BB2140 : In Search Of A Handsome Man

Thursday 16th December 2021

My car had to go in for its MOT so TV Mike, John and I started walking from the outskirts of Kendal, northwards across spooky, misty fields and weird creatures to reach the Potter Fell Road.  

Here we hoped to meet Tony.  Not surprisingly, he was in danger of taking a very idiosyncratic route but thanks to there being a phone signal we were able to guide him and his car successfully to the start of the Gurnal Dubbs track.

Timings were critical as we had subsequently to meet a Handsome Man but, even allowing for the slight delay, we were only 5 minutes behind schedule at this point.

Made good time up the hill, sufficient to spend time looking at the Taggleshaw boundary plaque (see BB1621 ) then take the normal detour round the far side of the Dubbs. Always a delight.  Well, nearly always!  

Very atmospheric views as we dropped down to the Potter Tarn dam, our lunch stop.

Down the hill....

..... to the River Kent at Hagg Foot then the Cowan Head Mill conversion.

Had we not spent too long looking at this , we would have reached that Handsome Man on time outside the Handsome Brewery where he, Stephen, was chatting to the barrelmen.

 Sadly, the Handsome bar was not open so we had to continue along the riverbank.

Back at Kendal, Mike and I then had to walk what seemed a surprisingly long way back to the Suzuki Garage.  Fortunately the car had passed its MOT and we were able to drive home.  I don't think I could have coped with another four miles!

Meanwhile, John volunteered to take Tony and Stephen to find their abandoned cars.  Or did the Handsome Man persuade the brewery named after him to open its doors for them?  If so, they are keeping it very quiet.

Don, Thursday 16th December 2021
Thanks to Tony for several of the photos

 Comitibus:  John, Mike, Stephen, Don, Tony






Farewell Graham

We were saddened to learn of the death of one of colleagues, Graham. 

He was a regular in the early days of BOOTboys until the long term effect of fell running and mountain climbing took its toll on his knees.   Thereafter he was only able to join us on our gentler outings and our year-end celebrations.

Graham was also a keen photographer.  In 1998 he featured on the Davina McCall TV program “Don’t Try This At Home” in which he was to climb to Everest Base Camp with an ITV cameraman.  However, the photographer succumbed to altitude sickness so Graham took over the duties of filming himself- an early pioneer of the adventurer talking to camera in his bivouac out in the wilds.

More recently he turned to black and white and then to pinhole cameras.  He had an exhibition of such photos taken at Levens Hall and subsequently published a pictorial history of the coast of Cumbria seen through a pinhole camera:  Sea to the West.

You can see more of his work on his website Allscape Images.

His sudden death has been shock to us.  Farewell Graham.  Who could ever forget your skinny-dipping exploits in Angle Tarn on BB0407?!

SeptuaJohnarian Celebration

On a much happier note we were delighted to celebrate John's entry into his eighth decade recently.  Had it not been a foul day, it would have been after-walk jubilations at the Tap Brewery in Kendal.  As you might expect, we didn't let the rain put us off pints and pizza even if we didn't walk.  Thank you John for your hospitality.


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Route:  Map: OS 1:50k



BB2140 : In Search Of A Handsome Man


Thursday 16th December 2021


Gurnal Dubbs, Potter Tarn


Don, John, Mike T, Stephen, Tony

Distance in miles (Garmin):

11.4 (max)

Height climbed in feet (MM):


GPX track


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