BB0838 : Ladies Invitation Day

Thursday 4th December 2008

Each year, round about this time, we have a BOOTboys night out.  This year, we decided to make it a fuller experience by incorporating a daytime outing pitched at a level to suit all those partying in the evening.  This gave us the opportunity to welcome back Pete after an absence from the fells of nearly two years (BB0604) and for a further instalment of the Comeback Trail for John.  As a gentle four miler around Farleton Knott was the objective, the ladies were also invited to join us.

I don't know if it was the snow, the ice, the mist or the rain or perhaps the 20% off at Marks & Spencer, but for some reason none of the ladies chose to join us.  We nearly didn't have Bryan, either.  The snow in Kendal was much deeper than south of town and having looked out of his window onto six inches of snow, he was surprised to discover the expedition was still on.

Tony, on the other hand, was in his element.  The late start not only meant Pete could drive the 100 miles in daylight, Tony could actually have his lunch at the appointed hour before setting off, although his road too was treacherous. Stan's was even worse- even the gritters had failed to make it up his hill.

The Met Office forecast was for it to fair up in the early afternoon but it required an act of faith as we drove down the A65 in the sleet.  Farleton Knott was shrouded in mist but then, suddenly as we parked, it cleared.

Farleton Knott emerging from the mist

Our plan was to climb up by the bridle path towards Hutton Roof Crags in order to take Farleton Knott by surprise from behind.  

Hutton Roof Crags

The path was steeper than I remembered it, quite rough and very icy- tricky conditions for someone recovering from a second replacement knee operation but John was going well. By the time we curved off round the back of the limestone pavement we were in snow and it looked as if we might get caught by a snow shower.  We took an emergency team photo, just in case, but fortunately the shower more or less missed us.

John leads the charge

Emergency team  photo

Even on a grey and misty day, the view from the top is impressive.  Given that there was a strong (and very cold) wind blowing on the top, it was strange to see the factory smoke rising vertically.

You can almost see the Lake District!

Tony was particularly intrigued by spotted a fishable tarn that he knew nothing about.

Whitbarrow Scar and Tony's target tarn

The view south

We took a short break below the limestone cliff where Stan had his lunch and Pete relived the last time he was here- circa 1973 when a few of us were given a rock climbing lesson by Graham.  

Pete's original climb was memorable for his trousers splitting and something not normally seen on the fells dangling out.  

John's recollection is that I was throwing stones at these objects but I am sure that can't be right.  

But was it my imagination or did something similar happen to Pete's trousers on this occasion?

Those of a squeamish disposition ought not click on Pete's photograph on the right for an enlargement, for fear that it might offend or upset.

Pete relives his youth!

Anticipating that the way down would be even slippier than the climb, I took the precaution of fitting my Grivel Spiders instep crampons and they performed superbly.  I highly recommend them.

All safely back at the car, we returned to Kendal to prepare for the evening session.

The BOOTboys had booked in at Rococo Joe's for 6:30 p.m. and, this being Ladies Invitation Day, the ladies had been invited to dine at a different restaurant, the New Moon, at 7:45 p.m..

Our meal was excellent and was followed by a tour, not entirely to Tony's liking, of the fleshpots of Kendal.  Firstly, the Ivy Leaf Club where we were spotted by a certain retired doctor who will now enjoy his five minutes of international fame.  

Dr Paul spots the BOOTboys

Team picture in the Ivy Leaf Club

Then on to a remarkably busy Burgundy's Wine Bar following which, John was in need of his cocoa so he made an excuse and left.  Meanwhile, we undertook the serious assault of an icy Beast Banks to the Rifleman's Arms, to which the ladies had been invited to join us after their meal.  As expected, there were many musicians busking away but, sadly, no John S (although son Daniel was plucking away on his guitar) nor Tony the Silversmith.  The ladies arrived shortly after us, having dined well at the New Moon, and the party continued until midnight.  Or much later in our case, being restarted once we arrived home with Pete & Col!

In BB0837 I was rather unkind to Kendal's Councillors and their Christmas lighting efforts. I take it back.  Kendal's lights this year are a big improvement on the previous pathetic efforts.  Strangely, the same cannot be said about the various establishments we visited. Not a great deal of effort had been put into festive decorations in any of them.

Maybe it was because we hadn't opted for the Christmas menus?  

Nevertheless, everyone enjoyed the night but the ladies kept asking why had they not been invited to dine with us at the same restaurant at the same time?  It's a good question. If they are good to their BOOTboys, the entertainments committee will review the ladies invitation arrangements for next year!

Meanwhile, in this cold and grey weather, let me conclude by returning to our rather warmer French trip and international exposure. Bryan has passed me a CD of his photos from Menton (BB0836).  Amongst the many splendid pictures are three I want to highlight.  The first, a team photo at sunset on arrival showing the Winter Palace catching the last rays and, as a backdrop, the jagged hills just behind Menton.


Next, one of the Annonciade which I think captures the peace and tranquility of the place with its path seemingly radiating from the chapel.  On the right, one featuring Bryan stood in front of one of my favourite Menton views, the Jardins Biovès with the mountains behind.

The Annonciade

Bryan and the Jardins Biovès

I had not expected to return to the subject of the Romanesque tramaduct from Menton to Sospel via Castillon (see BB0836 and BB0837) but Jilly spotted an item in the Menton section of the local paper Nice Matin together with this picture.  

The gist of the article is that every town wanted its tramway link but this was the most difficult due to the steep mountainous terrain.

To read the article (written in French, naturally) click on Nice Matin.

Quand le train arrivait au village

The title "Quand le tram arrivait au village" reminded me of a naughty old song sung to the tune of Dvorak's Humoresque No. 7.  

"When the train is in the station....."

Had I thought about this last night, I would probably have started singing it!  

Ladies, be happy that I didn't!

Don, 5th December 2008



4th December 2008


4.0 miles

Height climbed:

768 feet



Other Key Features:

Farleton Knott


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2008 Outings

  • BB0801 :
    Avoiding the Graupel;  
    Wednesday 16 January
  • BB0802 :
    Lyth in the Old Dogs;
    Tuesday 22 January
  • BB0803 :
    That's Lyth;
    Sunday 27 January
  • BB0804 :
    Tony's Memory Lane;
    Wednesday 30th January
  • BB0805 :
    Fell's Belles!
    Thank You Mells
    Wednesday 6th February  
  • BB0806 :
    The Langdale Skyline
    and a Fell Race!
    Wednesday 13th February
  • BB0807a:
    An Outbreak of Common Sense;
    Thursday 21st February
  • BB0807b:
    Askham Fell and
    the Lowther Estate;
    Thursday 13th March
  • BB0808
    Thanks to the MWIS
    Wednesday 19th March
  • BB0809 :  
    High Street and Kidsty Pike
    but no Fairy
    Friday 28th March
  • BB0810 :  
    Prelude to Spring
    Wednesday 2nd April
  • BB0811 :  
    Spring in Lakeland
    Sunday 6th April
  • BB0812 :  
    Wet, Wet, Wet Sleddale to Mosedale Cottage
    Thursday 10th April
  • BB0813 :  
    What's It All About, Tony?
    Thursday 17th April
  • BB0814 :  
    The Hidden Mountain
    Tuesday 22nd April
  • BB0815 :  
    The Bowland CROW
    Thursday 1st May
  • BB0816 :  
    High Cup Nick:
    The Gurt La'al Canyon
    Wednesday 7th May
  • BB0817 :  
    Travelling Light
    Wednesday 14th May
  • BB0818 :  
    Pensioners’ Day Out
    Thursday 22nd May
  • BB0819 :  
    The Northern Tip
    Thursday 29th May
  • BB0820 :  
    The Bannisdale Horseshoe
    Wednesday 11th June
  • BB0821 :  
    Black, White or Grey Combe?
    Thursday 19th June
  • BB0822
    Thunder on the 555
    Thursday 3rd July
  • BB0823
    We'll Give It Five
    Thursday 10th July
  • BB0824 :
    Shelters from the Storm
    Thursday 17th July
  • BB0825 :
    The Big Wind-Up
    Wednesday 23rd July
  • BB0826 :
    Tony’s Third (and wettest) Alfie
    Wedmesday 30th July
  • BB0827 :
    A Visit to Mud Hall
    Tuesday 19th August
  • BB0828 :
    The Tale of Randy Gill
    Tuesday 27th August
  • BB0829 : Mosedale Cottage Revisited
    Wednesday 3rd September
  • BB0830 : Mist Over Pendle
    Wednesday 10th September
  • BB0831 : Luncheon Chez Monty
    Thursday 2nd October
  • BB0832 : Escape from the Madness
    Thursday 9th October
  • BB0833 : Only on a Thursday
    Thursday 16th October
  • BB0834 : YIFT
    Wednesday 29th October
  • BB0835 : Reflections on Thirlmere
    Thursday 6th November
  • BB0836 : Reet Grand Randonnées
    15th - 19th November
  • BB0837 : Back to Real8ty
    Wednesday 26th November
  • BB0838 : Ladies Invitation Day
    Thursday 4th December
  • BB0839 : Why Mungrisedale Common?
    Wednesday 10th December
  • BB0840 : Breast High in Bretherdale
    Wednesday 17th December


 The Comback Trail

  • CBT01 : Helm, direttissimo
    Monday 22nd September
  • CBT02 : Cunswick Fell and back in the dark!
    Monday 29th September



  • BskiB08 : Bootski Boys in the Sella Ronda  
    23rd February - 1st March


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