: Ten Years After
22nd January 2014
22nd January 2004, five old friends stopped waffling
on about going to do it and actually put things into
motion. John PL, Pete, Philip, Stan and I drove
to Haweswater and set off on the inaugural BOOTboys
walk ( BB0401,
that the name had been coined at that stage, nor the
blog started nor any photos taken). The weather
was terrible and the intended assault on Harter Fell
was abandoned at the Nan Bield Shelter.
22nd January 2014, eighteen old and new BOOTboys
plus Jed, the BOOTtoddler,
set out to commemorate the inaugural expedition. All
of the "originals" were present although,
sadly due to the state of his knees, John PL could only
take part as chauffeur, albeit a crucial role!
save the trouble of driving all the way round to Haweswater,
the intention this time was to start from Kentmere Church.
change of start and end point had the added advantage
of using the Staveley Mill Yard as a meeting place and
the extra bonus of using the Hawkshead Brewery as a
post-walk place to regroup and refresh.
out the various travel arrangements in logical groupings
taking into account people's different domestic locations,
abilities and preferred routes, started to make multi-dimensional
chess seem a doddle in comparison so, for light relief,
I turned, at long last, to completing my tax returns.
that fearsome task was over, things became simpler,
thanks in no small part to the weather forecast being
not dissimilar to 2004. Two basic options. The
first, to be undertaken by all, a gentle saunter to
Kentmere reservoir. Those who wanted could then
return down the valley. Those for whom the Nan
Bield Shelter was the ultimate celebratory objective
would press on, irrespective of conditions.
seemed to be going well at the rendezvous until a vehicle
(driver to remain anonymous to spare his embarrassment)
arrived without one of the would-be participants. Fortunately,
at very short notice, Ann was able to bring Philip to
join us but it did mean we were now behind a tight schedule.
the convoy progressed up the lane to Kentmere, John
had to take emergency action to avoid a kamikaze driver
hurtling along the road in his tiny 1940s machine. It
was an unusual vehicle which looked like a small, maroon Morris
pickup truck. It all happened so fast
that I was unable to photograph it. However, I thought
I had seen that vehicle before and, thanks to Uncle
Google, I found this photo from BB0618,
a rather better day on which we were tackling the Kentmere
John had the pleasure of having to
take similar avoiding action from the same vehicle on his return down the
all were safely gathered at Kentmere Church, we took
the team picture and set off up the west side of the
valley. It was raining gently and the hills
were shrouded. It was expected to clear by noon.
introduced to BOOTboys
a hitherto unused mode of transport- a pushchair in
which Jed travelled on his inaugural expedition.
or two of our colleagues looked longingly and wished
he had brought a rather larger one!
S, the BOOTboys resident
cartoonist, had contemplated using a zimmer as a walking aid and
dreamt of being stretchered off by Mountain Rescue
who kindly provided a life saving pint of real ale.
to the reservoir was faster than I expected, despite
the disparate nature of the group.
at the quarry houses
Tony and Pete
hoped they could enjoy lunch at their desired time of
noon. Pete may well have done but by that time we had
split into two groups- those returning down the valley
and those heading up the pass. Tony was in the
Bield Pass in cloud
across the raging beck
back down to the reservoir
The climb took
rather longer than I had anticipated and poor old Tony
was made to suffer. He just about held out to
the summit shelter. It is a good job there is a shelter
there as the weather was quite unpleasant. Cold,
wet and very windy. I suppose that is why there
is a shelter there.
Nan Bield shelter- mission accomplished
the record, the Nan Bielders this time were, left to
right, Don, Martin C, John Hn, Roger B, Ian, Martin
S, Stan, James & Tony.
across from the east side of the valley
returned along the east side of the valley to the Church
where John was patiently waiting for us. I should
add that he wasn't ferrying all the group but was ferrying
those who couldn't fit into the walker / driver cars.
Excess quantity of people, not size! The delayed
start and slower than expected progress meant that we
were too late for food at the Staveley Beer Hall. Of
course the reservoir group had reached it much earlier,
had dined but hadn't saved us anything. Still
the Brewery does sell the crispiest and spiciest crisps
I have ever tasted.
of a sudden a row broke
out between Pete and John PL.
They were disputing which of them looked
the younger. There is only one sensible way to
settle the matter- put it to the vote.
right you can see the evidence.
Vote by clicking
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or John, who looks the younger?
dried out and wetted in, the group dispersed, some of
us seeking further amusement in Kendal. The Castle
Inn was chosen where Stan, Tony and Pete introduced
John Hn to the delights
of 5s and 3s (a dominos game).
Thus it was that the Ten Years After episode drew to a
close, It had been really good sharing it with
so many friends and in weather that was absolutely perfect
for the event.
I wonder how many of
us will be able
to manage the Ten Years After the Ten Years After outing?
22nd January 2014
Years After- bonus track
memorable event in my early business career
was the success of one our salesmen with
Fastest Guitarist In The West"
Lee and his band. We were impressed.
can hear and see Lee in action by clicking
Like a Man
relevance, tenuous as it might be, is that
his band was called:
Ten Years After.
22nd January 2014
climbed in feet
Nan Bield group:
Memory Map / OS
Reservoir, Nan Bield Shelter
Don, Graham, Ian, James, John Hn, John
PL John S, Martin C, Martin S,
Pete, Philip, Roger B, Roger T, Stan,
Stephen B, Stuart, Tony
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1404 .
discover which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
- although it may not be that up to date - see: Which
For the latest totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see: BB Log.
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