GLW2118 : Is it a Jump?
20th April 2021
Well, is it a Jum or a Jump?
Or put another way, if it isn’t a Jump, what
is a Jum?
inconclusive. However, subsequent research
has determined that JUM is a computational method for comprehensive
annotation-free analysis of alternative pre-mRNA splicing patterns. Clearly very relevant to the waterfalls of
The smart money therefore
seemed to be on Jump. Parking by Rydal
Church, we set off through the Rydal Hall grounds to test the hypothesis.
After a mile of ravine .....
then open fell,
we reached the site.
The water level
was quite low as it tumbled down the narrow gap from the upper pool to the
lower. It seemed quite possible to leap
from our bank to the massive rock on the opposite side. Indeed, one might be tempted to make the jump. Ah there it is. That word.
In fact there should be little
doubt. Every large-scale Ordnance Survey
map from 1886 to 1998, and again in 2020, calls it a JUMP. Only the 2008 edition says JUM. Was this just a typo from a careless cartographer
or a deliberate error to root out those who copy the maps thereby infringing
copyright? Does that also explain why
Crosthwaite is currently called Crossthwaite on the latest OS map? Or is that a typo also? Either way round, it doesn’t inspire
confidence in their accuracy.
Anyway Jump it is and I was
nearly tempted. At half my age I probably
would have done it. Even at 80% I might
have had a valiant attempt. But such
foolishness is now past. It is still an impressive
place to visit, enjoying our coffee and cake whilst overlooking the pools
centred in the Fairfield Horseshoe.
For the return, we retraced our
steps as far as a bridge that clearly had something to do with the Thirlmere
pipeline, judging by the square, flat-topped plinth on the bridge itself and the typical metal, locked
gate that stood alongside a modern, wooden unlocked gate.
I wasn’t sure that it was possible to access
that side of the beck legitimately but there was nothing to indicate
otherwise. Lower down it was
different. A padlocked gate had to be negotiated. On its other side was a notice clarifying the
situation! Or so the owner thought. It said “No Access To Buckstones Jum”. Fortunately, as you now know, that is not
where we went!
Soon we were back at the
car. As we drove home, you will never
believe the track that came on the radio.
It was Twin
Crew Star with their masterpiece Jum! Jum! Jump! What a remarkable coincidence.
Don, Tuesday 20th
: Is it a Jump?
on the picture above to Relive today's Great
1:25k map; 2.6 miles,