: The Third Half
1st August 2013
know that strictly speaking something can't have three
sometimes it happens!
surrounded our destination. I thought we would
be going up Kentmere again, possibly to do the full
round as compared the half measures of BB1313 : Poor Little Bo Peep
and BB1314 : The Other Half.
proposal was that today we should attempt the third
idea was to go up Longsleddale to park at Sadgill then
tackle the eastern side of that valley, returning down
the Gatescarth Pass, thereby completing the trilogy.
forecast was for the mist to clear early revealing a
very hot day. Why, you might wonder, were we contemplating
such punishment rather than a shady woodland stroll?
Tony is (or is supposed to be) in training for the Big
One. Not to mention that Bryan is in training
for Mongolia. And Stan recovering from a month's
climb up Great How is quite but not extremely steep
but Tony seemed to be suffering from the outset. His
feet were severely uncomfortable.
we stopped for the third catch-up, the reason
why he was struggling dawned upon him.
you put your left orthopaedic foot support
insole into the right boot and vice-versa,
there will be a rather unfortunate impact
on the ease with which you will be able
that is putting it mildly.
the insoles were swapped over, he positively
romped up the hill.
the clag was refusing to clear.
wind was cold, the air very damp and visibility
poor as we reached Grey Crag and little
better by Tarn Crag.
down out of the mist, we found a lump of
rocks behind which to shelter to have lunch.
In fact there was a good, if somewhat dark,
panorama of the middle half, i.e. the eastern
Kentmere (western Longsleddale) fells and,
across the dip, Branstree.
Pike, Adam Seat and Branstree
some reason- I can only think that it was for condition
training- we decided to tackle Branstree.
find this to be one of the most boring hills. It
is a featureless slog up by the side of the wall / fence
although Bryan tried to liven it up by demonstrating
a ballroom dancing move to Tony. The tedium is
slightly relieved by the strange trig point at the top.
the lack of a decent view of Haweswater, unless you
travel quite a way to the north, is a disappointment.
Stan and I did drop down someway to get a glimpse.
The reservoir was a little low, as you would expect
at this time of year, but nowhere near as bad as back
descent was another tedious slog down by a different
wall / fence to the top of the Gatescarth Pass. However,
on this occasion we spotted something not previously
seen. Or if we had seen it, no one remembered.
the fence was a stone with a large L carved
upon it. Levering up the stone revealed
an H on the reverse, that being the more
little further along we found a stone with
the same letters this time on the same face
with a dividing line between them.
boundary makers but for what do, or did,
the H and L stand?
thoughts were Longsleddale and Haweswater
till it dawned on us that, before the drowning
of Mardale, Haweswater was insignificant.
might L more likely be Lonsdale or Lowther?
got any suggestions as to the meaning of the letters?
Wainwright is silent on the subject. Perhaps he
was distracted as he passed by whilst composing his
verdict, rating the hill as "completely uninteresting".
Not quite. Mostly uninteresting, yes.
with sunshine becoming more summer-like, it was a long,
easy descent down the pass which, as noted on BB1313
is a "white road". Half way down (or
up) was a family who had driven their vehicle to have
some white road fun. The kids were having more
fun damming the water running down the gulley. Meanwhile,
the embryonic River Sprint was tumbling along.
Sprint (click for action)
so the third half of the Longsleddale / Kentmere valleys
finishes were needed so there was no opportunity for
a first or second half (pint), never mind a third. However,
Tony and I put most of that right in the evening. We
have noted many times Tony's fixation with Lady Anne
Clifford. Tonight there was a play on at the Town
Hall about her:
Anne Clifford - a Woman Cast Out
at this Kendal
production was mandatory.
It proved to be a well
acted and strong portrayal
of her life, albeit time-constrainedly abbreviated to one
troublesome husband rather than the actual two. Tony
was sufficiently moved to have his photo taken between
the young Lady Anne and her mother.
with young Lady Anne and her mother (left)
with the older Lady Anne
think he is stalking her. When Tony sent me the
photo of him with her Ladyship (as featured in BB1325
and shown above, right)
I thought she was a cardboard cut-out. I stand
corrected. She was for real. My humble apologies,
duly paid, we went round the corner for a swift pint
at Burgandy's. However (and I know that those
who know Tony will find it hard to believe), we did
not stop for another. Not even a third half.
1st August 2013
1st August 2013
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map / OS)
Crag, Tarn Crag, Branstree
Don, 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 bb1326 .
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- although it may not be quite up to date - see: Which
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