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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Funny shaped bottles

My father was not strong on advice to his three sons. He was a bon viveur loving his fine wines, Havana cigars and good food. The one recommendation we all three remembered was,

“Always choose something on the menu you’ve not had before, and never drink anything out of funny shaped bottles”

Last night I was well entertained to an excellent meal by Gimmer who comments here and his wife B. Our conversation had me repeating, I suspect for the umpteenth time, the above anecdote. Father's dictum was well supported by B who produced a strange looking and unfamiliar bottle of a digestive originating from I know not where - B had been given it as a present by a “friend.”

I was going to taste, but first I had a sniff- it was exactly like the smell at a motorway service station after a half hearted attempt to clean the toilets. I proceeded no further. Father’s case rests.


Thanks T and B for your hospitality, super food and a very convivial evening.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Woodman Lane from the Highwayman

Thursday 12th July 2018 -  walk with Pete

As I become more conscious of plotting routes that are comfortable for Pete I started looking at the profile facility in Memory Map and quickly discarded a couple of possibilities which seemed to show lots of steep ascent, although I had not read that from the contours.

It is only as I messed with the map for this post I realised the profiles can be whatever you want just by stretching their boxes - here are two extremes for this walk:

We have now had two or three weeks with hot sunshine and no rain. This morning I looked at the BBC weather app and it predicted thunder and lightning at precisely 6:00pm -  similar predictions have been remarkably accurate of late, but that would be no problem for us as we are finished by 4:00pm.

We have often eaten well at the Highwayman from where Woodman Lane departs. I asked permission to park and conscientiously put the car at the far end of the large car park on its own. 

We walked and chuntered in oppressive heat and humidity - our lane mostly nestled between high  hedges giving us only occasional ripples of the faint wind.

Rest Harrow Equestrian looked impressive - a newly built complex for horsey people with an unbelievable list of facilities including:

  • "A Hot Water Horse wash and shower bay"
  • "Horse Solarium"

and many other features redolent of a luxury spa for ladies.

If I were a horse I would want my owner to have me stabled there .

See their website:

The strange thing was that despite the vast amount of investment that must have been made here there seemed to be absolutely nothing going on.

At Overtown we found a welcome bench and sat for a while and then decided to return before we had reached Cowan Bridge. There is an interesting network of paths around here which may provide more pleasant walking for me later, along with investigation of the strange perfect circle shown on the OS map (see map below.)

Back at the Highwayman, despite having parked at the most remote part of the car park another car had parked close on the passenger side, and another so close on the driver's side of my car I could hardly open my door and only managed to get in with a huge amount of squeezing and difficulty. There were many double and treble open parking spaces all over the carpark. My goodness - I was so angry. If I had been a paying customer at the pub I think I would have  gone in and identified this prat with a likely fisticuffs outcome.

As I dropped Pete off at Storth where he joins his wife from her painting class, dark broody clouds  threatened over the bay but the thunder and lightning didn't materialise, but as I type this at ten next morning rain has started, albeit a bit feeble, but welcome for the garden and wildlife.


That is a transparent sign.
 The purpose of a sign is to inform.
Although obviously modish this sign fails to achieve its objective;  it is difficult to read.
 Another masterpiece of the designer's art.

My caption: loud and clear:

Ingleborough looms

Looks compatible with Rest Harrow Equestrian?

Strange looking cairn at the end of the footings of a drystone wall - bit of a mystery

Identification of the white stuff please - I've seen it before.
 One for BeatingTheBounds

Our turning point

One seems able to see Ingleborough from so many locations

Andy Goldsworthy - 1 ( Mountjoy)

Wednesday 11th July 2018

Andy Goldsworthy is an artist who refurbished, and or re-built, a number of sheepfolds scattered about the north a number of years ago ostensibly to produce a work of art - they seem to be referred to as "installations." I suggest Google if you want to learn more.

All this, having been brought to my attention by friends The Kendal Grufties who comment here, I decided to visit some of these forty five venues periodically, although I am not motivated to take this too seriously or urgently, so perhaps my visits will only appear from time to time.

1. Mountjoy Farm Folds - Underbarrow, nr. Kendal -  SD 459 933 and SD 459 935

Two folds in opposite corners of the same field. A feature common to some of these installations is a large boulder inside the installation, so I suspect these are new constructions built round the boulder rather than historic sheepfolds refurbished. It seems strange that there was only a stile entrance and no provision for sheep to enter?

On the way, rounding a bend, I was jolted by this blaze of colour and stopped the car in the middle of the road and snapped this through the windscreen

Number 1a.
A stone stile in the wall is located at the far corner where there are two lighter coloured stones on the wall.
That was the location from where the next photo is taken.

number 1b.

Looking back at 1a in context of the location

N.b. only entrance is hardly suitable for sheep?

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Andy Goldsworthy installations

Kendal Grufries are friends I recently met on a walk in Kentmere and they have commented on a post I made several weeks ago and I thought this may be of interest to others, so I am bringing it up to date here;

kendal grufties has left a new comment on the post "Lord's Lot or Winster Valley - 3": 

Ok, this is a bit tardy, but it's a while since we cycled that way...
We sometimes take the road between Underbarrow and Crook, which passes east of Lord's Lot. I've often been tempted by a permissive path on the LHS which starts opposite Mountjoy Farm just at the north end of the woods, but it isn't marked on our map. It leads to "tree stone folds", and I've only just discovered that this is an Andy Goldsworthy installation, a great description of which can be found at (page entitled "growing trees from stone").
I don't know the route the path takes, or whether it coincided with your walking route, but next time we get a chance, I intend to park the bikes there and try to follow the path (knee permitting, and I'll send you an update on that by email sometime soon, so as not to bore your other readers!).

Oh dear! I have looked at the Andy Goldsworthy site and it's another list! There are 45 rebuilt sheepfolds scattered all over, complete with OS grid references. I'll leave you now, I've got some plotting to do!

By the way, Kendal Grufties, I have replied to your original comment re-directing you here. Please continue to comment on the blog as much as possible, and use email only if the content is not relevant to the blog. Comments are diminishing these days, and they are the food that keep bloggers nourished and motivated to continue.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Leck 2

Thursday 5th July 2018 - Thursday walk with Pete - From Leck

In  February I walked this route the other way round  in the rain:

Today in contrast was well into our current summer heatwave. Pete had his eighty something birthday on Wednesday, and whilst he still walks well up to four miles on Tarmac he is unsteady on rougher ground, and this route included a kilometre and a half of fairly rough track, and I shouldn't really have selected it for Pete. Temperature was in the high twenties and I was thankful to just plod along at Pete's steady pace - he was using walking poles which he says make a huge difference.

Not far from the start Jubilee Cottage features, bearing a stone inscribed plaque above the door, now almost unreadable but Internet searching interprets:

"This school for girls was erected by the surviving sisters of R H Welch Esq in memory of him, and in aid of his designs for the improvement of education. 1847".

This website:

for the nearby C of E school in Leck produced the following:

In 1845 a girls' school was started in what is now Jubilee Cottage, next to the Church. The boys were in the building, which is now the Infants room, which was in existence before 1857. Later the girl’s school became the Infant School (mixed). On 19 August1931 they became an Infant and Junior School only and senior pupils went to Burton-in- Lonsdale School. In 1938 the infants and juniors were taught together. The junior classroom was built in 1960 and the school became Leck St Peter's Infant/Junior C E School. In 1968 Tunstall School closed and children were admitted to Leck School. Jubilee Cottage is now a private residence.

If you read the full link it is apparent that this school had some tenuous connection with the school at Cowan Bridge attended by the Bronte sisters which is of interest to me having completed the Bronte Way walk along with Bowland Climber only a few weeks ago.

Considering that extract was written by somebody with an educational qualification, it is woefully unclear and difficult to understand exactly what happened where and when, and the mention, not included here, of the connection with the School at Cowan Bridge is equally obfuscated. I'm not that bothered or interested but I do derive amusement from unearthing stuff like this from observations on a walk, especially when unexpected connections occur, and there's more from the next discovery.

Further down the road a fenced track, not part of our route, leads off to the north-east across archetypal English parkland to partly reveal Leck Hall mostly hidden by large trees - another opportunity for research.

Leck Hall turns out to be the residence of Baron Shuttleworth -  Charles Geoffrey Nicholas Kay-Shuttleworth, 5th Baron ShuttleworthKGKCVO (born 2 August 1948) is a British hereditary peer.

The erstwhile family seat was Gawthorpe Hall at Padiham which was the starting point for our Bronte Way walk mentioned above, another Bronte connection. If you want to know more about the various Barons Shuttleworth whose title inheritances were marred by both world wars look at this link and follow others from there -

I have always had a slight reluctance to repeating walks, preferring to explore new ground, but this little excursion shows that much can be missed the first time. At least, today, we went the other way round. 

Jubilee Cottage

North east across Leck Hall parkland to distant Leck Fell and possibly Whernside

Leck Hall hiding in the trees.
 Just to the right of this photo and further away in the trees we saw a bright light shining - see next photo - it remains a mystery.

The bright light
Overexposed beyond redemption in Photoshop so it remains a mystery

Pete moving uncertainly on the rough stony track, but thankful for some shade

South-west to the Bowland hills

North from our high point after emerging from the stony track.
Right is the cul de sac road leading to Leck Fell, a Mecca for potholers

Why do some trees grow so gnarly?

This is not a public footpath so no complaints.
I had to overexpose in Photoshop to reveal detail of the stile's infill

Anti-clockwise as opposed to my previous visit

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Arnside - Thirteen miles

Monday 25th June - circuit from Arnside

A test to walk a minimum of twelve miles from home.

Objective: to satisfy myself that I can walk twelve miles or so comfortably in a day with a view to resuming my Berwick-upon-Tweed to Castle Carey Walk which was abandoned in April in Weardale after I fell and broke my arm, and again in August when my second knee packed up at Hellifield. 

My diary says I could depart again at the end of July. This time I would try to keep daily distance  to around twelve miles.

The knee is continually improving, and after this walk over mixed terrain with a fair amount of ascent and descent I felt that I could now tackle a multi-day walk, but anyway I will have another month to see further improvement.

This walk measured 13 miles taking 8.25 hours = average speed 1.58 mph. That included three rest/refreshment stops of about ten minutes each, thrashing about in woods off route on two occasions trying to relocate dubious footpaths, a fair amount of navigation because I was on some footpaths near home that I have not previously visited. and I stopped to chat to several people, all of which would likely be part of a normal days backpacking. So that means I could set off around 8:00am and arrive about 4:00pm which would be fine. Also this turned out to be on the hottest day so far this year with temperatures in the high twenties!

The one  thing not factored in was stopping to take photos which was something I didn't bother with being on such familiar territory.

Start/finish, Arnside. Anti-clockwise.
Click to enlarge

Ignore blue route

Friday, 22 June 2018

Paradise Lane

Thursday walk with Pete,  21st June 2018

After moving to Arnside eighteen years ago I enthusiastically explored on foot and by car including a drive down Paradise Lane: over a mile of single track, deeply set between high hedges, grass growing in the middle and only about three iffy passing places, which even if used would risk hawthorn scratches down the car. I vowed never to put myself under that stress of meeting another vehicle on Paradise Lane again. At my age I am a reluctant reverser, I don't trust the gimmick camera, and turning my head is like turning a cross threaded nut. But as my teacher-daughter tells me there is some good in,...well in her case: "all children."

As I scan the map for increasingly obscure new venues to suit our Thursday walks, that is tarmac if possible, and only gentle undulation, and hopefully no traffic, I find the Mac's cursor fancied Paradise Lane - ideal!

At the start,  a modern cast iron sign said we were at the old boundary between  Heversham and Beetham going back to the 1700s - the modern sign seemed to be competing with the extant nearby 1820 cast iron boundary marker which was still in pristine condition after two hundred years, albeit almost buried in the long grass - wow!

The modern sign also boasted of the high hedges with a wide variety of trees and shrubs proving apparently that the lane dates back to the  Middle Ages. Alighting from the car there was a cool breeze, enough for us to don windproof gear, but once in the sunken lane we were protected, but if we stopped, as one does to emphasise a point in one's conversation, horse flies were on the attack.

My expectant prediction of nil traffic was short lived - this was a there and back walk and on Paradise Lane alone we encountered at least three vehicles in each direction - some considerate, and some gung-ho, but forcing us to tiptoe onto the grass and press against the hedge to avoid being scythed by wing mirrors.

The other lanes were not much better in that respect and on one occasion we were nearly ploughed under by a fast moving tractor which showed no indication of slowing to let us re-group ourselves into the side; I suppose ploughing was it's vocation.

There were photo opportunities along the way, and although I have made this sound like The Wall of Death the bits in between provided interesting and attractive country walking.

 The next photo is the medieval country lane with ancient high hedges referred to in this sign,
 and the one after is the two hundred year old boundary sign

Farleton Fell

Another for tractor enthusiast Alan R. I thought there was something unusual about
this one although I don't think it is all that old, but it was on private land and this zoom was as good as I could get.

How many ways are there of hanging a gate?

This is a pretty complex old oak tree, yes it is all the same tree