: Mission Accomplished
4th August 2021
Scar,” said Martin. “Let’s go to Orton
I agreed. “And Great Asby Scar. Two
limestone pavements and a Stone Circle thrown
in for good luck.”
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.
fears were confirmed by reports of sightings
all the way from Settle to Orton. Time
for a rethink.
was then that Bryan came to the rescue.
“I’m doing a recce for the Kendal
and you’re welcome to join us if you like.”
By “us” he meant him plus Janet and
Derek, fellow members of the Kendal
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday 4th August 2021
Kevin, Bryan, Stan, Janet, Tony