22nd March 2007
forecast was for a misty day with better weather in
the west so Tony suggested we went to the Duddon Valley.
Bryan observed that it was a bit of a drive but
we could go up to Seathwaite Tarn from Seathwaite village
and, if the mist lifted, go on to do Grey Friar, which
just happened to be a Wainwright that he needed. Stan
thought we could reduce the driving by starting from
Coniston and walking along the Walna Scar Road. Concerned
that this was substituting a long walk for a long drive,
I suggested we drove up Wrynose to the Three Shires
Stone and attacked Grey Friar from there.
was agreed that we should decide the plan
of attack when we met up. Which is
how we came to the decision to go to across
the ferry to Latterbarrow instead! Latterbarrow
just happens to be a Wainwright Outlying
Fell that Bryan needed.
Windermere by ferry was a novel first for
BootBoys. We parked by the edge of
the lake and made our way over the fell
by the bridle path to Far Sawrey, emerging
by the Sawrey Hotel, which holds happy memories
for me of my 30th birthday.
Heights from the ferry
here we followed another bridle path to Moss Eccles
Tarn and then Wise Een Tarn.
from here to Latterbarrow was slightly more of a challenge
along forestry paths through deciduous woods and a forestry
clearing of coniferous land that looked like Armageddon
and then finally through a short remnant of the coniferous
wood before emerging on the open ground of Latterbarrow.
Although cloud covered the higher peaks, the views
from here were quite splendid and merit a return on
a better day.
on top and then a simple descent to High Wray, past
a gate with a remarkable ten lock bolt, and then the
long path along the lake back to the car.
got a key?
we were going soft in our old age and morphing BootBoys
into SlipperStrolls? Not if our plans come to
fruition. Coming soon: Scafell plus the
length of the Hellvellyn range from north to south!
22nd March 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.
As for the name, BOOTboys, it does not primarily derive from an
item of footwear but is in memory of Big
Josie, the erstwhile landlady of
the erstwhile Burnmoor Inn at Boot in Eskdale, who enlivened Saint Patrick's Day
1973 and other odd evenings many years ago!
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