: Upstaged By A Three Year Old
26th August 2015
more can I write when a three year old toddler beats us up the
toddler was on no tiddler either; the target was Helvellyn. We
thought time might be short and we knew that vicious
winds would feature plus the possibility of rain, so
we took the easy route and parked at the top of Dunmail
Beck from Dunmail Raise.....
and on the climb
we climbed up to Grisedale Tarn, Raise Beck was very
full and angry from the recent deluges. The wind
was buffeting. What a lovely summer.
rushes across in front of Tony and .....
races down Raise Beck
a brief noon-time coffee stop, almost out of the wind,
to keep Tony functioning (it had been a late start)
we took the tourist path up to Dollywagon Pike.
across Grisedale Tarn
the Tourist Path, Seat Sandal behind
the clouds were heavy and fast moving, visibility was
good. Tempting though it was to look over the
eastern edge of the hill down to Grisedale and beyond,
caution suggested otherwise.
we climbed Nethermost Pike where we could see a few
brave (foolhardy?) folk making their way along Striding
Perhaps the wind was somewhat spent by the
time it reached them but there is no way I would have
countenanced being on the Edge today.
afterwards we saw a family group who had come up from
Wythburn. Father, mother and two sons, aged 6 and 3.
I should stress that all were walking. No
parental piggy backs.
on Striding Edge
to the summit by the kids
summit shelter was quite busy and the two quadrants
in the lee from the now viscous wind were occupied.
Mike lost his sitting pad, blown down to Patterdale
and A N Other lost his sandwich, similarly.
Edge and Cofa Pike to the left, Red Tarn in the middle,
Striding Edge to the right
met the family again as we descended the Comb Gill route
to Wythburn. The
3 year old was now being carried. Not surprising
really given that not only had he just climbed an English
Monro, he had done 8 similar miles the previous day!
winding way down to Wythburn
didn’t need to drop quite down to Thirlmere as there
is a track then path that runs above the road, providing
a good view of the Howitzer, and led
us back to the cars.
one lunch box with butties. Or
Just before reaching the
took a minor detour to see if I could find the cairn
that is marked on the OS map that I took to be the possible
last resting place of King Domnhail (see BB1415).
In the heavy bracken I did find a pile of stones
but whether that is what is was or merely a collapsed
sheep pen, I can’t say.
day ended in the Badger Bar, undertaking the one exercise
in which we were fairly confident we would be able to
beat the three year old should he make an appearance.
26th August 2015
have since discovered that the King Domnhail's cairn
is in the grassy "island" in the middle of
the dual carriageway. Next time..........!
26th August 2015
climbed in feet:
Pike, Nethermost Pike, Helvellyn
Don, John Hn, Martin, Mike Terry, Tony,
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