Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Rocky Place

Did you have a special place you visited as a kid? We did. In fact, we had a few. My parents were no fools; not for us were the arcades of Blackpool or Morecambe, and their temptations to take your money for slots that were stacked against you and piles of ice cream, no way. We would spend Sundays at local beauty spots in the "area of outstanding natural beauty" beyond Quernmore and towards the wilder moors.
For my Dad's birthday weekend we took a stroll down Nostalgia Way with a clamber up this outcrop on Littledale Road between the Scout camp and Quernmore. The view and the light were magnificent on Sunday, something magical and special, it rekindled memories of childhood and adventure and quite how loved we were as kids. I still can't find a name for it though, so we still just call it The Rocky Place.


Malcolm Evans said...

Its official name is Baines Crag. There's a decent short rock climb up the highest buttress and a few boulder problems further to the right. It's smooth but still abrasive gritsone - I know, there's still a lump of scar tissue where I caught a knuckle 40 years ago during my first ever abseil.

Michael Taylor said...

Wow. Cheers Malcolm. There's a wonderful photographic travelogue here: http://www.wainwright-wanderings.co.uk/w0141.htm from Edith and David Brown.

The Lakeland hills we could spot in the distance included Coniston Old Man, last summer's conquest.

Thanks, Michael