BB1220:  A Route for Roués?

Wednesday 6th June 2012

A long time ago, I taught myself to touch-type using all ten fingers.  The trouble is that there was a mismatch in speed between my brain and my digits so, quick I might be, accurate I was not.  The likelihood of GIGO (i.e. Garbage In, Garbage Out) was much reduced by the advent of spellcheckers but you have to be careful when using them or else boon becomes bollox, to use the first of French words that will infiltrate this report.

For example, if you have mistyped but the mistake produced a genuine word, then the error stands. Or, if you accept the suggested word out of carelessness, then GIGO remains the outcome.

The reason for mentioning this is that, in the planning of today's outing, I sent an e-mail in which I mistyped "route".  I don't know what I wrote but I accepted the corrections and hit the send button without reading the content properly.  Consequently, I found that I had asked for suggested "Roués".  Another French word.  It is interesting th Bryan and John Hn responded positively to the call.

The weather precluded a morning venture into the Lakes so we fell back on an old favourite (as I am told is often the case with Roués) and elected for Whitbarrow Scar and an early afternoon start.

A wise decision- after a grim morning, the weather just got better and better.

I suggested we went via Crosthwaite to Row.  

Bryan argued that it would be quicker to go via Brigsteer to The Howe.  

John, who was driving, ignored all the debate and made an executive decision to go straight to Bowland Bridge.

Another inspired decision.  

Start and finish at the Hare & Hounds.


The Brdige and the Inn, as was.

Whitbarrow Scar, north end

The path to the edge of the scar was uneventful despite a couple of fields having mean looking bulls therein.

The harem

Fortunately they were surrounded by a harem of pretty young heifers; much more attractive than us.

The limestone kiln

We skirted the north end of the scar, past a large limestone kiln.

I remembered this bridle path from my days of living at Row; it used to be used for a stage in the RAC national car rally.  

Just before Row we turned west and more or less followed the trail up the hill, through a pleasant lightly wooded area and out onto the plateau.

On the skyline we could see conical cairns that appeared to warrant inspection.

When we reached them, they seemed to serve no apparent purpose.

Climbing towards the plateau

Arriving at the plateau

What are these for?  The cairns, not the BOOTboys!

At the wall, we stopped for a break then, just before the descent, found a strange looking opening.  Was it a cave or a mineshaft or what?  We couldn't tell.

Comitibus :  Whitbarrow Scar

The mystery cave

Our descent was via Bell Rake, a route I have never previously taken. The slope down was steepish and extremely greasy; not easy to keep upright, as I proved, albeit with a recovery that scored at least dix points.  

As the path levelled out, the way marker told us to go to the right, which was counter intuitive.  After a brief flirtation and then re-examination we discovered that some naughty person had removed the pointer and turned it round through 90° .  We corrected the trangression and contintued on our way.  Ironically, had we followed the incorrect path we might have found the Fairies Cave that is marked on the map.

The route over to Cartmel Fell school and church was an uneventful, pleasant stroll through fields and across the River Winster.

River Winster, downstream

River Winster, upstream

 Looking back there was again a good view of the northern end of the scar.

The northern end of the scar.

We passed a good display of washing for Margaret and a barn with a lovely small window.

The washing.....

..... and the window

Outside the school, which I think is now actually a village hall, there is an interesting mosaic celebrating the 500th anniversary of St Anthony's Church, 2004.

The church certainly looks old and retains several interesting features, including box pews and a triple decker pulpit.

St Anthony's Church

The quincentenary mosaic

A box pew

Detail from a wall prayer tablet

The font

The triple decker pulpit

From here, we opted for the road route back past a set of flags which might have been Jubilee celebrations or could be naval signals for something quite different.

Jubilee celebrations or naval signals?

Soon we reached the Hare & Hounds for a celebratory pint.  After I explained the purpose, this barmaid was happy to have her photo taken.

The hare & Hounds.....

..... with bar and barmaid

I asked her if she knew where the renowned Winster clockmaker Jonas Barber had lived?

I had read only yesterday that he lived at Bowland Bridge and I was interested to discover the location of his home, Bryan Houses Cottage. She claimed not to know.  Maybe she thought it the sort of chat up line that an old Roué would use.

Not guilty.  I really did want to know.  I am sure her response was genuine.

I can't comment on whether my companions are, or are not, Roués.  I suspect not and am certain that they are not French. I can confirm that their respective spouses have nothing to fear from today's activites as the Comitibus avoided all forms of rouéish.diversion and stuck strictly to the route.

À bientôt!

Don, 6th June 2012


Bryan in Glencoe

Bryan's recent absence from BOOTboys outings was, we are led to believe, nothing to do with the possibility of him being a Roué but due to him being on his annual Scottish Expedition, this year to the Glencoe area.  Here is a selection of his stunning photos.

As ever, click on the picture for an enlargment.


To see more, visit: Glencoe.




Wednesday 6th June 2012

Distance in miles:


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Other Features:

Whitbarrow Scar, St Anthony's Church


Bryan, Don, John Hn


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