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#51151 - 22/09/09 10:55 AM Re: BeckFoot - Grayrigg: beware the electric fence [Re: Slogger]
Calluna Offline
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Registered: 09/01/09
Posts: 248
Loc: Wirral
Guess what - I got zapped. I didn't spot it, it was as Daphne said on top of an existing very good wire fence. 2 other walkers also touched it within an hour of me. It is actually to the right hand side of the style and the rubber end is very hard to spot.......especially when you have had a very tiring day. I had not slept much the night before as my room at the B&B was like a sauna, I then got half a mile before I remembered that I had not packed all my clothes and had to go back to Sedbergh again for them.
Oh - I also got a bit off track after Beckfoot. Mental tiredness does not make for good map reading skills blush

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#51155 - 22/09/09 03:42 PM Re: BeckFoot - Grayrigg: beware the electric fence [Re: Calluna]
Lounge Lizard Offline
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Registered: 07/05/06
Posts: 2013
Loc: Stafford
Originally Posted By: Calluna
Guess what - I got zapped. I didn't spot it, it was as Daphne said on top of an existing very good wire fence. 2 other walkers also touched it within an hour of me. It is actually to the right hand side of the style and the rubber end is very hard to spot.......especially when you have had a very tiring day. I had not slept much the night before as my room at the B&B was like a sauna, I then got half a mile before I remembered that I had not packed all my clothes and had to go back to Sedbergh again for them.
Oh - I also got a bit off track after Beckfoot. Mental tiredness does not make for good map reading skills blush

Next time take a large paper clip and fix the electric fence to the "existing very good wire fence" which should either short circuit it or reduce the voltage.

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#51156 - 22/09/09 03:46 PM Re: BeckFoot - Grayrigg: beware the electric fence [Re: Calluna]
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Registered: 26/04/07
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Loc: Leicester
Hmm I've been contemplating either the Dales Way of Hadrian's Wall in October but that's 2 reports of fields of mud and/or shit now on the former. Suddenly doesn't seem so tempting. Is it like that all over? I've been doing the Leicestershire round (crap walk, but close to my home) and that's mainly dry, hard, rutted fields. No submerged ankles, just twisted ones.

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#51174 - 23/09/09 06:26 AM Re: BeckFoot - Grayrigg: beware the electric fence [Re: Calluna]
Bliss 60 Offline
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Registered: 02/05/07
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Loc: Birmingham
A pair of pliers (insulated) is what's called for.

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#51175 - 23/09/09 07:26 AM Re: BeckFoot - Grayrigg: beware the electric fence [Re: Bliss 60]
Kate's Dad Offline
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Steve in Leicester - we found the Dales Way OK, but no more than that. It's a long distance walk, but not a challenging walk. We did it late July/early August last year and despite having rain on every day didn't encounter any significant mud. After the Dales Way we went straight to the Cumbria Way which, although shorter, we found much better.

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#51180 - 23/09/09 09:05 AM Re: BeckFoot - Grayrigg: beware the electric fence [Re: Kate's Dad]
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Steve in Leicester - I think it was more muddy than usual. Even though we had a week of good weather (apart from the day from Buckden to Cowgill)it had rained a lot for the 2 weeks before. The muddiest bits were on the Sedbergh to Burneside section, plus very bad bog around the Cam Houses area. Like Kate's Dad I only found the walk o.k. Won't be in any rush to do it again. I did enjoy the day from Burnsall to Buckden, best day of the walk in my opinion.....especially walking towards Conistone Pie and looking down onto the Wharfe valley.

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#51181 - 23/09/09 09:09 AM Re: BeckFoot - Grayrigg: beware the electric fence [Re: Bliss 60]
Calluna Offline
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Registered: 09/01/09
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Loc: Wirral
Originally Posted By: Bliss 60
A pair of pliers (insulated) is what's called for.


I really wish I had a pair on me.
One of the other walkers reckoned that it was connected to a bell in the farmhouse, and every time a walker gets a shock the bell would ring giving the farmer a good laugh!

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#51203 - 23/09/09 07:55 PM Re: BeckFoot - Grayrigg: beware the electric fence [Re: Calluna]
Slogger Offline
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Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 2893
Loc: West Lancs.
Ive done the Dales way many times, it is a lovely route, and that comes from someone who relishes rugged rocky mountain areas, getting off the path and searching for ways to summits through Gully's and sharp ridges.
When it has been very wet ALL fields anywhere can be very muddy, and there are electric fences all over the country, waiting to zap anyone not taking enough care. I have never had any of these problems on the Dales Way, but I have on other routes. To make the Dales Way sound as though it is more prone to these things than anywhere else is unfair, and is untrue.
Dave.

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#51211 - 24/09/09 09:58 AM Re: BeckFoot - Grayrigg: beware the electric fence [Re: Slogger]
Calluna Offline
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Registered: 09/01/09
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Loc: Wirral
Apologies if that was the way it came across to you Slogger. I was just giving a truthful assessment of how the walk conditions were at that time. I'm sure that other trails are just as muddy after the rain that had been leading up to it. The scenery was lovely and will explore Howgill fells a bit more having been impressed with my first viewing of them.

I cannot compare it with other walks at the moment as I have only done a couple of trails so far. If I did do it again think I would fancy doing it the other way round - and after a dry spell smile I'm sure there will always be favourites and walks people don't enjoy as much.

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#51216 - 24/09/09 12:32 PM Re: BeckFoot - Grayrigg: beware the electric fence [Re: Calluna]
SteveInLeicester Offline
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Registered: 26/04/07
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Loc: Leicester
Whether a walk or trail is a good one is very subjective. However some areas do get more rain than others, and the effects of rain can be different, depending on the terain. As I mentioned earlier, I live in Leicestershire, where the fields are very dry and rutted. That makes for almost as uncomfortable walking as the mud described by Calluna.

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