I had spotted a rock sculpture earlier in the year on Honister,
but it was soon after the start of a longer walk so didn't divert
across to explore it in detail.
Today I decided to take the dogs on a walk to the same area once
in order to investigate what I had seen and hopefully get a few
more detailed pictures.
My starting point was the National Trust car park at Honister
The weather was dry and these guys were busy taking their own
whilst I was photographing the fells behind them.
These are the Honister Crags with the mine road that climbs up
to Dubbs Quarries.
The orange, single decker bus is carrying clients across to start
an underground mine tour
or perhaps a 'via ferrata' climb across the face of the crags.
In the spring I took this picture of a rock window on top of
a slate heap. I didn't realise the importance of it
but subsequent discussions on Facebook and the like talked of
several that has suddenly appeared across the Lakes.
A 'Banksy of the Fells' had been at work . . . today I have chance
to re-visit and take a few close up photos.
To find it there's a bit of a climb up the Dale Head path from
the mine complex.
As I gained height the northern end of Buttermere
appears around the side of the crags.
In the distance is the start of Crummock Water
and distant Blake Fell, part of the Loweswater fell group.
I hadn't really made a note of how far up the
fell the rock window actually was,
so my initial enthusiastic pace has slowed slightly
as I continue the climb up from the hause.
I'm sure it was here somewhere ?
The path continues and I follow another couple
ever closer towards Dale Head.
Hang on though . . . there's something on the
slate heap to the left.
Looking back as I cross the fence line and make
my way over to the rock structure.
Yes . . . this was the window . . . but sadly
it has fallen or collapsed due to the hand of man
or the effect of the weather in this rather exposed
Time is not exactly at a premium this afternoon
so I had a go at re-building it.
Using only the materials around me I make a stone
scaffolding to prop up the structure as I attempt a rebuilding
of the round arch.
As I started to remove the inner slates the structure
started to wobble . . . so I grabbed a quick photo of my work.
Sadly my amateur efforts failed as the flattened
arch was structurally unstable and removing the last support brought
it crashing down.
I tried unsuccessfully a second time (no photos)
but I really needed a wooden former the shape of the hole to make
the rebuilding easier.
Full marks to the original artist who built it
. . . it takes more skill than I seem to have exhibited today.
Maybe I'll return soon to have another go ?
The dogs had been very patient as I "played"
with the stones,
so it was time to move on and allow them a little
more mountain exercise.
I made my way across to explore more of the Yew
This was an old workman's hut alongside one of
the open workings.
Down the slope now, avoiding the obvious pit-falls
An open quarry with an overhanging rock chasm.
Difficult to say whether this was a quarry or
a collapsed addit close to the surface.
Down to one of the more substantial buildings
found amongst the workings.
My unplanned route found me across at the top
of the inclined slope where there is an old winding drum
and a collapsed pylon that once would have supported
an elevated cable.
the Yew Crag Incline.
Elsewhere a short rail
emerges from an underground addit.
Time to be heading down, so I make my way back
towards the fence in order to rejoin the Dale Head path.
A fine almost aerial view down on the road as
it climbs Honister Pass.
Take care if you head over here as the slates
are loose and slippery in the wet . . . and it's a long way down
Much more solid ground now as the dogs and I cross
back towards the fence.
Almost back to where I started.
The car park is full of visitors and the bus is
lining up for another journey, taking folk up to the mine.
My personal transport will be taking me home in
a few minutes once the dogs are safely back in the car.
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