: The Big Wind-Up
23rd July 2008
I must go down to the
to the lonely sea and the sky.
And all I want is a tall
and a gps to steer her by,
And all I ask is a merry yarn
from a laughing
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream
long trick's over.
apologies to John Masefield
all started with a bit of a wind-up.
that next week is the rescheduled “big one” to Scafell
Pike, clearly a serious training run was required today.
In planning a route, I thought it would be a good
idea to help Tony and Stan finish off the Eastern Fells
book. After a bit of thought I sent them, and
Bryan, the following message:
for Wednesday looks ok. Thought we could do with
some altitude. Found a good walk to link up Glenridding
Dodd (Stan), Hart Side (Tony) and Hartsop Above How
(Tony) thereby completing the book for them both. Involves
the Kirkstone Bus. Only 14 miles and 5,600 feet
so quite good training for the big one.
in mind that firstly that our highest ever height climbed
is “only” 5,056 feet when, after a lot of training,
we did the Helvellyn ridge last year (BB0713)
and that secondly
the Scafell Pike route is “only” 9.6 miles and 4,667
in ascent, I thought they would realise that this was
a wind-up, intended to produce a two worded response
I went wrong, was to issue the e-mail and then disappear
for a few days down to Liverpool to watch the Tall Ships.
We were very lucky; we had a grandstand view of
the events from the riverside garden of Margaret’s cousin Dinah
and husband Alan. Some of those boats are massive. Over
100 yards long and a crew of 200!
there was not much sail on view as they paraded along
I returned from Liverpool, I discovered the wind-up
had completely backfired on me. Tony had sent the
predicted two-word message, complete with asterisks.
However he had then sent a further message opting
out of such a strenuous outing. Bryan, on the
other hand, thought that for once we were going to have
a decent day out and was quite looking forward to the
trip. I was in danger of having my bluff called.
little time left to retrieve the situation I phoned
Tony only to discover he was out fishing. Or as
it transpired, sat on a canal bank for hours until it
was well and truly dark, not catching any fish- which
seems to be the norm these days. I left a message
for him that an opt-out was not permitted but a route
change could be considered. Fortunately he got
the message and the situation was retrieved. The
learning point is that if you are going to wind people
up, you must stick around to deal with the aftermath.
Not disappear to Liverpool for three days.
forecast was for a cloudy start but with
the clag to burn off quite quickly.
that summer was here at last, we slapped
on the suncream before setting off from
first objective was Glenridding Dodd. It
a low peak but needed by Stan to complete
the Eastern Fells and a seriously steep
climb first thing in the day.
from Glenridding Dodd
Dodd from Heron Pike
came Sheffield Pike via Heron Pike, again quite steep
but much easier going up than I had found when descending
it in BB0632.
It was warm but not sunny and the suncream was
mingling with sweat and running down into my eyes!
Pike from Glenridding Dodd
the way we encountered a sole walker who was carrying
little on his back but a considerable bulk hanging out
on his front. We thought he would be easily reined
in, but not so. All credit to him, for a man of
such shape he moved remarkably well. He too was
Wainwright bagging and had only 19 left. Imagine
the speed he might move if he shed three stone!
Side ditch team picture
bagging Hart Side to leave Tony (or “Two-pole
Tone” as he has become known after experimenting successfully
with twin aids to climbing) only needing Hartsop Above
How for his completion of the Eastern fells, we lunched
in the ditch near the summit.
quiet sleep and sweet dream
was quite a cold breeze blowing but in the
ditch it was calm. So much so that,
briefly, the sun threatened to make an
appearance and the drone of Stan and Tony
reminiscing about their newspaper rounds
allowed Bryan to slip into a "quiet sleep
and a sweet dream" well before the long trick
he had needed the "merry yarn" of Philip’s
tales of being the “Newspaper Boy to the
weather surprised us as it went into reverse with the
clag starting to form around the tops again.
Dodd from Hart Side
the time we reached Stybarrow Dodd it was quite thick
and I became somewhat disoriented looking down through
a gap to where I though Ullswater should be only to
see the end of a lake that I eventually realised was
Thirlmere with Bassenthwite in the distance.
Dodd from Raise
route over to Raise is now a motorway until you reach
the rockier part on the summit. We had a brief
pause at the cairn and then set off in a continuation
of the direction in which we had arrived. Bryan
was circling a little to the left calling on the clouds
to lift to give us a good view of Swirral Edge. We
could see the path continuing ahead, a bit further to
our left and dropped down to it. However, although
we were out of the mist, and could see the track off
left to Glenridding, there was still no Swirral
Edge. Then it dawned on us. That was not
the track off left to Glenridding but the track off
left to Thirlmere. In the mist, we had made a
180o error and had actually circled around
the summit of Raise to descend to the path by which
we had arrived.
we had not been lost!
temporarily, we had not known where we were. Situation
rectified, we headed back to Glenridding via Sticks
Pass- a minor variation on our originally intended route.
There is a learning point here, however. When
in mist, take and follow a bearing until you find your
last week’s report BB0824,
was taken to task for forgetting to make mention of
a wildlife incident of a deer bounding in front of the
car on the way home. This week’s wildlife incident
was on the descent of Raise- a puddle full of tadpoles.
passed through the extensive industrial wasteland wondering
what had been mined to make such devastation. It
turned out to have been lead.
back to Raise and Sticks Pass
best view of the day was of Kidsty Pike
we dropped down to the mine working buildings (now mostly
institutional holiday dormitories) with
its impressive flood management gully.
thought it worth revisitng this during a
car of course!
the village of Glenridding there was an unusually
decorated cart just inside a field gate,
It was still
a disappointingly grey day that had not lived up to
its promise but had served its purpose as a worthwhile
training exercise for the “Big One”. Though no
doubt the Wind-up route would have proved even better.
back when it's raining!
to the Liverpool visit, it is now ten years since I
worked there and it is amazing how much the city has
changed. From the river, the skyline now has several
monsters partially obscuring the view of the Liver building
(and of my old office in the Royal “Sandcastle”) and
town centre is moving down towards the waterfront to be integrated
with the Albert Dock, which has changed from being full
of tat shops to an upmarket café culture zone.
Much development has taken place alongside, the
most striking being the new Arena and conference centre.
That horrible walkway over the Strand has been
removed, radically improving the view of the three “Graces”
from the road.
More controversial from a Kendal
viewpoint is the extension of the Leeds Liverpool canal
to bring it along the front past Pier Head to end at
the Albert Dock. Whilst an imaginative scheme
in its own right, this has unfortunately been at the
expense of reopening the northern reaches of the
Lancaster to Kendal canal.
23rd July 2008
Thanks to Alan for two of the Tall
Dodd, Sheffield Pike, Hart Side,
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our route in detail by downloading BB0825.
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- BB0801 :
Avoiding the Graupel;
- BB0802 :
Lyth in the Old Dogs;
Tuesday 22 January
Sunday 27 January
Tony's Memory Lane;
Wednesday 30th January
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
High Street and Kidsty Pike
but no Fairy
Prelude to Spring
Wednesday 2nd April
Spring in Lakeland
Wet, Wet Sleddale to Mosedale Cottage
What's It All About, Tony?
The Hidden Mountain
The Bowland CROW
High Cup Nick:
The Gurt La'al Canyon
The Northern Tip
The Bannisdale Horseshoe
Black, White or Grey Combe?
Thunder on the 555
We'll Give It Five
Thursday 10th July
Shelters from the Storm
The Big Wind-Up
Third (and wettest) Alfie
A Visit to Mud Hall
- BB0828 :
The Tale of Randy Gill
: Mosedale Cottage Revisited
- BskiB08 : Bootski Boys in the Sella Ronda
23rd February - 1st March
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