The Dove and The Deep Dales Round
Lineker said recently that he always knew if he was
going to play well from how he felt in the warm up.
I understood that today. Perhaps
it was that extra round of toast, I donít know, but
I was feeling good. So were Stan and Tony and,
without Bryan to slow us down (there you are, Tony, Iíve
put it in for you- now await the retribution), we kept
a cracking pace going all the way round a long and challenging
day in which we circumnavigated the combination of Dovedale
Hartsop Dodd and Dovedale
It was a grey day but we had high hopes
that it would improve eventually. We parked at Cow
Bridge, Hartsop and set off along
the side of Brothers Water and past Hartsop Hall. High Hartsop Dodd
was tackled by its nose; steep but taken
at a steady lick. There are a lot of false summits
here. The guide is that if you donít see a wall,
it is not the summit. If you do see a wall, then
it is still not the summit but it is the last rogue.
bounces up High Hartsop Dodd
from High Beckstones cairn
Onwards then to Little Hart Crag where we missed the
regular path so had to improvise a direttissimo approach.
Dove Crag, via High Beckstones, and Hart Crag followed in quick succession
and, although T-time had been challenged, we kept Tony
motivated by pointing to the top of Fairfield where
we guaranteed he could eat.
from Link Hause
When we stopped
at the summit shelter, Tony
spotted an enormous beetle and for a moment I thought
he was going to add it to his cheese buttie!
picture on Fairfield
lunch for Tony?
way back from Fairfield, around Deepdale
lunch, Stan insisted on taking us over Cofa Crag, which,
although only a minor bump, I do find a little daunting
with its steep drops. However the greatest danger
was from Stanís boot, which nearly ended in my mouth
as he tripped!
climb up to St Sunday Crag, in improving weather,
was long and again with several unkind falsies. On
the other hand Birks was a breeze.
and Place Fell from Birks
we had to make a decision. Was Arniston a Crag
too far? We were still going well and it would
cut a corner and save a mile of road slogging so we
decided to include it. What a splendid little
peak in a superb position overlooking Patterdale and
descent was a challenge.
Crag from Deepdale
We pioneered a new route
down through steep bracken to emerge close to Deepdale
Hall. All that remained was a pleasant stroll through
the cool of the woods back to the car in what was now
a glorious afternoon.
have made little mention of the views. That is
simply because it would double the length of the report
with multiple repetitions of statements to the effect
that the views from here were tremendous. But if you
want to see a 360 degree panorama from the top of St
Sunday Crag, click on the photo below.
2nd August 2007
Distance: 10.6 Miles (Harveys
climbed: 3,947 feet (Harveys / Anquet)
High Hartsopp Dodd, Little Hart Crag, Dove Crag,
Hart Crag, Fairfield, St Sunday Crag, Birks, Arniston
Bryan was not entirely idle this week. He
was out on Monday on a 9W stroll in the North Western
Fells! For the latest totals see: Wainwrights.
If anyone wants to claim other peaks, please let
me know and I will submit them to the adjudication committee!
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has kindly produced a log of which Wainwrights have
been done by which Bootboy
in the "modern" era, i.e. since the advent
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anyone wants to claim other peaks, please let me know
and I will submit them to the adjudication committee!
This page describes a 2007 adventure of BOOTboys, a loose group of friends of mature
years who enjoy defying the aging 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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