: Graylings In Flagrante
3rd August 2011
Poor Jamie. That
is how I started BB1114
: A March Through The Mist, reflecting on the fact
that here he was on a home visit and the rare chance of an
outing with the BOOTboys
yet the weather was "not exactly flaming June".
was almost a repeat performance today. We had planned
a trek over High Street but the threat of thunderstorms
caused us to abandon that in favour of a lower level
walk around Whitbarrow Scar.
was he depressed? Not at all. Living on
Crete, he explained, makes you appreciate a nice damp
day! I remember Margaret and I being out in the
wet one day in the Lake District and bumping into a
couple of ex-pats from Cyprus who said exactly the same thing.
here we, the BOOTboys, were
at The Howe in the Lyth Valley assembled for the sort
of outing preferred by Brits living on Mediterranean
islands! However, from what we could see when
we set off, dampness no longer threatened to be a feature
of the day!
"we" did not include John S. John is
suffering from Plantar Fasciitis and he sent the photo
shown below to prove it. I thought the condition
sounded familiar then Jamie told me that he had incurred
it last year possibly as a result of sitting badly at
his computer. When I looked it up on the internet, I
realised that I, too, had developed it in 2009. It
is inflammation of what, in effect, is the continuation
of the Achilles Tendon as it goes under the foot. In
order to relieve the symptoms, I bought some heel supports,
which I still use although I had quite forgotten the
reason why! Get well soon, John.
"we" who had travelled to The Howe were Jamie,
Stan, Tony and me; there to be joined by Mike who lives
in the village. The five of us set off over terrain
well familiar to Mike, across fields and up through
the woods of Whitbarrow Nature Reserve, emerging onto
the limestone pavement near the top of Lord's Seat where,
in front of the monument, the inevitable team photo
Nature Reserve track
the north we could just about see our alternative destination,
not yet rain enshrouded.
north to High Street area
east to the limestone wall
the monument we headed south, passing several windswept
trees. On Farrer's Allotment, we thought we spotted
a butterfly worthy of photographing. On closer
examination, it proved to be two creatures so intent
on their activity that they were in no way inclined
to fly off, even if they could, which is doubtful in
the circumstances! Subsequent research makes me think
the variety is a Grayling.
Hall to the west
south to the estuary
the southern end of the Scar, the path drops through
the woods to a track leading back to civilisation and
eventually to The
where we had predetermined to take lunch.
who some days before had expressed a wish join us, had
woken up to the fact that the outing was today. His
phone call came through whilst on the Scar and we arranged
for him to join us at the pub.
surprised us was that there had been no need to book-
the place remained empty. The staff reckoned it was
due to it being Cartmel Show Day. Or was it due
to its website having been designed by someone presumably
under 40 who does not appreciate that older eyes might
have difficulty reading the tiny print?
couple of jars and a beefburger later, the six of us
were ready for the second stage of the walk.
and Whitbarrow Scar
crossed over the fields by Latterbarrow Farm to join
the path north, crossing the road to go up the track
up Yewbarrow, past Lawns House and its Morris Minor
Traveller then over to the Witherslack Hall School for
seriously naughty boys and its Edwardian post box.
VII post box
Scar from Witherslack Hall
we would have taken the direct approach up the scar
but we decided to head north through the Hervey Nature
Reserve and climb the scar by the Bell Rake path- a
new route for all of us- a bit like a scree run in parts.
Near the top we passed what at one time might
have been a small opening to a mine of some description
but to what we could no longer tell.
Rake scree run
over the fell top we could see the High Street range
in the distance and wondered if it might have been alright
after all. The cloud had lifted and there had
been no sign of the threatened thunderstorms. Not
that it mattered
north to High Street area
exiting the woods, we passed the stone with its inscription
"Township Plantation 1815 Whitbarrow" alongside
an old grinding wheel and further down a reasonable
well preserved (as one would expect in this area) lime
Plantation 1825 Whitbarrow
well preserved lime kiln
back down to The Howe, we agreed it had been a good
outing and High Street could wait for another day.
3rd August 2011
climbed in feet:
Don, Jamie, Mike, Stan, Stuart,
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