: The Rusland Round
18th November 2010
had a new member of the comitibus
today. Sam, who has been following our adventures
for some time, asked if could join Bryan, Stan and me
on our outing. However, when I saw the detailed forecast
describing the day as miserable wet and windy, rain
in the morning, heavy rain in the afternoon and potential
gales, I was far from certain that this was going to
be suitable for an inaugural event.
made sense to stay low and as much in the trees as possible
so I devised a route starting at Newby Bridge that would
satisfy the criteria.
Leven near Newby Bridge
actual fact, the day started much better than expected.
True, it was grey but not raining nor particularly
breezy- we have been out in much worse.
the Newby Bridge Halt, we climbed up through the woods
and over fields to Finisthwaite, with its fine church,
we continued climbing until we reached High Dam. This
is a lovely, if artificial, tarn, a bit like a smaller
version of the much better known Tarn Hows.
down to the Rusland Valley
down into the valley to Crosslands, we continued past
the Stig's mobile home to Rusland Hall where strange
things were happening on a roof.
that on the roog?
crossing Rusland Pool bridge, we enterered marsh land
and things became very wet underfoot Fortunately
the boggiest parts are boarded- what the route was like
previously defies belief!
reaching Low Hay Bridge we were conscious that it was
damp in the air and that the horrendous weather could
set in at any time at all. Lunch should be taken
at the first opportunity. Then I looked to my
right and what should I see but what looked like a mini
pavilion? As we got closer, my spirits fell; it seemed
no more than a locked shed. But then I realised
that it wasn’t locked so at least it was worth a peep
inside. Good call! Actually, it was a birdwatcher’s
hide with four seats, a shelf on which to put our drinks
and a fine view back up over the marshes. Seldom,
if ever, have we dined in such luxury on our walks.
view from the hide
Sam got us rather worried. He stood up and started
removing his trousers. Then his underwear. What
sort of BOOTboys
did he think we were? Fortunately he was just
addressing the problem of his thermals having caused
him to overheat down below!
an hour later, it still hadn’t started raining so we
thought we had better leave the hide and head on down
the valley. We passed a fine viewpoint and the
Tissie Fooks memorial. It was she who had set
up the Hay
Bridge Nature Reserve
so presumably it was the now departed Tissie that we
should thank for our luncheon shelter. On a sunny
day, her memorial that would make an excellent lunch
Tissie Fooks memorial
Hay Bridge Nature Reserve tarn
the weather had been really dire, it had been my plan
to abandon the walk at the lovely little pub, The White
Hart, at Bouth and call for a wife or a taxi- after
a couple of hours waiting for the rain to stop, of course.
However, it still wasn’t raining, so after another
bit of stigdom, we crossed back over the valley by Fish
House Bridge then up to the shoulder of Ellerside.
from Fish House Bridge
the woods, we came across an abandoned wigwam- no doubt
the occupants decided the forecast was too foul for
such a dwelling. We came across two men fitting
a new footpath fingerpost. We complimented them
on their work and they explained that the permissive
paths on Ellerside were being converted to footpaths
and it was open land. One to note for the future.
Today, however, was not one for diverting as any
minute now it could start raining.
the finger post
rather finer sort of dwelling was spotted on the other
side of the woods, at Town End- one of those chocolate
box pretty lakeland cottages.
would have been nice to have seen a steam train go by
on the railway but nothing seemed to be moving today.
Not surprising given the time of year and the
forecast but still it hadn't rained. And then
it started, just 100 yards from the car; just a bit
initially, giving us time to get our boots off. As
we set off to drive home, the heavens opened and it
was very unpleasant. Or would have been had we
still been out in the open. Five minutes later,
it was over and, once back in Kendal, there was no sign
of there having been any rain at all. Weird.
Rusland Round is highly recommended for a bad day, to
escape the worst of the wind and rain. But that
wasn’t today. Had we been too meek? Probably
not, there is a big difference between the weather at
500 feet and that at 2,500 feet. And it is a nice
walk on a nice day. One to repeat one summer,
perhaps, when the irises are out?
18th November 2010
Guy contacted me to express surprise that
didn’t detour to inspect Finsthwaite Tower. When
I confessed I had never heard of it he explained that
soon after starting up the path from Newby Bridge, as
you go up the path through the woods, there is a steep
path that zig-zags up through the trees on the right.
It is, or was when I was last there, rather enclosed
by trees but was once an excellent viewpoint looking
up Windermere. He added that there is a commemoration
the Officers, Seamen and Marines of the
whose matchless Conduct and irresistible
decisively defeated the Fleets of France,
Spain and Holland
and preserved and protected LIBERTY
18th November 2010
climbed in feet:
Valley, Finsthwaite High Dam
Don, Sam, Stan
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