: Schafe können sicher weiden
21st September 2016
you seen them?” he said.
we hadn’t but we would keep an eye open for them.
you, for the first part of our outing it would have
been difficult to see sheep whatever colour they were.
It was supposed to be nice this morning but, not
trusting the forecasters, we eschewed the opportunity
to go high and instead sought to satisfy Robin’s wishes
to visit territory unfamiliar to him and knock off a
few Wainwrights (although I didn’t know he was on the
parked by the Watermill Inn at Ings and headed off up
the lanes and bridle paths onto Mickle Moss which Robin
likened to the African Savannah.
in full flight
sight greeted us. Not lions or tigers or camels
(nor old ale and sandwiches too) but hounds in full
flight. Had the weather been better I might have
been able to show you some fine photos but it was very
so our spirits. We climbed Caple Howe and then
advanced to Sour Howes. I remember the trail from there
to Sallows to be a pleasant trip round the head of a
valley and I am sure that on a good day it still is.
at the gate
However today we couldn’t see it until we got quite
from Sour Howes !
achieved, we dropped down onto the Garburn Pass and
continued to Troutbeck. Bryan had recently been
a tour of the village led by an enthusiast
who could explain the history - geographically, structurally
and socially - of this interesting linear
village. Unfortunately Bryan could remember little of
it other than gems like “the man mentioned something
about this house”.
this man (me) mentioned something about the café that
now exists in the old Post Office and had already suggested
that, rather than carry butties, we stop there for lunch.
So we did. Bacon and Brie Paninis we ordered.
Unfortunately others had beaten us to the bacon so ham
and cheese or tuna and something had to suffice but
these were all enjoyed. It was then that the proprietor
informed us about the orange sheep. No, we hadn’t
seen them, we told him. What’s the story? It
seems that after some instances of woolly rustling, the
farmer had decided that if he painted his sheep orange,
the thieves would be unlikely to target them.
were not absolutely sure whether this was true or just a
shaggy sheep story. We checked our change to make
sure we had not been fleeced then set off in search
of the orange ovine.
soon became evident that he was right. The sheep
had been painted a fetching shade of orange. Some
had also obviously been Tangoed by the Tangerine Tup; evidenced
by the mark left on their backs.
Great Wall of Wansfell
objective was Wansfell- the far end, Baystones- and
as we climbed we saw more examples of the orange sheep
although they were too far away to tell if TT had had the pleasure.
was still a gray day but clearing somewhat as we
turned south along a mini version of the Great Wall
the colour of the sheep was Mandarin!!
At the Ambleside end of the ridge
is Wansfell Pike. On a good day this is a splendid viewpoint but
not just yet.
from Wansfell Pike
The descent to Ambleside is
on a recently laid stone path.
These are very helpful
for the ascent but I find them hard on the heels when
a slippery off-piste diversion proved hard on the bum so back to
the path I went.
in the town we decided to catch the bus back to Ings
to give us more time at the Watermill.
This is one
of those locations where, to my mind, the floods have
been kind to the owners or at least the customers. My
recollection is of soggy carpets (caused by beer not
river). Now there is a smart floor flagged in
slate from the local stone merchant. The beer
too was good.
the corner sat the farmer supping his ale and humming
We couldn't quite make out the tune but
it certainly wasn't "I'll never find another ewe".
Then I recognised it from my piano lessons as
a child. It was Johann Sebastian Baaaach's
Schafe können sicher weiden
known as "Sheep May Safely Graze". Of
Wednesday 21st September 2016
is now on the lookout for different hues
are some pretty pink ones that he found.
me know if you see any other interestingly
21st September 2016
climbed in feet:
Howes, Sallows, Wansfell
Don, Robin, Terry
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should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1633 .
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- although it may not be that up to date - or for the totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see the Excel
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