13th January 2016
has been an aura of gloom pervading the media concerning
Cumbria and the aftermath of the rain and floods. The
impression has been created, wrongly, that the Lake
District is closed.
wanted to see for ourselves the problem with the A591
that had severed the artery from South to North, from
Westmorland to Cumberland, as was.
was a glorious day with the hills covered in snow.
Old Man and Wetherlam
Crags, Bowfell and Langdale Pikes
plan was to go up Tongue Gill to Grisedale Tarn then
maybe over Dollywagon and Nethermost Pike before descending
to Whythburn Church then returning to the Traveller’s
Rest where we had left the car.
sausages for starters
to put on the microspikes
the sun was shining brightly, unfortunately for much
of our climb it hidden by hill, leaving us in the shade.
Consequently, whilst the distant views were superb,
it was a trifle cold.
back down Tongue Gill
Tongue Gill waterfall
we emerged from the shadows for the final stretch up
to Grisedale Tarn it was magnificent.
once in the sunshine
Tarn and Dollywagon
was a group of youths and adults who were watching us
climb up and pass by. They seemed well equipped
and all in similar clothing so perhaps they were a school
party. Whatever, we soon discovered their tents
so respect to them for camping out there in the snow.
with his back to the group
the snow. Wenceslas would have been disappointed.
It was not crisp or even. It was deep however.
We were regularly sinking to our knees or worse
and progress was very slow and tiring.
was a distinct lack of enthusiasm for carrying on up
Dollywagon and, seeing the slowness of a couple who
had gone that way, I am sure our decision was wise.
behind Grisedale tarn
seemed to take an age to circumnavigate the tarn and
reach the top of Raise Beck, by which time we were back
in shade. Seat Sandal is far from being my favourite
hill and the way it grabbed our sunshine reinforced
my opinion of it!
down the Raise Beck
Fell across Raise Beck
descent was easier going- provided you had microspikes
for the steep, rocky, icy path. Eventually we
once again emerged into sunshine so, four hours after
we started, we were able to rest and eat.
cairn in the A591 Island
back at the top of Dunmail Raise (and King
we tracked north for a while, past the Road Closed signs
and down to where the relief road is being constructed
to help a limited amount of traffic- school bus for
example- travel from Grasmere to Keswick and back. It
will be several months yet before the A591 is open for
to Thirlmere and beyond closed
was enough exploration, we decided, so walked down a
very quiet A591, past what appeared to be an old mine
entrance that I had never noticed when whizzing by,
and back to the car. The Travellers Rest was closed
for the afternoon whilst being renovated. Consequently
we went into Grasmere village and to Tweedies bar. A
new one on me but worth a visit, especially as it has
its own parking.
message is, don’t believe the doom merchants. The
Lake District is NOT closed. Much of it is open
(paths and pubs and places to buy things) and currently
spectacular. It’s just that the historic relationship
has been restored.
creation of Cumbria always seemed daft to me, politically.
Mountains divide communities, not unite them.
and the northern lakes, better referred to as Cumberland,
once again can focus its communications easily across
to Newcastle (although access via the M6 is good).
and the Southern Lakes, i.e. Westmorland*, once more
look south to Lancashire.
visitors take note. Westmorland** is definitely open.
And I am sure the same is true of Cumberland***.
Come and enjoy.
Wednesday 20th January 2016
OK, Westmorland and Furness”
OK, OK, Kendal is best avoided at the moment due to
essential and non-essential roadworks closing bridges.
Use the by-pass.
Mike adds that at the Linthwaite,
Windermere, they tell people to go to Keswick via Glenridding.
It is not a huge extra distance and it's a nice
is a selection of the entries for the photo competition.
The substances featured in these pictures
taken on BB1602 were thought to be:
- Reflection of Don's
head and THE hat
of a discarded old advert concerning
Mr Bradford and Mr Bingley in their
- A puddle
in which the ice was rapidly melting before
our very eyes,
- Snow, coloured by a blue sky
- Lakeland slate chippings
- Strange blue coloured broken
glass on a grass verge
out painting of RAF logo
of the first nano-second of the Big
- Newton rings from a petrol type spillage
each case, the third bullet point is correct.
for the closest to the right answers goes to my brother
Alan. Well, nepotism is perfectly acceptable as
long as you keep it in the family!
19th January 2016
climbed in feet:
Hn, Mike, Stan, Terry
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1603 .
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.
can navigate to the required report via the Home
have been gleaned from many sources
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