: Nothing We Do Is Worth Getting Hurt For
30th July 2014
reads a United Utilities notice headed "Our
Belief" on a gateway
in Brigsteer. Mike and Terry wondered whether
to adopt it as their motto for the day. Or was
it for their lives?
a motto, don't you think it might look better in Latin?
was not in our minds as we set off across the Lyth Valley
from Mike's home in The Howe. Our route crossed
several of the dykes that drain the water from this
reclaimed land that is under threat of having the pumps
turned off. It would be a much longer walk were
that to be the case.
to go across the Moss
Brigsteer we took the low road through the village,
thereby avoiding the temptation of the Wheatsheaf Inn.
It was there that we saw the United Utilties belief
OPERAE PRETIUM EST DOLOR
climb up to Helsington Church is steepish but short
and not dangerous.
No hurt there.
We admired the slowly fading mural
by Marion de Saumarez that is dedicated to all the faithful
departed, especially those who fell in the Great War.
Any danger or hurt that might come our way pales
into insignificance compared with their suffering for
King and Country.
James' Church, Helsington
door, the old school house has been acquired by the
Wheatsheaf to provide upmarket bunkhouse accommodation
for partying groups.
path took us up by the side of the bunkhouse and eventually
down to the dual carriage way section of the A591 just
outside Kendal. Danger definitely wizzed past
here but we crossed without getting hurt.
House was the next feature of note, reputed to be the
first house in the area with electricity. This
was generated by a water wheel dynamo on the River Kent, or
so I am told.
fast flowing River Kent
crossed the bridge over the River Kent- definitely a
place to get hurt if you fall into the water flowing
fast through the narrow gorge. In contrast, the
old canal is dry, so presented no danger although I
suppose you could get hurt if you tumbled down its grassy
the field, in Natland, lies our house and our first
Don & Margaret
Several potential hurtings now awaited.
bridle path is getting overgrown with nettles and I
must get out with the strimmer soon to stop people being
drop from the canal bank to the field leading to the
river is extrenely steep if you want it to be. Fortunately
there is a much more gentle descent available.
Kent is wider here therefore not flowing so fast but
the suspension bridge is wobbly. If the permitted
25 people were all in step it could become very "interesting"
to use Bryan's word for dangerous. If it were
to collapse, no doubt great hurt would ensue but there
were only three of us and it didn't.
over the Kent
brief flirtation with the caravan site presented no
problems and the only dangers on the path up to Low
Sizergh Farm were from the attention of hens and the
temptation to call in the farm shop for another coffee
stop. Similarly we avoided The Strickland Arms.
danger shortly awaited us. The footpath through
the Sizergh Castle grounds, which is also used by the
National Trust for a children's treasure hunt, contained
several cows with their calves. Even though we
gave them a very wide berth (well away from the actual
footpath) the cows were giving off intimidating signals
to protect their calves. Young children on the
treasure hunt might not be aware of how dangerous mother
cows can be in such circumstances and could get seriously
we survived and made it to Terry's new home in Levens
and another coffee.
Knott from Sizergh Fell
definitely lurked not much further on when we reached
the Hare & Hounds but only the type that could ensue
if we lurked there too long. We just had the one
pint and escaped unharmed to cross the lower Kent
Hare & Hounds, Levens
Scar across the Moss
The hurt here was to the feet as
the remainder of the walk was on the hard roads back
to Mike's house in The Howe. However Jean's delicious
Elderflower juice made any such pain worthwhile.
conclusion therefore the slogan "Nothing we
do is worth getting hurt for" has not really
been seriously tested.. Such minor hurt as we
might have experienced certainly did not detract from
an enjoyable, triangular walk. Mind you, it could
have been a different story had the traffic, nettles,
slopes, river, bridge, cows and alcohol conspired to
produce a more treacherous outcome!
Wednesday 30th July 2014
No Colour Supplement
Wednesday 30 July 2014
climbed in feet
Howe, Brigsteer, Natland, Levens
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1427 .
discover which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
- although it may not be that up to date - see: Which
For the totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see: BB Log.
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