They support a new floor that has been installed.
The workmen kindly let me in for a nosey. A
curved stone staircase is also now in position and the
building is being opened to the public on Wednesday.
It should prove quite an attraction.
was the climb up through the woods. I was impressed
with how well Margaret was going as it is relentlessly
steep for quite some distance.
the top we could her the rumble of an aeroplane but
paid it no attention. Even if we had wanted to,
we wouldn't have been able to see anything because of
quite true. Had I know what it was and when it
was coming, I would have wanted to and would have made
sure we were in an open viewing position such as the
Claife Viewing Station. That would have been perfect.
met a father and son who asked me if we had seen the
Vulcan. No we hadn't.
seemed a little surprised that we should be so badly
informed and didn't know that today was the last ever
of this iconic plane and that it was flying down Windermere.
The lad, about 10, proudly showed me the photos
that he had taken.
on photo for Vulcan information
we dropped down to Far Sawrey, then along to just before
the church and across the fields to Near Sawrey.
time, however, we did visit Hill Top. It was late
afternoon and no coachloads of oriental visitors congesting
the tiny rooms. It must be thirty odd years since
we were last there and we didn't remember that much
about it, other than it being dark and pretty much as
it was a century ago. No photos allowed inside.
still remains as it was but what made the visit was
how helpful and knowledgeable were the guides. Granny's
assessment of Beatrix Potter was that of being a grumpy
old lady- that was her recollection of meeting BP, or
Mrs Heelis as she then was, who was visiting her sick
husband in hospital in York during the war. The
talked about the pictures hanging on the wall and in
particular a couple that looked to my untrained
eye very much in the Potter style but turned out to
be by Ranulph Coldecott. It seems she also "borrowed"
some of his animal characters. Plagiarism is
too strong a word but clearly BP was highly influenced
are some pictures taken from his A
Frog he would a Wooing go
with kind permission of Project Gutenberg
spent so long at Hill Top that we abandoned the thought
of visiting Moss Eccles and Wise Een tarns but returned
to Far Sawrey on the BB1532
bridle path and then likewise over the side of the hill
to Ash Landing except that we discovered a small nature
reserve which made a pleasant change from the road..
again, on reaching the ferry, there was no wait and
we were soon back at the car, reflecting on what an
interesting walk it had been. And yet with all
our Pottering about, we forewent the tarns that had
been the highlight of the BOOTboys
walk. Next time?
Saturday 10th October 2015
5.8 miles (0.8 on ferries) Climbing:
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