I hadn't really realised it, but doing Top o' Selside as an afternoon summit,
after the early Claife Heights G/LD-053
made for a relatively long and tiring day on Saturday 18th April 2009.
Especially with us electing to take the longer, more graded walk-in from the
I would expect that most people park and approach from Dodgson Wood, but we
decided to commence from the village of High Nibthwaite. We were lucky, as there
is only space to park two cars in the village, and one space remained. We were
soon on our way along the by-way, which certainly wasn't driveable!
This was a long walk-in, but pleasant as it was very graded as it climbed above
Coniston Water on this glorious Saturday afternoon. Eventually, Jimmy was able
to announce that we had reached the point at which to turn right - SD303916.
From here, there was suddenly some steeper ascending to be done, but in terms of
distance we were virtually upon the summit, which was attained within minutes.
Jimmy plonked himself and his rucksack with RSS on the large summit cairn. I
dropped a little lower onto a flatter patch to set up the Magic Moggy. And the
cat purred on this summit, with USA (W), Israel (4Z) and Sardinia (IS0)
supplementing the more standard fayre of UR, OK, S5, 9A, RA and HA. Over on 2m
FM, Jimmy enjoyed a bumper run of 17 QSOs. Soup of the day was Moroccan
spicy chickpea and lentil.
In order to complete the descent in as quick a time as possible, I sent Jimmy
and Liam on ahead, while I packed up all the gear. They must have been 80% of
the distance back to the car by the time I caught them up. And the timely
descent would now reap rewards, for we were at the car bang on 6pm - the
deadline for ordering a hostel evening meal. I 'phoned High Close YH, and was
delighted to hear that I was just in time to place an order.
Thanks to the following callers: