BB1023 : Something Brutal

Thursday 10th June 2010

When Bryan describes a hill top as “tricky” and “confusing”, you know that it is not going to be straightforward.  What might be more of a surprise is that the top he had in mind lies well under 1,000 feet above sea level and less than 2 miles from the M6.

Circumstances had prevailed against Stan and me continuing our W campaign so this week’s BOOTboys lite was a morning only expedition to Hutton Roof Crags.

I’d been over several times, including BB0910, but had never actually been to the top of the limestone pavement.  So on a greyer than expected day, it seemed a good venue for a brisk short walk and back in time to buy Granny her fish and chips for lunch.

We parked opposite Holme Park Farm then walked away from the hills to the canal for the first mile or so before crossing back to Farleton where a decision awaited us.  

Bryan by the canal

Farleton Knott across the canal

Either we could go diagonally left and take a relatively easy way up Farleton Knott or go direttissimo up the scree.  

Farleton Knott screes

“I fancy something brutal,” said Bryan, so that was decided. Direttissimo it was to be. And it was quite brutal but, compared with some of late, mercifully short before we emerged on the summit of Farleton Knott- an excellent vantage point to survey Junction 36 and the rest of South Lakeland.  On a clear day, that is.

Hutton Roof Crags from Farleton Knott

We crossed over Farleton Fell and Newbiggin Crags and onto Hutton Roof Crags.

Navigation is indeed tricky and confusing as most of the time you are either in light woodland or your view is obscured by small but inaccessible craglets.  

Or in tall gorse which, to me, still smelt of Vanilla.  

Nonetheless, we did find the trig point without too much difficulty.

Hutton Roof summit

Comitibus: Hutton Roof Crags

We retraced our steps for a while then dropped down to the South America rock- one of Bryan's climbing venues that has an outline like the continent.

The South America rock

Our return was intended to be along the Limestone Way bridle path, which, according to the OS map runs alongside a wall.  


There is a path along by the wall but anyone one much over five foot tall has problems so what horses would make of it, I don’t know.  

There is a higher and more horse friendly path but not where the OS say it should be.

Coffee Stop on the limestone pavement

Clawthorpe Quarry with Whitbarrow Scar behind

Having crossed back over on to Farleton Knott we just had enough time for a coffee stop before returning to the car and back, on time, at the chippy.

Quite a contrast from recent efforts but a good little outing none the less.

Don, 10th June 2010


BB1022 Post Script

Last week's report, BB1022 : What A Difference A Day Makes, talked of our trip to West Cumbria on the day after the shootings.

On the BOOTboys distribution list is Guy.  He, too, is finishing off the Wainwrights and was in the area while the shootings in West Cumbria were taking place and the following day.  You can read his report at BB1022 Afternote.

A perhaps inevitable by-product of the shootings was a surge in people Googling for information on the area.  One such person was Ci, now living in Colwyn Bay. Whilst searching for items on Boot, he chanced upon the BOOTboys website and its references to Big Josie reawakened old memories.  Not only had he known Big Josie rather better than any of our previous contributors, he volunteered a photograph.  You can see her picture and read his recollections at Crazy Horse.

The information Ci provided led to the discovery of another reference to Josie on the internet, details to be found at A Lament for the English Pub.


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10th June 2010

Distance in miles:


Height climbed in feet:



Farleton Knott (Outlying Fells)

Other Features:

Hutton Roof

Wainwright Countdown:

Don & Stan: 11, Bryan: 7 (all unchanged)


Bryan, Don


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2010 Outings

BB1001 :
The Most Perfect
 Winter Day
Thursday 7th January

BB1002 :
 Potter Fell
Thursday 14th January

BB1003 :
A Snowy Equipment Test

Thursday 21st January

BB1004 :
Leave It To The Professionals

Thursday 28th January

BB1005 :
That's A Lyth Record
Sunday 31st January 

BB1006 :
Reasons To Be Cheerful
One, Two, Three
Thursday 11th February

BB1007 :
Can You See Clearly Now?
Thursday 18th February

BB1008 :
In Memory Of
Thomas Williamson
Thursday 25th February

BB1009 :
Almost a Mountaineer!
Wednessday 3rd March

BB1010 :
The Beginning Of The End
Thursday 11th March

BB1011 :
The Free Men on Tuesday
Tuesday 16th March

BB1012 :
We'll Get Them In Singles,
Thursday 25th March

BB1013 :
The Fools on the Hill
Thursday 1st April

BB1014 :
The Windmills on the Moor
Wednesday 7th April

BB1015 :
By Lake, Ridge and Wainwright
Sunday 11th April

BB1016 :
The Ten Lake Tour (+5Ws)
Thursday 15th April

BB1017 :
The BessyBOOT
Thursday 22nd April

BB1018 :
The Kentmere Challenge
Saturday 24th April

BB1019 :
Winter in Springtime
Thursday 14th May

BB1020 :
Red Screes and Sausages
Thursday 20th May

BB1021 :
The Mile High Club
Thursday 27th May

BB1022 :
What A Difference A Day Makes
Thursday 3rd June

BB1023 :
Something Brutal
Thursday 10th June

BB1024 :
Rendezvous on Haycock
Thursday 17th June

BB1025 :
The Men of Gragareth
Thursday 24th June

BB1026 :
The Smardale Round
Thursday 1st July

BB1027 :
Don't Shun The Shunner!
Thursday 8th July




BSB2010 :
boys in Zillertal
Saturday 30th January
to Saturday 6th February

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To see which Wainwright top was visited on which
BB outing see
Which Wainwright When?.

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