A Route for Roués?
6th June 2012
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
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.
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.
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
A wise decision- after a grim morning,
the weather just got better and better.
suggested we went via Crosthwaite to Row.
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.
Brdige and the Inn, as was.
Scar, north end
path to the edge of the scar was uneventful despite
a couple of fields having mean looking bulls therein.
Fortunately they were surrounded by a
harem of pretty
young heifers; much more attractive than us.
skirted the north end of the scar, past a large limestone
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.
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.
the skyline we could see conical
cairns that appeared to warrant inspection.
we reached them, they seemed to serve no apparent purpose.
towards the plateau
at the plateau
are these for? The cairns, not the BOOTboys!
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
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.
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.
route over to Cartmel Fell school and church was an
uneventful, pleasant stroll through fields and across
the River Winster.
back there was again a good view of the northern end
of the scar.
northern end of the scar.
passed a good display of washing for Margaret and a
barn with a lovely small window.
and the window
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,
church certainly looks old and retains several interesting
features, including box pews and a triple decker pulpit.
from a wall prayer tablet
triple decker pulpit
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.
celebrations or naval signals?
we reached the Hare &
Hounds for a celebratory pint. After I explained
the purpose, this barmaid was happy to have her photo
hare & Hounds.....
with bar and barmaid
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
Not guilty. I
really did want to know. I am sure her response
can't comment on whether my companions are, or are not,
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
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recent absence from BOOTboys outings
was, we are led to believe, nothing to do with the possibility
of him being a Roué
due to him being on his annual Scottish Expedition,
this year to the Glencoe area. Here is a selection
of his stunning photos.
ever, click on the picture for an enlargment.
see more, visit: Glencoe.
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climbed in feet:
Scar, St Anthony's Church
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1220.
see which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
For the latest totals of the mileages and heights see: BB Log.
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