BB1137 : The Wild Wet Show

Thursday 8th December 2011

With a large potential turnout, mixed abilities and short days, never mind the desire for a social pint or two before getting scrubbed up for the evening's activities, we had decided to start and finish at the Hawkshead Brewery which, it may surprise those not familiar with the area, is not in Hawkshead at all but in Staveley.  The plan was to first do a round of the lower Kentmere Valley.

And then we saw the weather forecast!  Dire!

Very strong winds will develop. In afternoon, you could be blown over even at low level. Any mobility tortuous where exposed from low level upwards. Severe wind chill.  Constant rain will turn to frequent showers; of snow on higher fells. Small risk thunder.

A quick enquiry amongst the boys about alternative activities produced suggestions of Go Karting in Barrow,  inspecting the dungeons at Lancaster Castle, flirting with death on the Kendal Climbing Wall, even more dangerous- a round of Morris Dancing in Ulverston, a crochet course in the Village Hall or doing Roger's ironing.

One loyal trouper commented that he didn't mind where we went as long as we were all together, bless him.  It reminded me of the old song:

We're off to see the wild west show.
The elephant and the kangaroo.
Never mind the weather,
As long as we’re together,
We’re off to see the wild west show!

In the end, I took an executive decision that we should go down the White Scar Caves.

One potential participant, who shall remain nameless to spare his blushes, opted out due to a fear of confined spaces, including multi-storey carparks.  But everyone else was up for it.  They changed the words of the song slightly and started singing:

We're off to see the wild wet show!

However, we weren't.  It had rained so hard that when I rang to check I was told it was too wild and too wet, i.e. too dangerous, to go down the caves.  It was then that the day started unravelling; the prospects of watching the Varsity match on TV suddenly appearing more attractive to some.  Only Bryan insisted that he was going out anyway.  Time would tell if he survived being blown off the Scars.

He did.

In the evening, we rounded up the girls and headed to Infusion in Kendal- an Italian restaurant who looked after the noisy rabble (i.e. the girls!) and the discerning gentlemen with great care.  Gone are the days when we used to invite the girls out for the evening to dine at a separate restaurant- they are now allowed to dine with us at the same place; on a separate table, of course!

Comitibus:  Boot boys .....

..... and girls

John L visited the same restaurant the next day and reported back that a record amount of wine had been supped the previous night.  I can't understand how that happened- we BOOTboys were very restrained.  Obviously the Wild Wet business was on the other table!

And finally (with thanks to John S for the inspiration) .......


Don, Thursday 8th December 2011





Thursday 8th December

Distance in miles:

0.1 (the hundred yards or so from the Globe Inn to the restaurant and back for taxi).

Height climbed in feet:

20 (plus the stairs in the restuarant)



Other Features:

The Globe Inn, Infusion


Bryan & Liz
Don & Margaret
John L & Gill
Mike & Jean
Pete & Col
Philip & Ann
Roger B & Denise
Roger T & Vickie
Stuart & Gill




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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

BB1108 :
Taking The Brunt
Thursday 31st March

BB1109 :
Up The Spout
Wednesday 6th April

BB1110 :
Not The Royal Wedding
Friday 29th April

BB1111 :
Kentmere Parts 1 & 2
Thurs 5th, Saturday 7th May

BB1112 :
Five Unknown Tarns
Wednesday 11th May

BB1113 :
Gurnal Dubbs Revisited
Thursday 19th May

BB1114 :
A March Through The Mist
Wednesday 1st June

BB1115 :
Brief Encounter
Wednesday 8th June

BB1116 :
Extraordinary and
Lesser Mortals
Wednesday 15th June

BB1117 :
Farewell David Daw
Wednesday 29th June

BB1118 :
West Side Story
Thursday 7th July

BB1119 :
st Side Story
Wednesday 13th July

 BB1120 :
All The Way From Barrow
Wednesday 20th July

 BB1121 :
Suitable For The Guests!
Thursday 28th July

BB1122 :
Graylings In Flagrante
Wednesday 3rd August

BB1123 :
The First Indecision Outing
Wednesday 24th August

BB1124 :
The Second Indecision Outing
Thursday 25th August

BB1125 :
The Tale of Tony's Triumph
Wednesday 31st August

BB1126 :
The Gunpowder Trail
Wednesday 7th September

BB1127 :
Four Lords a-Leaping
Thursday 15th September

BB1128 :
Heversham Head and Mhor
Thursday 22nd September

BB1129 :
Training For The Himalayas
Wednesday 28th September

BB1130 :
Turn Again, Whittington
Thursday 13th October

BB1131 :
The Windermere Three Peaks
Thursday 20th October

BB1132 :
Perfect Pies
Wednesday 26th October

BB1133 :
Ol' Men Rovin' 
Wednesday 9th November

BB1134 :
Erotic, Erratic, Improbable
Or What?
Thursday 17th November

BB1135 :
The Princess, the King
and the Tower
Wednesday 23rd November

BB1136 :
The Leck Beck Trek
Wednesday 30th November

BB1137 :
The Wild Wet Show
Thursday 8th December





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