BB0922 : For England and St George 

Thursday 9th July 2009

Arenít registered disabled permits wonderful?

Johnís blue badge saved us a small fortune in parking at Grasmere, today.  We did feel a bit like cheats; after all folk who go fell walking normally donít qualify for such things. But, to be fair, John is in convalescent mode from his replacement replacement knee operation and the government, in its wisdom, has decreed that for a period he should be allowed to park in the disabled bays.  Indeed, it could be viewed as an encouragement to regain fitness.  So, as his carers, Bryan, Stan and I didnít feel too guilty.

The Blue Badge

Two officers and two maps

It amused John to see the two officers with two maps deep in thought in the disabled bay, seeking to work out the route when there is, allegedly, only one way up!

To my amazement, John set off like a train.  I couldnít believe how strongly he was walking compared to his last comeback outing, BB0916; I had to step out strongly to keep up with him!  

Until the hill started, that is, and then the effects of his disability slowed him down somewhat.

This is understandable.  

Helm Crag, as reported in BB0735, is a mountain in miniature and the climb is quite steep.

The Lion and the Lamb from Grasmere

On the way up, we passed a couple from Kendal- he, a radio equipped member of the Kendal Mountain Rescue, and she, a nurse,- that could be a useful combination for what lay ahead.

The view south

The Howitzer

The ridge of Helm Crag is very rocky and we took the high road over the Lion with the Howitzer looming in front of us.  This is a thirty foot slab of rock that had defeated us last time (and had defeated Wainwright).  This time, we were more aggressive despite the threat of onset of a shower.  

Stan and Bryan set off up the face of the rock, succesfully.  I gave it a good dose of looking at and decided that there was a cleft in the rock that, whilst steep, should provide adequate foot and hand holds for a wimp and so it proved.  

There was a moment of potential danger when I met Bryan and Stan on the way down but I was able to step in onto a side ledge to let them pass.  A couple of heaves later and I sat, relatively relaxed, on the summit.

Comitibus:  John, Bryan & Stan on the Lion.....

..... and Don on the Howitzer

Someone had left a St Georgeís flag in a hollow in the summit rocks so I proudly waved it whilst Stan took a celebratory picture of my triumph.  John took several more photos, mostly of his left forefinger curled round the lens!

Getting down was more of a challenge as it was difficult to spot the footholds but with guidance from the boys I managed it without mishap.  Thanks, lads!

John, a rock climber in his youth, decided, wisely, that his knee was not yet ready for such challenges so the mountain rescue man and the nurse were not needed.

Next stop, Gibson Knott where we found a ledge just below the summit for a long and leisurely lunch in what was now turning into a bright sunny day.

Helm Crag from Gibson Knott

A debate ensued.  The ethics committee had previously ruled in favour of the completion of the Central Fells book without actually having summitted Helm Crag (see BB0735). The logic was that we had done what Wainwright had done and therefore the claim was merited.  But should we now declassify the previous outing and rate today as the first ascent?  A consequence of that would be that Tony, too, would have his previous completion withdrawn.  We concluded that the original analysis was sound and the results stood!

We continued along the ridge a little longer but John was starting to become concerned as to how long his knee would hold out so we dropped down into the Green Burn valley. A boggy area had to be forded.  I ran across it, prompting John to attempt a similar manouvre, looking for a moment as if the years had fallen away and it was an oval ball in his hand, not a stick, and the tryline was only a few tantalising yards away.

A rampaging John

Helm Crag and the Howitzer from Green Burn

There was a good view of the Howitzer from the valley.  We reached civilisation by an extraordinarily old cottage: Turn Howe, dating back to 1577.

R K J Turn Howe 1577

Turn Howe

As we approached Grasmere,  Johnís leg was starting to hurt thereby proving his right to the privileged parking but it had been a good outing for him.  Not at all bad for a registered disabled.  And a triumph of a day for the rest us, for England and St George!

Don, 9th July 2009

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Thursday 9th July 2009


6.9 miles

Height climbed:

1,667 feet


Helm Crag, Gibson Knott-

Other Key Features:

The Howitzer


Bryan, Don, John, Stan


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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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