BOOT boys 2011

2011 Outings

BB1101 : Wansfell 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 2011

BB1109 : Up The Spout
Wednesday 6th April

BB1110 : Not The Royal Wedding
Friday 29th April

BB1111 : Kentmere Parts 1 & 2
Thursday 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 : A 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 : East 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 8th 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

BB1138 : Of Mice and Men
Thursday 15th December

BB1139 : The Old Stink
Wednesday 21st December

BB1140 : The Castle and The Priory
Thursday 29th December


The Way Of The Roses
12th - 14th September




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

For the latest totals of the mileages, heights and Lakeland Fells Books Wainwrights see: Wainwrights.


Companions of the Boot

by Arthur Hugh Sidgwick

You who walked the ways with me
On hill and plain and hollow;
I ask your pardon, frank and free,
For all the things that follow.

Let me at least make one thing clear;
In these I know no name for them
These dreary talks on futile themes,
Dim visions from a dullard's dreams,
At least you take no blame for them.

You cheered my heart, made short the road,
And kept me philanthropic;
I only write this little ode
Which desecrates the topic.

You trode with me the mountain ridge
And clove the cloud wreaths over it;
I take the web of memories
We wove beneath the summer skies
And lo! The ink-spots cover it.

How vain my effort, how absurd.
Considered as a symbol.
How lame and dull the written word
To you the swift and nimble!

How alien to the walker's mind,
Earth-deep, heaven-high, unfillable,
These petty snarls and jests ill-laid
And all the profitless parade
Of pompous polysyllable !

But yet, I feel, though weak my phrase,
My rhetoric though rotten,
At least our tale of Walks and Days
Should not go unforgotten ;

At least some printed word should mark
The walker and his wanderings,
The strides which lay the miles behind
And lap the contemplative mind
In calm, unfathomed panderings.

And one rebuke I need not fear
From those of our profession,
That Walking Essays should appear
To be one long digression.

Let others take the hard high-road
And earn its gift, callosity;
For us the path that twists at will
Through wood and field, and up the hill
In easy tortuosity.

Therefore, companions of the boot,
Joint-heirs of wind and weather,
In kindness take this little fruit
Of all our walks together.

For aught it has of wit or truth
I reckon you my creditors;
Its dullness, errors, want of taste
Inconsequence, may all be placed
To my account, the editor's.

And haply as you skim the work
In skilled, eclectic hurry,
Some word may find the place where lurk
Your memories of Surrey;

Or, as you read and doze and droop
Well on the way to slumberland,
Before you some dim shapes will float,
Austere, magnificent, remote,
Their Majesties of Cumberland.

Dream but awhile and clouds will lift
To show the peaks at muster,
The driving shadows shape and shift
Before the hill-wind's bluster.

Below far down the earth lies spread
With all its care and fretfulness,
But here the crumpled soul unfolds,
And every rock-strewn gully holds
The waters of Forgetfulness.

So dream, and through your dreams shall roll
The rhythm of limbs free-striding,
Which moulds your being to a whole
And heals the world's dividing;

So dream, and you shall be a man
Free on the open road again;
So dream the long night through, and wake
With better heart to rise and take
The burden of your load again.


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This pages describe
adventures of
a loose group of friends
of mature years who enjoy defying the aging process
by getting out into the hills
as often as possible!

As most live in South Lakeland, it is no surprise that our focus is on the Lakeland fells and the Yorkshire Dales.

As for the name, BOOTboys, it does not primarily derive from an item of footwear but is in memory of Big Josie, the erstwhile landlady of the erstwhile Burnmoor Inn at Boot in Eskdale, who enlivened Saint Patrick's Day 1973 and other odd evenings many years ago!

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