31st. October 2019 - lanes from Lupton Church (SD 568 808)
This walk was on the Thursday before my fireworks post above.
Pete and wife Elizabeth have driven BMW cars for many years. Recently they downsized from an X3 to an X1. Both Pete and Liz are perhaps below average height and they have found that even with seats adjusted to full height the sun visors are still too high. That is something BMW may wish to address. Car manufacturers are probably scratching their heads to add new attractions and running out of ideas? My Kia has a headlamp addition that shines sideways when I go round a corner with no benefit whatsoever as far as I can see.
At Café Ambio last week Pete was telling me about the sun visors and I searched Amazon for sun visor extenders. As I share an Amazon Prime account with my daughter I can buy from Amazon with next day delivery and free postage and I ordered a pair (one left one right) and so delivered them when I went to pick up Pete for our walk. I have since learned that fitting was easy and appearance in keeping with the luxury of the car and functionality satisfactory. I GOT IT DONE! Which is more than can be said for our unelected pm who has, thankfully so far, failed to do so.
Our default nowadays is for narrow unfrequented lanes which can give parking problems at our starting point. Today modest Lupton church had parking adjacent and off we went after a brief look inside the church. Our lane had views of Scout Hill to the left. I ascended that hill in November 2010 when I was visiting the trig points on our local OS sheet - I seem to remember not being impressed, but today, with cloudless blue sky it looked inviting.
I have noticed recently, as with Scout Hill here, some OS trig heights have an additional height shown in brackets and have discovered from OS:
"If one height is shown by a trig pillar symbol, it is that of the base of the trig pillar. If a second is shown in brackets it is that of the highest point of the hill."
We had extensive views to the Barbon Hills and the northern dales on the other side of our lane. I took a photo of a grotesquely windswept tree, testament to wild weather which must be a regular feature up here, but not today. On our return leg I captured the tree from the lower road as a silhouette and converted it into a black and white arty effort.
Back at Café Ambio we had a disappointment. Café tables and chairs are the norm here but in one corner there is a pair of comfortable leather upholstered settees which we nearly always commandeer. Today somebody was sitting in OUR place - oh dear! But, they have a new chef and our seating anxiety was assuaged by cakes even improved on previous excellence.
|Modest Lupton church - 1867|
|Distorted tree - see arty shot taken from the lane below on our return|
|We often see old quarries like this now overtaken by nature - this probably supplied the stone for the church|
|Scout Hill - two trig heights: 284m and (285m.) - the latter being the hill's highest point according to Ordnance Survey|
|Lupton House (I think - not Lupton Hall) On close inspection it looks like the hammer that has had a new handle and a new head|