BB0935 : A Tale of Crinkley Bottoms

There are excuses and there are excuses.  

Some, like “I’ve broken my ribs” or “I’ve damaged my sacroiliac joint” or “I’ve just burned my house down”, are understandable reasons for foregoing a BOOTboys outing.  

Others, like “I’m having my hair cut” or “I’m going for a massage” are just feeble, although Tony, the perpetrator of the latter, asks “Which would you prefer: pounding up some boggy fell in pouring rain or having a young woman rub her hands all over you for half an hour?”  

Fair point.

However one of our number, whose name will not be revealed but was conspicuous by his absence today, has put forward an excuse for not being with us that has sunk to a new low.

I nearly said "to the bottom" which would have been quite appropriate:

The Crinkley Bottom.

He was driving five hundred miles to watch Noel Edmonds record an edition of “Deal or No Deal” at the Crinkley Bottom studios!

Can you believe that?

The King of Crinkley Bottom

Meanwhile Pete (with nearly 300 miles of travel, but more of that later), Tony, Stan and I were pondering whether to stick with Plan A and head over to the north west fells despite an atrocious weather forecast or to travel east to the drier Yorkshire hills.  Plan A won the day.

It was actually a pleasant autumnal morning as we drove up the A591 though the Lake District but it became ominously greyer as we progressed over the Whinlatter Pass.  On parking at Low Lorton, it started raining and it didn’t stop until we reached the road back to the car, more than three hours later.

Crossing the swollen River Cocker

Low Lorton Garden Swine

Our first objective was Fellbarrow, which meant that a substantial amount of climbing was done on the “white” road over the northern shoulder of this group of hills before turning south on a cart track and finally south west across fields to the summit.  The trig point was being guarded by bullocks but fortunately they had the good sense to back off so no violence was called for.

Mist clearing near Dodd Wood

Comitibus plus bullocks: Fellbarrow

From here, we followed the wall southwards in very unpleasant weather, including, at times, hail.  Strangely, however, the visibility remained quite good for such a wet day.

A first glimpse of Low Fell

Water was somehow getting through my anorak and running down my back into my underpants!  Lovely.  

Low Fell to the left, Darling Fell to the right

We bore west to join the path that comes up from Thackthwaite at the inappropriately named (today, at least) Watching Crag.

Can you see Loweswater?  It is there!

Tony was desperate to eat by this time but there was nowhere to shelter.

For the first time I can recall in BOOTboy history, we lunched, somewhat abbreviatedly, standing in the rain.  

The climb to Low Fell summit was short but surprisingly steep

I am sure that on a good day there is a wonderful view over to Loweswater.

But not today!  

The Whiteside and Grasmoor range

We had thought of extending to Darling Fell.  

But not today!

We returned by the path to Thackthwaite and as we dropped down, the weather improved significantly, offering some impressive views over to the Whiteside and Grasmoor range, which we need to visit soon.

Rounding a bend we could see over to Crummock Water with Mellbreak standing proudly to its right- another hill we need to visit soon.

Crummock Water in sight, Mellbreak to the right

On reaching the village, Pete commented that he didn’t know that red squirrels could drive and insisted that I took a photo of the sign telling them to slow down.  I didn’t even know they could read!

Red Squirrels, please take note

 The summer house on wheels

One of the properties had a romany type summer house in its garden.

The rest of the journey was an almost pleasant road stroll back to the car where we finished off the rest of our lunch.  We compared our inner dampnesses.  Stan was cold but reasonably dry.  Pete and Tony wet in the upper body.  I was damp up and down and therefore, yes, my bottom had become quite crinkley.  Tony informed us that when he got home, he intended to run a hot bath and soak in it for hours so no doubt his bottom, too, is, by now, crinkley but perhaps that’s too much information!

Pete's crinkley bottom was caused by quite different means - his journey back from Kendal to his home in Cheshire took him six hours thanks to a breakdown and a three hour wait for the recovery vehicle.  A long time to be sat in the same seat!

But would we have swapped the BOOTboys adventure for a trip to Noel Edmond’s Crinkley Bottom?  

Not on your Crinkley Nelly, Noel.

Don, 5th November 2009


Afternote: Bryan subsequently outed himself as the traveller to Crinkley Bottom and attempted to justify his absence with the following contribution:

An interesting read but with an important factual innacuracy.

Crinkley Bottom was of course from the Mr Blobby days. Noel has now gone much more upmarket and his establishment is now called the Dream Factory.

For us yesterday was actually the 17th February. It was an interesting day as neither Liz, Helen, or myself had ever been on a TV set before so all the "warm-up" bits, the pre-recording setting up etc. were completely new to us.

It was also remarkable how involved you got with the actual game, to the extent of forgetting completely that you were in a tin hut on an industrial estate in Bristol!. Although clearly it's just a game of chance, the fact was that we were a few feet away from a bloke to whom £5,000 was a serious amount of money and he was having to decide whether to take it or take a 2:1 chance of getting £50,000.

For me personally it was definitely worth the travelling, with a nice morning in Bristol on a SUNNY day as well. And despite traffic jams on the M6 we still got home quicker than Pete!


Bryan was unable to tell us more as he is subject to a confidentiality agreement.
However he was at liberty to show us just what we hadn't been able see from Low Fell:

But then, here are two views that he didn't see:


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Thursday 5th November 2009


7.3 miles

Height climbed:

1,667 feet


Fellbarrow, Low Fell

Other Features:



Don, Pete, Stan, Tony




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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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