Gowbarrow Fell and Glenridding Dodd
21st November 2007
was the theme of the weather forecasts so even as Bryan,
Tony and I left Kendal to head for Pooley Bridge we
were still keeping our options open. Should it
be a wet weather circuit around Askham (arguably research
for a Slipper Stroll) or, if the cloud level was high
enough, the capture of a low Wainwright, Gowbarrow Fell?
Passing through Shap in teeming rain, even the Slipper
Stroll seemed ambitious but as we drew closer to Ullswater,
the day improved radically and it was with some confidence
that we decided to tackle the hill.
Fell from the car park
was a reception committee awaiting at the car park above
Aira Force but it transpired they were looking for the
local hunt. We descended by the stream to the
falls and most impressive they were after the heavy
rain. There are a number of plaques in the vicinity,
the most interesting being a glowing tribute to Cecil
Spring Rice, our Man in Washington during the Great
War of whom it was said that "No ambassador has
ever had to discharge duties of greater delicacy or
of more far reaching importance."
down Aira Force.....
and back up
route took us on the gently ascending path that runs
for a mile or so above Ullswater before turning north
above Yew Crag.
was here that we saw the hunt, or at least several dogs.
We met the Master of the Hounds, complete with
horn and Tony asked him if they had put anything up
yet. “Oh yes, we have had five kills already today”
was not what he was going to say to three total strangers.
Instead he blew his horn and, I kid you not, a
thick mist rose up out of the valley and engulfed him.
When it rolled back, Huntsman, Horn and his dogs
had all vanished. Spooky.
Hunstman awaits the pack.....
and summons up the mist
bit further up the hill we met another, more communicative
huntsman who confirmed that they were out with the Ullswater
pack of over thirty dogs and that the path ahead of
us was muddier than he had ever seen it. He was
was an exceedingly wet approach to the summit but the
day was looking good.
as well as I was able to establish from
the trig point that the gps on my phone that
I had finally got to work with Anquet maps
was consistently reporting a position about
100 yards west of where we undoubtedly were.
Had the clag come down, who knows
where we might have ended up?
took lunch at the summit, aware that the
clouds were gathering and something very
dark and menacing was approaching from the
far end of the lake. The temperature
was dropping fast. It was not a time
to linger and we took the direct route to
Dockray and back to the car.
the rain set in, that might have been the end of our
day, but although it was still getting gloomier, there
was the opportunity to bag another low Wainwright that
most of us (Bryan excepted) had decided not to climb
We drove to Glenridding and parked in the big
car park. The objective was a quick up and down
of Glenridding Dodd so we decided on travelling light,
abandoning all rucksacks and, of course, singing Cliff
although the path that starts off up the
crag is clearly marked on the map and can
be seen on the ground, the farmer has frustrated
all attempts to reach it legally.
after a lot of to-ing and fro-ing and somewhat
misleading consultation with locals, we
did find an alternative and well trodden
way around Blaes Crag.
we only consulted the Chris Jesty revision
of AW’s Eastern Fells before setting off,
we would not have had this problem.
path proved steep and it was much more of a late afternoon
challenge than we normal inflict on ourselves before
we reached the shoulder where we had opted out of this
peak on BB0632.
Dodd team photo
I suspected at the time, the opt-out had
been a mistake as, from here, it was an
easy and short zig-zag to the top.
had quite an explore around the subsidiary
peaklets at the summit, trying to find the
best view of as much as possible of Ullswater.
a good day, this must be a magnificent viewpoint
but the light was fading somewhat and there
was the hint of drizzle setting in so we
returned to the car much faster than on
from Glenridding Dodd
on a day when we almost did not bother, we achieved
a successful two-parter and two more steps towards another
badge. Where can you buy those Wainwright badges
to glue or stitch to your rucksack?
We also gleaned
some invaluable information from Tony whose fishing
club’s pond has been under attack and all the larger
fish have disappeared.
consulted experts, he now knew that, in
this instance at least, it was wrong to
accuse the Poles of taking the fish. The
cause was definitely Otters and he had photos
of otter poo containing fish eggs to prove
poo is not the sort of thing, photos of
which, we would inflict upon Bootboys
readers but an exception is hereby made
so that if you have a similar problem with
your pond, you may be able to identify the
culprits without provoking an international
poo with fish eggs
21st November 2007
miles (Garmin/ Memopry Map) (5.0 & 2.7 respectively)
climbed: 2,526 feet (Anquet) (1,332 & 1,194
Gowbarrow Fell and Glenridding Dodd
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- BB0701 Loughrigg - the GPS
- BB0702 Whinfell- Castle
- BB0703 Wansfell Pike or the
- BB0704 BOOTboys Cancelled Day plus High Altitude
- BB0705 Out of the Mist and
into the Cloud
- BB0706 Cockups and much much
- BB0707 Equipment testing day
- High Rigg
- BB0708 Seat
- BB0709 Circling Hollow
- BB0711 Eagle Crag and
- BB0712 Bakestall, Great
Calva and the Great Divide
- BB0713 Helvellyn- the range;
North to South
- BB0714 Ease Gill to Great
Stone Arthur, Fairfield and Apocolypse Now
- BB0716 Caudale Moor and
- BB0717 High and Low Rigg or
maybe a Rival?
- BB0718 Oh No! Not Steel
- BB0719 Mad Dogs and Easedale
Tarn, Codale and Tarn Crag
- BB0720 An English Munro:
Helvellyn via Catstycam
- BB0721 Levers Water
- BB0722 By Steamer to Hallin
and Place Fells
- BB0723 The Dove and The Deep
Wainwright's Worst Wet Walks!
- BB0725 To Hell in a Bucket.
- BB0726 Wrinklies on the
Crinklies and the Return to Hell!
BOG OFF- Pen-y-Ghent & Whernside
Knotts and Half a Horseshoe
- BB0729 Pikeawassa and the
A Gray Day
- BB0731 Another Gray
- BB0732 Gable and a Great
- BB0733 To
Monroe or Not to Monroe?
- BB0734 Nabbing the
- BB0735 Helm Crag and a
Question of Ethics
- BB0736 Gowbarrow Fell and
- BB0737 Middle Dodd and Red
- BB0738 An Adventure and a
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years who enjoy defying the aging process by getting out into the hills as
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