BB0909 : It's not a W!

Thursday 12th March 2009

We were working under two constraints today.  

Firstly Pete (yes, we had the Cheshire BOOTboys, Pete and Ian, back with Stan and me today), advised that he felt up for something a bit more demanding than the fells local to the Kendal area.

Secondly Tony, who could not be with us as he is still rebuilding his house after the fire (whilst living the merry life in a pub), insisted that we didnít do any Ws that he might need if heís not there.

That set me thinking.  If we were not to do any Ws that he might need, which Ws could we do that he didnít need?  I was taking this literally rather than metaphorically in the Wainwrightian sense.  Anyway, there was a short list from which one W leapt out at me- Wetherlam.  So that was my target.

In fact, I have only ever been up Wetherlam once, on BB0411, and I had found it very hard work, which I put down to the extreme route that Bryan had chosen.  

I had attempted Wetherlam in the 1970s with Margaret but when a white-out rushed across from Great Gable we opted to shelter in a bield whilst our companions, Dave G and Suzy S successfully reached the summit (or so they said) and returned to tell the tale.

This time we would go up the nose from Coniston.  But then another W intervened: the Weatherman, who warned of high winds, considerable buffeting on the tops and potential showers in the west.  Better east of Helvellyn.

So in a complete volte face I proposed that we drive up Longsleddale, climb Kentmere Pike from Sadgill and then work our way round according to conditions and fitness.

I had hoped that there would be enough snow left to merit using my new acquisitions- a pair of proper winter mountain boots (hard shell plastic outers with pixie boots inside- constructed rather like skiboots) plus full crampons- all bought on e-bay at a bargain price.

However, the melt had been too strong and we were unlikely to be troubled by any ice today.

Ready for anything!

Longsleddale from Sadgill

We parked at Sadgill and made our way up the track over to Kentmere, turning right to follow the wall all the way past Shipman Knotts, Goat Scar, to Kentmere Pike and then onto Harter Fell.  

Kentmere Pike from near Goat Scar

We could see Wetherlam in the distance, its top in cloud; we had made the right decision, even though the wind was now blowing very hard making it difficult at times to maintain an upright gait!

High Street from Harter Fell

Kentmere Pike Team  Photo

Lunch time view over Haweswater

We took lunch near Harter Fell Gully with a grand view over Haweswater.  The wind had dropped, the sun came out and for a while it seemed a good place to linger.  And then conditions reverted and it wasnít.

What the H?

What the L?

We pressed on, making a minor diversion to take in Adamís Seat with its curious stone with H on once side and L on the other before dropping down to the Gatesgarth Pass. The options here were to head down the valley to the car or continue the expedition up Branstree.  Everyone was in good form so we did the latter, following which we contemplated going on to Mosedale cottage but the weather was neither bad enough to warrant visiting a bothy or sunny enough to make it an enjoyable extension.  We opted instead to follow the fence down to the top of Mosedale and then headed over to Longsleddale and back to the car.

Longsleddate from Branstree

Branstree from Longsleddale

Although the fells were fairly local to Kendal, I think Pete found it sufficiently demanding.

And Tony, there wasnít a W you needed.

Tony's pride and joy!

In fact, although four Wainwrights, nothing beginning with W at all!  As we would have told him had he been there when we called round to look at the damage.  

Pat, bless her, was in remarkably good spirits amongst the wreckage.  She told us how Tony had rushed back into the flames to try and rescue one of his bikes before calling for her to get out of the house!  And she told it with a smile on her face.  

He seems to have been forgiven!

Don, 12th March 2009


PS  I am in Saalbach next week on BOOTskiboys duty.  As it will be St Patrick's Day whilst I am away, I thought followers of Big Josie might appreciate a seasonal small snippet I found recently.  See Saturday Night Dinner.




Thursday 12th March 2009


9.5 miles

Height climbed:

2,635 feet


Shipman Knotts, Kentmere Pike, Harter Fell, Branstree

Other Key Features:

Longsleddale, Sadgill


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2009 Outings

  • BB0901 : A Gordon Day Out
    Thursday 8th January
  • BB0902 : Thank You,
    Aunty Ethel!
    Wednesday 14th January 
  • BB0903 : A Wicked Hike???
    Wednesday 21st January
  • BB0904 : Take a Mug With You
    Sunday 25th January
  • BB0905 : Down in the Forest
    Thursday 29th January
  • BB0906 : Not How But Where?
    Thursday 5th February
  • BB0907 : Binsey Can Wait
    (but Uncle Monty Can Not)
    Thursday 12th February
  • BB0908 : Badgers on the Line
    Thursday 5th March
  • BB0909 : It's not a W!
    Thursday 12th March
  • BB0910 : Up on the Roof
    Thursday 26th March
  • BB0911 : Not the Blisco Dashers
    Thursday 2nd April
  • BB0912 : John's Comeback
    Monday 6th April
  • BB0913 : Two Churches, a Pulpit and a Cherry Picker
    Thursday, 23rd April
  • BB0914 : Companions of the BOOT
    Thursday 30th April
  • BB0915 : The Gale Force Choice
    Thursday 7th May
  • BB0916 : The Comeback Continues
    Thursday 21st May
  • BB0917 : BOOTboys Encore !
    28th May - 2nd June
  • BB0918 : Hello Dollywagon
    Thursday 11th June
  • BB0919 : Has Anyone Seen Lily?
    Thursday 18th June
  • BB0920 : Ancient Feet on the Greenburn Horseshoe
    Thursday 25th June
  • BB0921 : The Tebay Fell Race Walk
    Thursday 2nd July
  • BB0922 : For England and St George 
    Thursday 9th July
  • BB0923 : The Coniston Outliers
    Friday 31st July
  • BB0924 : Little To Be Said In Favour?
    Thursday 6th August
  • BB0925 : The Third Night of the Rescue 
    Thursday 13th August
  • BB0926 : Long Wet Windy Monty Bothy Fun?
    Thursday 20th August
  • BB0927 : Dear Mrs Scroggins
    Friday 11th September
  • BB0928 : An Ard Day's Hike
    Thursday 17th September
  • BB0929 : A Canter of Convalescents?
    Thursday 24th September
  • BB0930 : BOOTboys International Autumnal Expedition
    Wednesday 23rd to
    Sunday 27th September
  • BB0931 : A Bit of an Adventure
    Thursday 1st October
  • BB0932 : Paths of Glory?
    Thursday 8th October
  • BB0933 : When Yorkshire Was Welsh
    Wednesday 14th October
  • BB0934 : Unlocking the Whinlatters
    Thursday 22nd October
  • BB0935 : A Tale of Crinkley Bottoms
    hursday 5th November
  • BB0936 : Aye Up What?
    hursday 12th November
  • BB0937 : Where Eagles Wade
    Tuesday 17th November
  • BB0938 : After the Floods
    Thursday 26th November
  • BB0939 : The Mystery of the Missing Glove
    Thursday 10th December
  • BB0940 : A Too Short Walk
    Thursday 17th December
  • BB0941 : One Hundred and Onesfell
    Tuesday 29th December



  • BH0901 : Back to the Beginning 
    Thursday 13th August
  • BSKIB09 : BOOTskiboys in Saalbach
    14th - 21st March
  • BB09XX : Los Chicos y las Chicas de la Bota
    11th - 14th May
  • BB09Bav01 : Peaked Too Soon
    1st September



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If anyone wants to claim other peaks, please let me know and I will submit them to the adjudication committee!



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