: Terry had a little lamb
14th April 2021
did have a little lamb. I don't mean
tasty meat and gravy washed down with a
fine red wine though that might be the lamb's
destiny. I mean a little, fluffy,
endearing, living lamb. And everywhere
that Terry went, that lamb did surely go.
For a while at least. But more
of that later.
needed an early return in order to undertake
post-lockdown festivities so that meant
an early start and not too far to drive.
I suggested Whinfell, not only because
it fitted that brief but also I had been
told of a different way off the fell that
would enable a shorter walk from Hucks Bridge.
I wanted to check it out.
initial climb up Ashtead Fell is the stiffest
part of the walk and perhaps the stiffest
part of the stiffest part was actually climbing
out of the track cut into the fell by the
weather was kind, and the views were good
thereby resulting in leisurely progress along
We even found some snow-
can't remember being in any previously this
highest point is actually at Mabbin Crag,
between the forests, though it doesn't feel
like it. Tony and Stan examined the
Hobbit House and then we moved out of the
woodland bog onwards to Castle Fell .....
eventually to Whinfell Beacon.....
with the radio masts beyond.....
and beyond them the Howgills.
was delighted to discover that he was being
allowed to have his lunch at just two minutes
were several carvings on the summit cairn,
one seemingly dating back to 1835.
"new" route off the fell involved
crossing back over the wall stile then heading
east down the hill to pick up a track that
leads down eventually to the minor road
near Evattsike. Strangely this is
shown on the OS 1:50k map but not on the
is evidently later round here than elsewhere
as there were many very young lambs to be
seen. One of them, so young that its
mother was still trailing, well I'm not
really sure what it was trailing but it
was something to do with its afterbirth.
The lamb however was steady on its
feet and decided that humans were much more
interesting than ewes and, in particular,
that the human called Terry was the most
interesting of them all. Perhaps it
thought Terry was vegetarian? Anyway,
as I said at the outset, everywhere that
Terry went, that lamb did surely go.
thought mother might become a bit aggressive
with all the attention its offspring was
enjoying but she kept her distance albeit
with a very watchful eye.
Terry persuaded the lamb that mother's milk
was far better than anything he could offer
and we were able to escape to the road.
led north through very rural countryside.....
passing the occasional farm or very nice
house until we came to a paddock with a
couple of fell ponies. Stan of course
befriended them although he didn't tell
them his usual tale that had he got an apple,
he would have offered it to them. This
was next to the old farmhouse where a pleasant
woman engaged us in discussion about fell
ponies- one of Stan's new friends was thirty
years old and was being fattened up to return
to the hills.
little further on, after Stan had spotted
several deer heading into the woods, we
left the tarmac road to take a rough
track that led more or less back to the
was only later, as I drove home, that I
realised that I had forgotten to ask Terry
what he was having for dinner. Lamb,
horse or venison? Washed down with
a fine red wine of course.
Wednesday 14th April 2021
My apologies that the Relive track initially
shows a straight line up the hill. Unfortunately
I hadn't realised that it had been on Pause.
It still gives you a good idea of
our route. Click on the aerial view
below to follow our route.
Stan, Tony, Terry