: Something Seldom Seen
24th August 2016
Terry," I said," I am going to show you something
that is seldom seen."
I thought I was going to gain three more Wainwrights,"
he responded, confused.
are," I reassured him. "But look out for it".
not being rude are you?"
confusion was contagious. Mike and Tony were similarly
baffled. However that wise old man of the mountains,
Stan, had an inkling.
parked by the side of Ullswater and set off climbing
alongside Mossdale Beck. It is steep, wooded and
little used. Terry was beginning to think this might
be "it", but we were not alone- an adventurous
youth was catching us up so it didn't seem that seldom
at the normal path to the Glenridding Pike summit, he
could immediately tell that this could not be "it".
It is a well trod path to a fine viewpoint and
plenty of others were advancing to the same destination-
glimpsed from near Mossdale Beck
destination was Sheffield Pike and this time there was
no path, defined or otherwise. Just a steep climb
through Heron Crag's rocks and heather and bracken, making sure that
we kept away from the cliffs. Stan insisted on a
rather more direct route than that up which I had taken
John on BB1518. Both were seldom used but anyone
on them could easily be seen from below.
Crag, Sheffiled Pike les beyond
our better judgement, we stopped at the top (W №
to allow Tony to eat. It was noon, after all.
I didn't eat much. A wasp, not a seldom
seen type of creature but unseen by me, objected to
me eating my jam sandwich and stung me on my little
finger. It's a good job it wasn't inside the butty.
I put the rest away for later consumption.
Dodd from Heron Crag
was a steeper descent than I remembered to Nick Head
and ditto the climb to Hart Crag (W №
2 ). I confess that
I pressed on towards its summit with little concern
for my colleagues. I was on a mission. When
I looked back, there was Tony and Terry and Mike but
no Stan. Not seldom seen - just not to be seen
at all. And then when I looked again, there he
was. It transpired that he had taken a detour
to include White Stones in his itinery.
Stones straight on, Hart Crag to the right
with Striding and Swirral Edges
Stan," I complained, "I was going to
go the White Stones way back!". A breakdown in communication
about which I suspect that Mike and Tony were secretly
happy. Terry however was keen even though it is
not a Wainwright and so the two of us thundered off
to conquer this lesser peak. Its summit is quite
interesting, being littlered with, well, white stones.
from White Stones to Nick Head, Sheffield Pike behind
arranged to regroup at Nick Head, the top of the path
down to Glencoyndale. Stan had underestimated
how fast we would be moving so for Terry and me it was
quite along wait. They were nowhere to be seen
at all. Here the terrain was wasp-less so I finished
rest of my lunch by which time the others were to be
seen- at the top of the steep descent.
regrouped we set off down the path which fulfilled my
worst fears. The ground was steep and the path a narrow
traverse. Just what I don't like. However, soon
we did see something seldom seen. I have in the
past been critical of the way in which some tracks on
the fells have been gentrified, if that is the right
word. Those in the Kentmere are for example are
an awful scar. However, some of the more recently
laid stone paths are far superior and make travelling
over difficult terrain much easier.
descent from Nick Head down Glencoyne
have never actually seen anyone laying these paths before.
Today, we met three individuals, volunteers we
thought, who were digging out the track and laying stone
steps that had been delivered by helicopter. When
asked how long it took they replied, if I heard them
right, a metre per day. Sounds a bit Majorie Dawish!
seen but not the Seldom Seen. That lay a little
further along after the path had dropped to the valley
floor. You can just see it in the photo below.
you see Seldom Seen?
Seen is the name of a row of old miners' cottages, now
somewhat gentrified. hidden behind a copse.
are located in a lonely
valley that, pre-Wainwright, was probably little visited
as not much of it is visible from below and it is not
an obvious trade, coffin or droving route.
was now a short stroll to the road and the discovery
of a the Ullswater Way.
Discovery is probably
the wrong word as I had seen signs for it last week
when we walked the eastern side of Ullswater but thought
it was a bit of puff as the westernside of the lake
was just road. Just road it might have been but
now there is a path and presumably it travels most of
the length of the lake. Furthermore there are
bus stops so undertaking it in small chunks would be
quite practical (unlike the eastern side).
That completed the outing apart from finishing up at
somewhere frequently seen- the Hawskhead brewery in
Staveley. However, here we saw someone who has
become seldom seen- a BOOTboy
who has not been out with us for nearly a year. Come
back Martin-Sam; we've missed you!
24th August 2016
to Mike for some bonus photos
24th August 2016
climbed in feet:
Dodd, Sheffield Pike,
Hart Side, Whitestones
Don, Mike, Stan, Terry, Tony
shown: Anquet Harveys
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