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26th November 2008
The joys of international fame.
one exposure on Menton
Daily Photo (see BB0836)
of Jilly's excellent photo of us happy, colour co-ordinated
meant Angela from Nice and Elaine from California were
impressed with our sartorial elegance, whilst Karen
and Virginia from Paris were more or less offering themselves to us. Guy
from Natland, Tim from Dorset, plus Ian
and Alan, both from Stockport, all saw fit to
mark our new found celebrity.
also thought that she spotted BOOTboys officiating in
another of Jilly's photos, this time on the Monte
Carlo Daily Photo
(Everything you imagined - and more).
our secret out at last?
team photo in Gorbio
BOOTboys in Monaco?
Pasi from Finland solved the mystery of the car. ARIANE,
not ARLANE (see also BB0836
from Manchester, who has a place in Menton, had been
told by the locals that the viaduct on the way to Sospel
was in fact a Roman aquaduct and that there was a plaque nearby
to that effect.
remained convinced it was for trains and
was sure I had seen an old photo of it in
use, pre-war, but couldn't find it.
asked Jilly to settle the argument.
kindly agreed and managed to establish that it had
actually been a narrow guage tramway built
around 1914 and discontinued in 1931. She
also found the photo.
is called the Viaduc
then..... what next after all that five minutes worth of
Well, it was rumoured that we would have
been invited onto the Jonathan Ross show had it not
been cancelled. And we are considering offers
to appear on Strictly Come Clog Dancing next year. But
meanwhile, it was back to what we do best-
deciding where to go to avoid getting too wet in the soggy old
A was to follow up from our circumperambulation of Thirlmere
with the same of Windermere. There is a Windermere
that does just that, but at 45 miles it would need to
be done in four stages. Ambleside to Ferry House via
Loughrigg seemed a good way to start until we discovered
that the ferry is out of action. As the WW guide
leaflet says "Don't get caught out on the West
side, it's a long way back." Very true!
B was the circumperambulation of Grasmere and Rydal Water
via a figure of 8 (so that each would be circumdooferred
parked at the White Moss car park that used to be free
for National Trust members but made so much money that
Lowther Estates didnít renew the lease and now charge
everyone a fiver for the privilege of leaving your car
in a muddy old quarry yard for the day.
first objective was Alcock Tarn so we needed to find
the path that took us up to the minor road from whence
we could get on the fellside proper. We passed
an unintimidated heron and found that at the entrance
to the path were a couple of workmenís portable huts
and a warning that the path to Rydal was closed. As
we were not going to Rydal for a few hours we pressed
on up by the stream to emerge by a bridge which was
half heartedly half roped off with a typical Nanny State
Health and Safety warning that the footpath to Rydal
was closed for engineering works.
Nanny says closed
was quite damp in the air as we climbed but there were
very ďatmospheric" views of Rydal Water and Grasmere.
Water and Grasmere
When we reached the
Alcock Tarn Infinity Pool and saw the patterns on
the water, I realised that actually it was raining quite
hard and I was now too wet to put on my overtrousers!
..... Infinity Pool
the steep descent to Greenhead Gill. We were no
longer in rain but rainbows were appearing. Care
was needed on the very greasy rock steps.
with rainbow on Greenhead Gill
the Swan Inn and through the outskirts of Grasmere Village......
Crag from Grasmere
.....before climbing up past Allen Bank towards Silver How.
view from higher up!
We had intended to take lunch on the top but Tony
was threatening rebellion so instead we stopped on a
crag with a fine view over Grasmere and a distant Rydal
How Team Photo
After lunch, a rejuvenated Tony lead the
charge on Silver How- well, for a short way! We
made our way across potentially confusing terrain, past
a couple of tiny tarns.
1 looking north
Tarn 2 looking south to Windermere
After dropping down through
the woods to Loughrigg Terrace, for the umpteenth time
I took a picture of this classic view looking
over Grasmere to Dunmail Raise.
for this part of the walk, we crossed the
river in the bluebell woods between the
two lakes and returned to the car
for second lunch, there to ditch our sacs so we could travel
fast on the shorter, easier circuit of Rydal Water.
would we be able to do it?
Would we have to turn
due to the footpath closure?
I was getting quite
worried because if we were unable to complete the figure
of eight around the two lakes, it would quite ruin my
title for todayís walk- Back to Real8ty!
was no need to panic. We found a different way up to the higher path-
the coffin route from Rydal to Grasmere. This by-passed the closed bridge and we
made the trip to
Rydal Mount with nothing more worthy to note than meeting
a couple with happy faces and a beautiful Gordon Setter.
I remarked on what a lovely dog it was and they
smilingly thanked me. Then, a few yards later,
Stan asked if I had noticed the aroma. I hadnít
but sniffed the air and there was a strange sweet smell
hanging, definitely not perfume or aftershave. No
wonder they were so smiley. They had been smoking
reefers. Or so Stan assured me.
was keen to see inside St
Rydal with all its Wordsworth connections. Inside
was remarkably simple with a nice stained glass window
at the eastern end.
..... and window
crossed the main road at the bottom of the lake and
made our way up to Rydal Cave.
I was quite taken
aback to find that the entrance was barred by a wooden
fence and a notice asking people to keep out as there
had been rockfalls from the cave roof recently.
this second set of entreaties from the Nanny State,
we entered to see what had changed.
light was starting to fade and it was very damp inside-
much drippier than I remember. So we just took
a team photo.
Because I used flash, it picked
up on the water droplets and it quite looks as if we
were having a birthday party or something with lots
of silver balloons but I assure
you we werenít.
We headed along the terrace on the south
side of the lake and back to the car to complete the
second cirumthingy of the day.
the way home we were discussing our next lake circy.
I suggested we did Windermere as in Plan A above-
i.e. in four independent sections- but Bryan insisted
that it would not count unless we completed the round
in one epic. He and Stan started reliving old
triumphs. The 45 miles was even referred to as
a Bob Graham for pensioners. It would be no problem
if properly supported. Those not wanting to do
the full round would have to join in as support crew
for various sections.
Hum. What are these guys on? No wonder Stan
was able to recognise that smell referred to earlier!
26th November 2008
Rydal Water, Alcock Tarn
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This page describes an 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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- 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
: Mist Over Pendle
: Luncheon Chez Monty
Thursday 2nd October
: Escape from the Madness
: Only on a Thursday
: Reflections on Thirlmere
: Reet Grand Randonnées
- 19th November
: Back to Real8ty
: Ladies Invitation Day
: Why Mungrisedale Common?
: Breast High in Bretherdale
: Helm, direttissimo
: Cunswick Fell and back in the dark!
- BskiB08 : Bootski Boys in the Sella Ronda
23rd February - 1st March
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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!