: High Cup and Bottles
9th April 2015
has sprung and, for a few days at least, the weather
is what you would hope for when the daffs are out and
the blossom is emerging.
has been very patient. He has wanted us to go
to High Cup Nick for ages but, instead, we have taken
him almost everywhere but! Time for his reward.
Plus a surprise.
Tony been with us, I suspect he would have made us stop
in Appleby to re-open
Lady Anne's crypt
but as he wasn't she could rest in peace and we pressed
on to park at High Cup House.
route to the Nick was via the slopes of Middleton Crag
and up between the two flanks of the canyon. The
rim was reached by a steep but easy scramble. From here
we had a good view of the remarkable valley with its
near vertical sides.
sentinel on the north wall!
of the Nick from top centre
achieved, we followed the Pennine Way for a mile or
so until we reached the footbridge over Maize Beck,
the stream that drains the fell eastwards to the River
we turned back along the other side of the beck and
to the Nick where we stopped for a lazy, sunny lunch.
strange feature of the walk was the many, many mounds
that look like molehills, both in the valley and on
the top. I have never seen anything like it on
the hills before.
and on top
were also lots of old, grassed over ones, not dissimilar
to those seen on Scout Scar on BB1401
which we were told were anthills.
Cup fell ponies
route thereafter followed the Pennine Way towards Dufton
but we turned off along an old quarry track which led
down to Town Head, not far from the car. This is where
I had a surprise in store for the lads. Here to
be found is the High
We were invited in for a tasting following which
James treated us to a bottle of the Rhubarb wine.
cheeky little rhubarb
a pleasant drink it was to sup in the afternoon sun whilst
sitting overlooking the Eden valley.
more High Cup bottles found their way into my rucksac-
legitimately paid for, I hasten to add. I didn't
Thursday 9th April 2015
The day after writing the report, I was killing
time in Kendal and discovered there was an exhibition
in Stricklandgate House, featuring maps and photos of
the wall was a massive old-time map of Westmorland,
of which county High Cup Nick then
belonged except that wasn't its name. According
to the map, it was then known as High Cote
makes sense. Cote meaning side and
Nick meaning a cut or indentation.
a high sided indentation.
land above the Nick is shown as disputed
territory although it did not say who was
in dispute with whom.
at last been able to update his Himalayan blog. You
can catch up with him at Everest Base Camp and Much More
has also posted on Facebook
this picture of himself celebrating his birthday.
9th April 2015
climbed in feet:
Don, James, Mike, Stan
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1513 .
discover which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
- although it may not be that up to date - or for the totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see the Excel
file: BB Log.
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