: The Tale of Randy Gill
27th August 2008
this the worst summer in living memory? True,
there has been the odd decent day but it is now some
ten or eleven weeks since there has been a settled period
and all thoughts of going over to Scafell have been
put on hold.
injuries on the mend and a typically poor weather prognosis,
a relatively low level walk was again called for. The
forecast was better for the east so we elected to visit
the Howgills, approaching them from the north via Bowderdale.
Virgin territory, for me at least.
encouraging view from the parked car!
parked just off the A685 near the hamlet of Bowderdale,
midway between Tebay and Kirkby Stephen, and set off
up the valley.
comes into view
clag was down on the fells, there was a quite strong
wind blowing and it was damp in the air.
is a long wild valley, populated only by sheep, brown
cows and wild ponies.
populated by sheep.....
brown cows and wild ponies
was nearly four miles of gentle climbing, albeit somewhat
wet under foot, before we reached our decision point
at the foot of Yarlside- the confluence of Bowderdale
Beck and the intriguingly named Randy Gill.
Gill to the left, Yarlside in the middle and Bowderdale
opted to climb up the nose of the fell to Randy Gill
Top and have lunch in whatever shelter we could find
first we had to cross the becks. Stan took the
bold approach and attempted a big leap across a wide
part but lost his footing on the approach and had a
bit of a dunking. Sadly I did not observe this so no
photographic evidence over which to chuckle.
big leap by Bryan.....
and a little splash by Tony
rest of us chose a narrower part further up where it
was deep on the take off side and shallow for landing.
No problems there nor with the leap over Randy
that last sentence reminded me of John S’s quotation
from one of the Lakeland poets:
wandered lonely as a cloud
O’er bonnie braes
I put a BOOTboy’s boot on a bare boy’s
And a lady’s voice said: "Thanks!"
that have been Randy Gill speaking?
climb up the nose was surprisingly steep
– or maybe we are just out of condition.
by his new poles Tony set off like a train
but it didn’t last!
top was in cloud but as we approached the
cairn so did, from the opposite direction,
an attractive young lady.
expressed surprise at seeing anyone else
up here and was just about to ask her if
she was called Gillian when her minders
appeared so I desisted.
Gill Top Cairn
took a bearing to make sure we headed directly to Leachgill
Bridge- not a man made bridge but a shoulder between
two valleys- where Bryan found us a feeding station
in a leeside gully. After lunch the weather deteriorated
as we climbed up Hooksey but thereafter it improved
markedly as we dropped out of the cloud.
photo in the gully
lifting whilst descending Hooksey
1:25k map shows the path as an unfenced track
and this we had been following without an obvious junction
but Bryan realised that it was taking us down the wrong
ridge to the wrong road so navigational correction was
called for. Otherwise the journey back to the
car and then home passed without incident.
from the parked car- a little better than earlier!
was good to get out but the views had not been spectacular.
Randy Gill deserves another visit on a better
day, so she does!
Don, 27th August 2008
Gill Top, Hooksey
(Walks on the Howgill
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Lyth in the Old Dogs;
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Tony's Memory Lane;
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Thank You Mells
The Langdale Skyline
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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
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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
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The Tale of Randy Gill
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: Helm, direttissimo
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