Equipment testing day - High Rigg
23rd February 2007
Don and Stan both away on ďmid-winter warmerĒ pensioner
breaks it was left to Tony and I to venture out into
the wet English winter.
decided that we should put the day to some good use
and so opted to treat it as an equipment testing day.
In Tonyís case it was an opportunity to prove that his
expensive (but economically acquired) Lowe Alpine waterproofs
and his newly replaced Brasher boots would stand the
test of a wet and boggy day. In my case it was to try
out a pair of extremely expensive, and very uncomfortable,
mountaineering boots that I have just bought to use
on a trip to the Alps this summer.
rain was pouring down as we left Kendal and made our
way over Dunmail Raise and alongside Thirlmere. This
is a drive thatís becoming much more scenic because
United Utilities, who Ďowní the lake, have started a
project thatís scheduled to last 3 years to remove all
the none-native trees that surround Thirlmere.
means that views from the A591 have really opened up
and with the mist swirling around in the gullies on
the crags opposite, and the water pouring down the hillsides,
it had a look of the fiords about it.
target for the day was a gentle walk over High Rigg.
We parked up in the United Utilities car park at Legburthwaite
just off the A591 and set off up the hill.
new boots have a completely rigid sole, a feature Iím
sure will prove very useful when I have to use crampons
on them on steep ground in the Alps. However on normal
walking terrain itís akin to wearing ski boots and took
a fair bit of getting used to, but thankfully by the
end of the walk I felt much more comfortable. They brought
back memories of my youth, as these were the kind of
boots that all the guidebooks insisted you should wear
on any walk in the hills. Thank goodness opinions have
changed since then!
rain continued to pour down as we made our
way along High Rigg giving Tonyís waterproofs
a good workout. At the far end of the ridge
we dropped down to St Johnís church, where
we took the opportunity to get out of the
rain and have lunch in the porch.
return route took us along the bridleway
that makes its way up St Johnís-in-the-Vale.
Towards the end we passed Bridge End farm,
a lovely spot that normally provides excellent
tea and scones. Sadly itís not open until
April so we pressed on back to the car.
anyone whoís never done this route I can
highly recommend it. Itís particularly good
for a sunny summer afternoon / evening as
itís fairly short (about 5 miles) and only
has a 1,000 feet of climbing, and the tea
and scones at Low Bridge farm makes an ideal
Hardaker, 23rd February 2007
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This page describes a 2007 adventure of BOOTboys, a loose group of friends of mature
years who enjoy defying the ageing process by getting out into the hills as
often as possible!
As most live in South Lakeland, it is no surprise that
our focus is on the Lakeland fells and the Yorkshire Dales.
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1973 and other odd evenings many years ago!
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