A birthday treat! Up Eel Crag (Crag Hill) 2,753 feet, via the Shelf Route. The shelf route as Wainwright puts it “adds a little thrill to the climb”, he also goes on to say that “ladies in ankle length skirts may find odd places a little troublesome”…..I suppose he did write this book in 1963, but I am surprised that anyone in a skirt would attempt to hoik themselves up this route, however exhilarating.
Flo is really getting the hang of the mountains and managed to navigate her way up the precarious ascent of Eel Crag way ahead of us. Certainly thrilling…..providing an excellent spot for birthday butties (ham and mustard).
The disused mine at Force Cragg, has a long history of mining lead, zinc and barytes, also known as barium sulphate….so in a link to pottery, some of the main constituents of popular glazes could have been extracted from this area.