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Saturday, 29 September 2018

Old Hutton and Peasey Beck

Thursday walk with Pete - 27th September 2018 - Old Hutton

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I have a sort of obsessional aversion to driving on part of the route I have selected before we start, on the grounds that it could spoil the enjoyment of discovering points of interest and views to be gleaned on the walk. But finding somewhere to park on narrow country lanes sometimes makes that inevitable, and so it was today. We had to drive about a third of a kilometre on the B6254 which was part of the short section of that road on our walk. My obsession also extends to objection to a there and back rather than a circular, but Pete has pointed out that you get a different view on the way back, and he has no empathy with my problem, and that has tempered this second obsession for me to some extent, which is fortunate because I have just about run out of circular routes that match our required parameters.

Shortly after our start we passed through tiny Beckside and glancing upstream from the bridge over the infant Peasey Beck we spied a half decent waterfall tantalisingly half hidden in the trees - it was more reminiscent of territory close to the Lakes and a pleasant little surprise, and I was glad that I hadn't noticed beforehand the it is marked on the OS map.

However narrow and purposeless are the little roads that we walk on there is always some traffic these days. We had to get off the road onto uncomfortable grass verges every now and then for passing vehicles. On one very narrow lane we had a tractor-unit pulling a huge, empty low-loader, and as it carried on we saw it confronting a farmer's tractor coming the other way laden with hedge cutting machinery. The tractor skilfully diverted off into a field and so pas de problème, but oh, why didn't I remember to take a photo. As we continued we were walking on a carpet of chopped up multi species of hedge clippings. Apart from a  number of private cars, heading who knows where in view of the very few habitations in the vicinity, we now as always  were plagued by home delivery vans. I can't complain about those because I am as guilty as others of buying on t'Internet.

I have over dramatised to some extent the volume of traffic, but it is becoming more and more noticeable on these little roads. The one exception that we don't object to is the little red Royal Mail van - it usually  passes us somewhere, disappears up a rough farm track, and then passes us again on its way back, always with a friendly wave, and even more emotive today with the passing of Postman Pat's creator John Cunliffe the other day.


Peasey Beck at Beckside and the waterfall

This array of solar panels was far bigger than I could encompass in the photo.
We wondered if it was a private enterprise or one set up by power generating bodies. There were no signs, just high barbed wire fencing and security cameras

I wouldn't want this macabre scene greeting me each morning on my gatepost (if I had such a gatepost)

Taken from my living room window later in the dsy as the sun was setting behind and casting this glow on Farleton Fell and Hutton Roof


  1. I suppose it would depend on whether you considered yourself the eagle (?) or the (mickey ?) mouse ! Would-be eagles might need the reminder to keep practicing eagle-like behaviour in business when common decency seemed to be getting in the way, whilst mice might need the reminder to keep them wary of the predators and raptors all around, eyeing them as potential victims - either way , possibly salutary warnings as they speed off to work their respective wills. Metaphorical , allegorical , mythical - all relevant in the eternal struggle ! Or am I missing something simple and obvious - maybe they are just Disney mick-ups !

  2. We cycled one of these lanes a few weeks ago (can't remember which) en route to Gatebeck, the B road was refreshingly quiet after the Station Inn and we enjoyed the scenery, not having been out that way before. We were on a recce to Fyne Boat Kits, as Mr Grufty has a bit of a yearning to build another dinghy (not Bolger though!) and he can get the materials from the nice lads at Fyne Boats (as long as we take the car next time). Not sure if it will come to anything yet, but we all need a nice winter project to get stuck into - how is the shed coming along?

  3. gommer - perhaps it could be a subconscious allegory for the husband and wife relationship. It looks too lifelike for Disney who is more into anthropomorphism, although the modelling of the mouse is that way biased. I can imagine the scene being used by a good cartoonist with appropriate characterisation to emphasise some political or social goings on.


    kendal grufties - Has Mr G got the plans for the proposed boat. I would be interested. The shed is now insulated and clad including floor insulation and covering plywood. I am now adding trims to the joints of the cladding, and yesterday put in skirting; Internal painting is looming. It will also be advisable to give it a coat of external paint - not looking forward to that. I tend to get a bit messy with paint, and even more so with sealant.

  4. Sounds like you are well on with it. We have the plans ' it's a 12 foot peapod design fron Selway Fisher - a variant on his Swampscott. Trouble is while it would be a fun project to build we're struggling to see how much we would use it subsequently, being already fairly well endowed with various canoes, tenders etc. So it might stay as a pipedream yet, we'll see.

  5. kendal grufties - I just had a browse through Selway fisher's website, which is much improved since I spent time browsing at all things self build boats. The Swampscott looks an attractive design - what would your be using it for?

  6. but which is which ? as you say, maybe a (subconscious) reflection of an uncomfortable reality - mental or physical ?? I cannot imagine the perp putting up with such a public advert - thus almost certainly post hoc the schism. I think it is boasting.

  7. Hi, therein lies the rub, as we both like pretty boats but neither of us is particularly keen on dinghy sailing! (Personally I'd rather windsurf and gear up for a definite dunking, than take the gamble of staying dry in a dinghy beating to windward in gusty conditions). So it would probably be used on lakes or sheltered sea lochs
    for rowing upwind and gracefully gliding downwind under sail, not to mention picnics on islands with grandkids. The other constraint will be our ability to lift it on and off roofbars, which will certainly diminish over the next few years. So it's still in the balance, and could go either way, but there's no rush to decide as it can all be done indoors over winter at any time.
    PS off to see Mr Patel tomorrow!

  8. kendal grufties - perhaps like me you really get more out of building a boat than using it?

    1. Absolutely! Perhaps we should start up a website to match potential boat builders with potential boat buyers then everyone benefits (smiley emoticon).