: The Bannisdale Horseshoe
The Hidden Valley. It must be twenty five
years since I was last there so on a day when a
late start had been necessary, Bryan’s suggestion of
the Bannisdale Horseshoe, only six miles out of Kendal,
sounded just right.
you, he did warn that Wainwright had said “this is
a walk only for the superbly fit”. That nearly put Tony
off until reminded that the Outlying Fells book
was written when he was in his dotage and was intended
for pensioners. Real pensioners- those drawing
their old age pensions, not those youngsters like us
living off company pensions!
week, while I was away, the boys had felt cheated
by the forecasters getting things completely wrong and
the envisaged dreadful day had turned out, too late
to take advantage, to be one of the best of the year
so far. This time, MWIS and the Met Office could
not agree. MWIS was quite optimistic but the Met
Office Mountain forecast, which had the benefit of another
12 hours analysis, envisaged showers.
was a most unusual sight as we headed up the A6. A
bicycle made for four! It seems they were emulating
and trying to break the record from Land's End to John
O'Groats. Presumably the four-up record. But
how many four-ups have made that trip?
was plenty of cloud about, albeit high and unthreatening,
as we turned down the secret lane that leads to Bannisdale.
We did not go far but parked near the junction
for Mosedale Farm.
bicycle made for four!
from Whiteside Pike
At this stage I had not been
paying too much attention to the route, lazily leaving
it all for Bryan, so I was a little confused as we mounted
Whiteside Pike to discover that what I had presumed
was Bannisdale was in fact Longsleddale and we were
doing the horseshoe clockwise.
back to Whiteside Pike and lower Longsleddale
and upper Longsleddale
route along the west side of the horseshoe is complicated
by a couple of walls (where we did as AW suggested and
used the cross stones as stiles) and various fences with
vicious barbed wire on top- some recently renewed and
one, at least, not marked on the map. AW complained
back in 1973 that the farmer had not provided a stile
and wondered if the Kendal Ramblers might help? Sadly
no help was apparent other than at last finding a good
use for the bar towel that Tony has regularly clipped
to his rucksack. Wrapped around the barbs it gave
just enough protection to fell that if the worst came
to the worst, the nether regions would not be ripped
One crossing, however, was better achieved
by precariously standing on top of the fence post and
jumping down onto ground that was dipping away- it seemed
a long drop! Tony preferred the more traditional
it better to jump....
these obstacles allowed us to take in Todd Fell, Capelbarrow
and the highest point of the day, a seemingly unnamed
peak of 1,819 feet situated above Crinklebank Crag Lunch
was eaten in a hollow, almost out of the wind then we
continued around the head of the valley (of which we
could see little) over Long Crag
and White Howe.
remains substantially hidden
Howe cotton fields
The ground in parts might at other
times have been exceedingly boggy but there has been
so little rain lately that it was quite dry. The
"White" in White Howe was presumably inspired
by the multitude of cotton tufts abounding in the area.
Howe Team photo
and Tony reaching unamed top after White Howe
was a long drop off over Lamb Pasture, an area where
Bryan recalled his great achievement of coming third
in the British Ski Orienteering Championships back in
the early 80s when the Lake District still had skiable
(or as much as you are likely to see) plus most of the
Horseshoe from Lamb Pasture
We could see, mostly hidden in some trees
in the valley, a very large house. The map described
it as Lowbridge House. Research subsequently discovered
it to have been described in History
of Westmorland by P J Mannex 1849 as the
“seat and property” of Richard Fothergill, Esq, “a neat
mansion, occupying a pleasant situation at the foot
of Bannisdale, six and a half N. of Kendal and half
a mile W. of the turnpike road, It is in the Elizabethan
style of architecture and was erected in 1837.” Further
research showed that in 2007 it was still in the Fothergill
Family although a rather “Uptairs Downstairs” address
of Eaton Terrance, London is also shown.
we reached the “old turnpike road” we discovered we
had been on a section of The Miller's Way, of which
none of us had heard but I can now reveal that it was
created by Carrs Breadmaker in
2006 to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Carrs.
According to their website
The Miller's Way is
a glorious 51 mile walk from the heart of
Kendal to the centre of Carlisle. It was inspired by the original journey made by Quaker miller Jonathan
Dodgson Carr - who founded the Carr’s flour, bread and biscuit dynasty in
Carlisle on June 29 1831 after leaving his home town of Kendal. It offers the visitor a taste of the Shap Fells, the Howgills, The Pennines and
the tranquil Eden Valley en route to Carlisle.
come we had never heard of it?
The Miller's Way
a sunny period, it tried to rain on the way back
to the car but it was no more than a token. We
completed the round well inside the seven hours allotted
by AW. We did not feel that the accomplishment
quite merited the suggested “ribald rejoicing” but then
we are not quite old enough yet. As a light training
exercise for Scafell Pike in the near future, it was
a good day out. But as for Bannisdale, other than
glimpses of bits every now and then, its charms remained
largely and frustratingly hidden throughout the walk.
11th June 2008
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- BB0801 :
Avoiding the Graupel;
- BB0802 :
Lyth in the Old Dogs;
Tuesday 22 January
: That's Lyth;
Sunday 27 January 2008
: Tony's Memory Lane;
Wednesday 30th January
: Fell's Belles! Thank You Mells?
: The Langdale Skyline and a Fell Race!
An Outbreak of Common Sense;
Thursday 21st February
Askham Fell and the Lowther Estate;
: Thanks to the MWIS
Wednesday 19th March 2008
: High Street and Kidsty Pike but no Fairy
: Prelude to Spring
Wednesday 2nd April 2008
: Spring in Lakeland
6th April 2008
Wet, Wet Sleddale to Mosedale Cottage
10th April 2008
: What's It All About, Tony?
17th April 2008
: The Hidden Mountain
22nd April 2008
: The Bowland CROW
1st May 2008
: High Cup Nick:
The Gurt La'al Canyon
7th May 2008
: Travelling Light
14th May 2008
22nd May 2008
: The Northern Tip
29th May 2008
: The Bannisdale Horseshoe
Black, White or Grey Combe?
19th June 2008
: Thunder on the 555
3rd July 2008
: We'll Give It Five
Thursday 10th July
- BskiB08 : Bootski Boys in the Sella Ronda
23rd February - 1st March
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