BB1006 : Reasons To Be Cheerful, One, Two, Three

Thursday 11th February 2010

It was intended to be a gentle day.  Stan and Pete were both recovering from nasty infections, Tony was still recovering from Christmas whilst I was recovering from a lengthy outing with Margaret yesterday (CCP09).  

Bryan opted out, explaining that he was still recovering from miles walked in Rome and had to go away again soon.  However, given that it was such a spectacular day, that there is still snow on the high hills and he was feeling so good after the 24 mile BB1005, we have a sneaky suspicion that he might have thought this too tame and headed off into the high and white yonder for greater excitement!

There's still snow on Helvellyn and Fairfield

The day began with the “guess which streets are closed today?” game in Kendal and it took me two attempts to find a way through to Stan’s house.  It was first time out this year for both Pete and Tony.  We did wonder if Tony had emigrated as he was last seen walking out of the Riflemans after our Christmas party with the remains of our kitty in his pocket.  Bless him, he had brought it with him and what a good job he had.  The car parking fee at Grasmere was a usurious £6.50 for the day.

Helm Crag to the left, Heron Pike to the right

Climbing out of Grasmere provided fine views of Helm Crag and over to the Helvellyn and Fairfield ranges.

Helvellyn and Fairfield ranges

Our first target was Lang How.  I have only previously approached this from the south, from which view it is a fine little peak standing like a small Matterhorn (see BB0818 and BB0906). Today we approached it as if we were gong to Silver How but branched right to take it directly from the north-east.  This makes if feel a much larger although less pointed hill.

We then meandered along in the general direction of Blea Rigg until a little voice cried “It’s way past my lunchtime”.  I checked my watch.  Tony was right.  It was all of sixty seconds past noon.  

Wetherlam, Crinkles and Langdales

We looked for somewhere to stop, somewhere with a view, in the sun but out of the cold northerly wind.  We found a superb suntrap  with a vista of Windermere in the distance and overlooking the range from Wetherlam round to the Langdale Pikes.  It was as good a lunching spot as we have had for many an outing.

Comitibus: Blea Rigg lunch time

Windermere in the distance

A philosophical debate ensued.  Stan (or was it Pete?) put forward the argument that you are only ever as happy as your least happy child.  Tony, however, gave us reasons to be cheerful.  He told us about a telephone call that he received.  Believe this if you will.  An eighteen year old girl phoned him to ask for the use of his body on six occasions.  No, she wasn’t eastern European; she was from Kendal College and she was looking for six volunteers for six sessions of aromatherapy and reflexology as part of her course.  Guess where he is going tomorrow!  Reasons to be cheerful- one.

Harrison Stickle, Pavey Ark and Stickle Tarn

After lunch, we continued along the Rigg until Stickle Tarn came into view.  

We had pondered carrying on up to Sergeant Man but didn’t want Tony to be too tired to make his appointment.

Instead, we pioneered a route to the main path that drops down to Easedale Tarn.

There was quite a lot of ice about making progress tricky at times but not quite bad enough to warrant putting on the crampons.

Codale tarn left, Easedale Tarn right

Beyond the Tarn we came across a group of youths and teachers (more of the latter than the former) placing square grills on the ground and counting the different types of plants to be found.

Stickle Tarn with BOOTboy shadows!

Not many plants here!

Easedale Tarn

Back down in the valley Tony had two more reasons to be cheerful.  

Firstly we spotted a King Edward VII letter box.  Seemingly they are very rare so he had his photo taken with it.  Reasons to be cheerful- two.

ER VII Post Box

BSA Bantam

Next, we heard this tremendous noise.  I thought it was yet another jet plane flying over but all I could see moving was an old but renovated BSA Bantam.  It came to a halt in a yard so Tony engaged the owner in excited biker talk for several minutes. Reasons to be cheerful- three.

There is little else to report other than Stan admonished me for talking the road route back to the car rather than the woods.  But it’s shorter!

It had been the most superb day weather-wise, giving us all reasons to be cheerful.  By the end, however, we were all feeling a little jaded and maybe in need of some aromatherapy and reflexology.  

Tony, have a word with your young friend, tell her you have three more volunteers for her and see if she can give us all even more reasons to be cheerful!

Don, 11th February 2010

For further discussion see Reasons to be Cheerful


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11th February


7.6 miles

Height climbed:

1,929 feet


Blea Rigg

Other Key Features:

Lang How


Don, Pete, Stan, Tony

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