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My blog nick-name is SIR HUGH. I'm not from the aristocracy - my middle name is Hugh which relates to the list of 282 hills in Scotland compiled by Sir Hugh Munro in 1891. I climbed my last one (Sgurr Mor) on 28th June 2009


Friday, 12 June 2020

Scout Hill summit (and statues)

Thursday 11th June 2020 (Day 78 of Lockdown) - Scout Hill (tarn and summit) - (SD 563 826) 

Blogger Dashboard is this blog's backroom where posts are composed, and statistics of page views are recorded on a Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Annual and All Time basis. The source of page views has always been a mystery to me but I'm pretty sure most of them arise from search engines and intrusive entities such as Google and others rather than individuals searching for information on a particular subject.

In the top two places at the moment by a fair margin are:

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Neither of these posts, as far as I can perceive, contain anything subversive or refer to organising oneself as a terrorist or anything else that would attract thousands to investigate.

Perhaps the words "owl's egg" from this post may qualify it for promotion to pole position?

My last post mentioned my non-visit to the summit of Scout Hill and my intention to return to see the little tarn marked just below.

I had a mental picture of a  bowl of water intriguingly unseen until breasting the rim, nestling in a hollow with enchanting ripples reflecting the sunlight and perhaps the odd bird on the water to enhance my photography: somewhere to spend some time pondering on the meaning of life and the nature of the Universe.

The approach was as attractive as my visit the other day.

I have now gone back to the Panasonic TZ80 after having its sensor cleaned and at last got to grips with the macro function. The first chance to capitalise was the broken bird's egg on the path. It is possibly from a barn owl and if so out of context in the middle of a field, so I conclude it was dropped there by a predator.

My next victim was a bee, or is it a wasp, getting its pollen fix on a dog rose. I understand there are hundreds of different species of bees in the UK and of course I would be chuffed if this turned out to be a rare one - identification please.

I had to leave my previous path to head for the summit. Some toing and froing followed through a band of gorse trying to follow sheep trods. The terrain was undulating and as expected the tarn only appeared, as I was hoping, only when I was close and topping out on the final undulation.

It appeared as a filthy looking overgrown marsh surrounded by a feeble, droopy, third-rate fence and could have been more at home as a millpond in the backyard of some derelict mill leftover in redundant industrial Lancashire.

Looking at the skyline I could se Scout hHill had three summit areas. Away to the left what looks like a prominent standing stone, and in the centre a building and telecoms mast installation, and away to the right the trig point sitting a little higher and commanding the best view. I visited all three and soaked up the full three hundred and sixty degree views - some compensation for the non-doing tarn.


Identification (of insect) please. PLEASE CLICK TO ENLARGE

Some may argue it is saved by the view?

The trig is on the hill to the right of the masts. Not as far away as it looks



My thoughts are uttered and substantiated by an exchange with Alan on his blog:

Sir Hugh said...
An important record I think and super photos. One wonders about all the statues especially where philanthropy and noble actions clash with more dubious activity. I think they should stay but with more informative well constructed cast plaques attached detailing the bad along with the good. It is wrong to airbrush history.

Good to hear from you both - best wishes.
AlanR said...
Hi Conrad. Sheila said it all yesterday. History is not one of her favourite subjects but she said its been a good day and I've learnt so much. History cannot be erased. It will always come back. For me i find the whole statue protest a pathetic waste of public money at a time that the economy is struggling. Statues were mainly paid for by public funding, so some people have short memories. What WE are led to believe is that it was the white people who were wrong and black people persecuted. Yes, but what about all the very rich black organisers on the west coast of Africa who did the majority of the kidnapping. As i said earlier, history cannot be erased. There may be a civil war if Baden Powell statue goes. Rant over. 


  1. B-P apparently favoured the Hitler Youth, may even have chatted to its eponymous hero about the organisation ("I'd go for a different kind of hat, if I were you."). You wonder just how deep his studies went, Were there no misgivings? This mens sana in corpore sano stuff is all very well but the brain does get time off from causing the legs and arms to work; some people even use it to think. But perhaps the cold baths were sufficient discouragement.

  2. RR - Of the examples of character swings between good deeds and contribution to human misery BP's is the most puzzling I have come across during the current debate. There has to be an element of trying to see things within the perspective of the time of the happenings and with BP I would like to see as much detailed record as is available - so far I only have hearsay, not that I doubt the bare bones of what has been said. You rightly ask the question about misgivings and the answer would be of great interest - he lived until January 1941 so he must have been aware of the evil nature of what was going on but without further research we don't know if he had anything to say about it. After all, in recent times there have been many who fervently supported a certain blustering, apparently mentally unstable bully boy and have since rejected that allegiance or at least have gone very quiet.

    My own experience of being in the Scouts was life changing an it would be impossible to evaluate the global influence for good that this organisation has had and still does - the world would have been poorer without it.

    I will of course keep taking the cold baths.

    By the way I bailed out of the Scouts at age about sixteen when I was being pressed to become a Rover Scout which would have involved a church initiation whch frightened the hell out of me.

  3. PS from me - I have just read the Wiki entry for BP which indicates that BP's interest in Fascism was in the early days before WW2. He said he had read Mein Kampfe which had some good ideas "which Hitler did not follow." There is evidence that BP became anti-Nazi later on. Those who have knee-jerk reactions to unfounded hearsay should read more deeply.

  4. Your insect is a hoverfly. Possibly Helophilus Trivittatus, but there are around 250 British species and they aren't easy to distinguish.