BB2129 : Mission Accomplished

Wednesday 4th August 2021

“Orton Scar,” said Martin. “Let’s go to Orton Scar.”

“Yes,” I agreed.  “And Great Asby Scar.  Two limestone pavements and a Stone Circle thrown in for good luck.”

Then reality dawned.  The pandemicly postponed Appleby Horse Fair is taking place next week. The grass verges were likely to be full of tethered horses and the roads clogged with very slow moving gypsy caravans making their way north.

These fears were confirmed by reports of sightings all the way from Settle to Orton.  Time for a rethink.

It was then that Bryan came to the rescue.  “I’m doing a recce for the Kendal Walking Festival and you’re welcome to join us if you like.”  By “us” he meant him plus Janet and Derek, fellow members of the Kendal Fellwalkers.  At short notice he had been asked to step into the boots of the man who had planned the route. Bryan needed to check it out before leading the 17 unknown people.

Their walk was to start from Windermere, take a convoluted route up to the Dubbs Reservoir.....

.... then a straightforward ascent of Sour Howes and round to Sallows.  

The descent would be via the Garburn Pass, down the Longmire Road track then across to Orrest Head and back into Windermere.  An excellent introductory walk for anyone unfamiliar with the area and a pleasant outing for those who are.

Although pleased to be asked, we were a little apprehensive as the Kendal Fellwalkers activities tend to be somewhat more challenging than ours.  Also it was to be Tony’s first outing since mending his leg.  Accordingly we decided to meet them at the bottom of the Dubbs Road, thereby saving more than a couple of miles and a couple of hundred feet.  

In fact I think we must have saved considerably more than a couple of miles as they were rather late arriving. I was relieved to find that they were not the crag rats I had feared.  They might travel long distances but we could cope with their speed.  Unless they were just humouring us, of course!

What I found more of a challenge was that their stopping strategy is rather different to ours.  They have a strict 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. rule.  Stan and I prefer to keep on going until we summit and then feast.  Tony demands (but seldom is allowed) a "stop at noon" policy.

Anyway, we managed to accommodate everyone’s needs, more or less, with a coffee stop en-route to Sour Howes and lunch being taken on the top of Sallows. It was a lovely day with good long distance visibility though just a touch too hazy to see Blackpool Tower.

After the restart we set off down to the Garburn Road track and parted company at its junction with the top of the Dubbs Road track.  Bryan’s mission required him to complete his route to Windermere.

Our mission required us to meet Martin and Stephen at the Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley.  I have heard no more from Bryan but assume his mission was successfully accomplished  I can report that ours most definitely was.  


Don, Wednesday 4th August 2021

 Comitibus: Don, Kevin, Bryan, Stan, Janet, Tony


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BB2129 : Mission Accomplished


Wednesday 4th August


Sour Howes, Sallows


Don, Stan, Tony;   Bryan, Janet, Derek

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