BB1102 : Recuperation Scar!

Thursday 17th February

There was certainly a different feel to the planning of this BOOTboys outing, if not in its execution.  

For me, it was an important part of my recuperation following my fit in January and pending the full identification and treatment of the cause. I was not the only one recuperating, however.  

Roger has been following our exploits for a long time and had intended to join us before too long.  Having suffered a stroke at the beginning of the year, he was now in rehabilitation mode and itching to get out with us.

Stan had been busy moving houses and neither Bryan nor Tony had been particularly active in recent weeks leaving Philip as probably the fittest of the group, fresh from sunning himself in the West Indies (no doubt in rather warmer weather!).

We met up at Stanís new address in Levens and set off through the village where there were several strange sights including an abandoned tractor that Tony coveted and a house of convenience.  Or should that be conveniences,as there were several toilets to be seen surrounding the property?

Tony covets the tractor

The slurry pit

The house of convenience

The path to Brigsteer

At the far end we passed a delightful open slurry pit before heading through woods and fields to Park End Farm which seems to specialise in strange sheep and ancient tractors- at least twelve could be seen dotted around the farm buildings.


Strange sheep .....


..... and ancient tractor

We gained a bit of height before continuing through the woods to Brigsteer and beyond to Barrowfield Farm. The ascent of the Scar from here is short but reasonably steep and I was pleased at how well all the group coped.


The Lyth Valley from Scout's Scar

We could have begun our return at the top but all agreed that we should aim for our original objective of the Mushroom Shelter for lunch.


Comitibus: Scout Scar Mushroom


Helsington Church


The Kent Estuary

Objective achieved, it was a gentle stroll back along Scout Scar and then past Helsington Church, eventually to drop back down into Levens and recuperation on Stanís balcony

All had gone well.

Don, 17th February 2011



1. Tractor

Diane, wife of occasional BOOTboy Robert and who lives in Levens, wrote to say that:

All the infamous beauty spots at start of your outing are well known and much loved by our family.  In fact, the tractor featured in the celebration years ago of Henry and Lizzie's engagement.  His friends from uni came up and threw them a surprise party . After an evening of frolicking in the local hostelry, one young man lost himself on the way home to our house.  Concerned residents searching for him phoned him on his mobile and finally roused him from a "peaceful" slumber when he explained - rather emotionally - that he didn't know where he was but he appeared to be in a tractor!!  And your pictured tractor is exactly where he was located!!


2. Sheep

Roger has subsequently identified the strange sheep, thanks to his secretary (a sheep farmer's daughter from Bannisdale). They are called Zwartbles sheep.  For more information about this breed see Zwartbles.





Thursday 17th February 2011

Distance in miles:


Height climbed in feet:




Other Features:

 Scout Scar, Helsington Scar


Bryan, Don, Philip, Roger, Stan, Tony


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

For the latest totals of the mileages and heights see: BB Log.



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2011 Outings

BB1101 :
Wasnfell Revisited
Tuseday 11th January

BB1102 :
Recuperation Scar!
Thursday 17th February

BB1103 :
A Promenade of Pensioners
Thursday 24th February

BB1104 :
The B Team
Thursday 3rd March

BB1105 :
A Little Bit Of Wind
Thursday 10th March

BB1106 :
A Linthwaite Round
Thursday 17th March

BB1107 :
Home From The Pulpit
Thursday 24th March


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

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click on BB Log.