: The Undeterred
18th December 2014
duties and foul weather were the excuses given by many.
However a few braved the elements. Terry
to think of an apt title for this week's BB outing,
film titles were contenders, such as The Undefeated,
The Untouchables, The Untamed; however given the forecast
of "Heavy Rain and Strong Winds" it seemed
The Undeterred fitted best.
Staveley Mill yard at 10:15, we turned left onto the
A591 and almost immediately passed a landmark I’d never
noticed before (usually passing in a car). St Margaret’s
Tower was built in 1388 and is the only remains of the
chapel built in honour of St Margaret. It has a plaque
to commemorate the Staveley men of the F Company, Second
V B Border Regiment who served in South Africa Campaign
of 1900 -01 under Major John Thompson (any relative?).
the village we turned left onto the bridleway that,
to some of us, was surprisingly labeled Dales Way. Bryan,
our leader for the day, confirmed that this was the
part of the Dales Way that connected Windermere with
path skirted the River Kent which, following the recent
inclement weather, was indisputably in full flow. Rising
above the river we passed the curiously named Hundhowe
House and looking south we could see the Cowan Head
development in the distance. This prompted a discussion
on the merits of this development and the compromise
of affordable and on the edge of the lakes, or "in"
the lakes with a corresponding price tag!! Onwards and
upwards to Potter Tarn where we had an interesting crossing
of the tarn weir outflow. (Bryan's photo)
the Dales Way by the side of the Kent
makes the dangerous crossing of the Dam!
long after Potter Tarn we reached the attractively(?)
named Gurnal Dubs. It was created from damming three
smaller natural ponds (dubs). There is a stone and slate
boathouse on the tarn and based on Bryan's warning that
this would be the last sheltered spot, we stopped for
lunch. Unusually this was at 11:45, i.e.15 minutes before
TPLT (Tony’s Preferred Lunch Time)
: Gurnal Dubs
off into the gloom
far the weather had not been either as rainy or as windy
as forecast; however all that was to change. It was
good half an hour's yomp uphill to reach the summit
of Potter Fell (271m) which is rather unimpressively
marked with two small stones (see photo in right hand
closes in on the way to Potter Fell
next stage, uphill into the mist and rain, could also
be described as a yomp but, with the very boggy conditions
underfoot, it was more like a swomp! By the time
we reached the summit of Brunt Knott (427m) the views
were reduced to a minimum and the wind was turned up
to maximum. Barely able to stand up, Bryan dryly observed
that it probably wasn’t a good day to be walking the
of Brunt Knott
steep decent through the mist took us past Brunt Knott
Farm and as we reached the lane back to Staveley, the
rain and wind subsided making it feel quite temperate.
A final view over the sheep grazed hillsides and then
we were back to the River Kent and its spectacular weir.
back at the Mill yard at 2:30, it was a perfect time
for some Hawkshead Brewery refreshments (Yorkshire Pud
& Roast Beef for one hearty appetite!) and a unanimous
verdict that it had been well worth braving the weather.
big thanks to Bryan and his navigational skills that
were firmly tested on this outing.
Thursday 18th December 2014
climbed in feet
Fell, Brunt Knott
John Hn, Mike, Terry
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