14th February 2013
hindsight, given that this is St Valentine's Day, it
might have been a good idea to have invited the BOOTbeauties to
join us. Given the state of the weather, I doubt if
any would have contemplated it for more than five minutes
but brownie points would have been earned rather than
forfeited through the request for exemption from romantic
duties until the evening. Still, the postponement
Kent, Gooseholme and Kendal Castle (where???)
was a cold and misty morning when Stan, Tony and I left
Kendal on the (free) 555 to meet up with Mike and Martin
at Staveley; outside the Beer Hall (inevitably). As
we crossed the Millennium Bridge, I thought we had better
take the team photo as, if conditions deteriorated,
there might not be another opportunity. The first
attempt failed when the camera nearly fell into the
river. The second attempt appeared to work but on subsequent
examination it seems that the camera focused on the
wall, not the group so, sorry boys, not exactly the
best Comitibus picture I have ever taken.
to Barley Bridge we found a garden wall with a number
of dolls in the hedge. Either a little girl has
been having some fun there or it is a sad memorial to
a lost child. We had no way of knowing.
up the fields towards Brunt Knott it seemed we might
be in danger of having a decent day. The cloud
was lifting and there were sailor’s breeches to be seen.
Unfortunately that was to be short lived and the cloud
gathered again, albeit without precipitation.
bit of sun from near Brunt Knott
Now there's a surprise!
snow underfoot was very soft; no icy patches to catch
you unawares; the greatest risk of slipping was from
the soft ground.
climbed up the bridle path, contemplating a detour to
the Brunt Knott summit but we knew that time was tight
for Stan so opted against the climb. Similarly,
the opportunity to visit the featureless top of Potter
Fell was declined, preferring instead to descend along
Black Beck (once we found it in the mist) then Dockernook
Gill, taking lunch at the remains of a small sheep fold
on the way. Once again, there was the danger of
the sun emerging.
was excused sausage duty today. This time the
provider was Stan who offered genuine Valencian chorizo.
I am not a great fan of continental sausages but
this was tasty. However, it was no surprise that
Tony refused to eat foreign rubbish. It was reminiscent
of when we got him to eat couscous in a Moroccan restaurant
by telling it was a sort of rice. But this time
he was not to be kidded.
& Mog's farmhouse
comes into view
passing high above the Meg & Mog farmhouse that
had been owned by the late Helen
followed the bridle path above the River Sprint, encountering
on the way a lot of large slates standing by the side
of the path like tombstones. Some of them indeed seemed
to have writing on them although indecipherable. Can
anyone throw any light on these items?
past Garnett Bridge we headed west, above the unnamed
and unusual circular mound, to pick up the track
followed on BB1241.
moraine or a barrow? Or maybe a flying saucer?
might be a repeat but it was not unwelcome as Gurnal Dubbs and Potter Tarn
are always good places to visit, whatever the weather.
Well almost whatever. Fortunately this time,
the weather was considerably better than last December
although, once again, it was threatening to deteriorate.
Dubbs, looking west
tarn was partly frozen with some strange starfish like
creatures on the lake
descent was tricky with a number of tumbles. Unfortunately,
I was too slow to get my camera out to capture them
but after his third such meeting with the ground, Mike
kindly held his inelegant position long enough to record
Frost Hole, there was a friendly horse and a grumpy old farmer who
seemed really cross
at us exercising our right to follow the waymarked bridle
path through his farmyard. Perhaps we were disturbing
his Valentine assignment in a hayrick?
this stage we were way behind schedule so Stan had to
take emergency action to catch the bus back
to Kendal in order to be home before severe disapproval
time. He pretended it was something to do with packing
for holiday but I just wonder, given the day and the
way that he sprinted off at impressive speed, whether
there was another reason?
he caught the bus (presumably) and we didn't (certainly),
it made sense to wait for the next in a warm and welcoming
place, a description that conveniently fits the Brewery.
We fully intended to leave on time for the next
but some friends of Martin chanced upon us and it would
have been rude to refuse the proffered drink. Accordingly,
the next bus passed us by.
Martin came to our rescue and delivered us to our loved
ones not so late as to be in very bad books. At
this point, St Valentine's Day was resumed but I shall draw a veil over any further Valentinous
adventures of the BOOTboys&beauties.
Unless anyone has some really scandalous gossip,
14th February 2013
14th February 2013
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map / O.S.)-
Fell, Gurnal Dubbs
Martin C, Mike, Stan, Tony,
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1308
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For the latest totals of the mileages and heights see: BB Log.
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