BB1908 : The Toad With A Glint In His Eye

Thursday 21st February 2019

At first it just looked like someone had removed a manhole cover and left a rectangular hole in the ground.  But what was this doing in the middle of a field?

On closer inspection we could see that it was no man-made structure but the natural entrance to a mini limestone underground cavern.  And that might have been the end of it had we not seen the glint.  A flash of light.

On even closer inspection we could see it was emitting from a toad's eye.

And on even more closer inspection we could see why.  Right in front of him was a very pretty young toadette.  No wonder he had a glint in his eye.  Well, bufo bufo!*

That was near Hutton Roof but our outing had started with the ascent of Farleton Knott.  

Unlike our last visit, we went the sensible way up- underneath the crags of Holme Park Fell.  We had chosen this area as the clag was down in the Lakes and the ground was sodden other than in limestone country.  Of course there is the negative that limestone is very slippery when wet.  We had to take care.

Farleton Knott is an excellent viewpoint on a good day but we hadn't expected to see very much so weren't disappointed.

Martin and I had a bit of a disagreement as the best way to cross over Newbiggin Crags and on to Uberash Plain.  We went some way along my route then Martin questioned whether it was the right way.  As he had lived in the area I deferred and we retraced our steps to pick up Martin's route.  

Now that I can look at our tracklog on the computer, I can see that, in fact we were both right for what we wanted to achieve.  He was just that bit righter although it meant we would not be visiting the Ploverlands summit trig point.  Probably just as well given the slipperiness.

As we descended through the wonderfully named Blasterfoot Gap, I tried to phone Ian G to warn him that we would shortly be passing his house in Hutton Roof. Sadly there was no reply.

We stopped for a while at what I believe is called the Cuckoo Stone though I am not sure why unless it is an erratic- a different species of stone deposited in a limestone nest.  Or something like that.

Half an hour later my phone rang.  It was Ian.  I explained where we were which, by now, was a couple of fields away on the other side of the village.  He'd been out playing golf.  Had he only known, he said, he would have invited us in for a couple of drams.

We were tempted to retrace our steps for a second time but Tony prefers ale so we continued on our way.  It was then that we had the bufo bufo incident.  The Toad with a Glint in his Eye

High Biggins has some interesting old buildings, some beautifully restored, some in need of resoration and one in process.  

Tony and I stopped to engage in conversation with the restorer when all of a sudden I realised I knew who it was.

Steve B.  He and Helen were hard at work completing their project.  We stopped to admire their efforts then continued on our way.

Soon we were in Kirkby Lonsdale.

We spent a while exploring this interesting little town.....





..... then John mentioned something.  The Orange Tree.  It has its own carpet and, more importantly, its own brewery.   

I looked at Tony.  Guess what?  There was a glint in his eye.  Beero beero!

Don, Thursday 21st February 2019

* bufo bufo is the scientific name for the common toad



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BB1908 : The Toad With A Glint In His Eye


Thursday 21st February 2019


Farleton Knott, Hutton Roof Crags


Don, John, Martin, Tony

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