Tuesday 10 May 2011

Walk 53
3m 1000' ascent
Time Taken 95 minutes

197. Souther Fell 1713'

Route taken by Phil (G4OBK) Judy (XYL) and friend Geoff on 10th May 2011

An easy walk and short ascent on our last day of a short break staying at Keswick Country House Hotel. We were to activate Souther Fell LDW-163 from the Mill Inn at Mungrisdale.
I had weighed up this summit and decided that adding it to the Blencathra round to be completed  in July would be too much, so we decided to have a leisurely day, bag Souther Fell (watching out for the legendary ghosts of Roman Centurions on the summit - none were seen) before returning to the Mill Inn where we had permission to park our cars.   
It took 40 minutes to reach the summit, and within 20 minutes we were leaving, arriving back at the pub at 1150am for an early lunch. 
The first contact was with Julian G4ILO, the founder who conceived Wainwrights On The Air in March 2009. Julian had taken a trip up Gowbarrow Fell LDW-181 from his home in Cockermouth and as this was less than six miles away from Souther Fell he was extremely strong. 
Judy & Phil on Souther Fell LDW-163 for Wainwrights On The Air
The take off, despite being at 522m ASL, was not brilliant due to the higher surrounding fells, however we did work as far south as Lancaster into the receiver of Sue G1OHH and also to Colin G4UXH, who we were to visit later that day  when we called at his house in Milnthorpe on our way back to Yorkshire. 
After a pleasant hour and a cuppa with Colin we finished off our trip in Richmond were we treated ourselves to some new walking boots from the Altberg Boots Factory Shop. Judy purchasing a pair of the Tetheras and me a pair of the Mallerstangs.   Writing this many moons after the activation of May 2010 - we have been delighted with the Altberg boots.  

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