I know, I know. The suspense has been killing you. Did I despite the already available pictorial evidence, fail to see sunrise on Nicky Nook? Here is my story...
My Mum has asked me not to talk about Nicky Nook. I am going to ignore her request (sorry, Mum!) because the reason she wants me not to talk about Nicky Nook is that she fears that if I blog about it then a whole legion of avid fans of mine will descend upon the place and spoil it for all the people who currently go there.
Believe me, Mum, not that many people read my blog. And those that do are unlikely to make the trek up north just to go for a walk up a fairly small hill.
Just how big is Nicky Nook anyway? You know compared to the other major mountains of the British Isles.
Well, according to this map, Nicky Nook is 215. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that is probably 215 metres above sea level because if it's only 215 feet then I am even more feeble than I thought.
The nearest of the UK's big mountains is Scafell Pike in the Lake District. Scafell Pike is 978m high. This explains why I nearly died when I went up there with my mum years and years ago and why I did not die going up Nicky Nook.
From Nicky Nook you can see across Morecambe Bay to the Lake District. You can't see Scafell Pike but you can see some big hills.
In the middle of this picture, for example, you can see what Google Earth semi-reliably informs me is Black Combe. Well, actually in the middle of this picture you can see Heysham Power Station. This is a nuclear power station and is one of the reasons why, in my childhood, I was convinced that I would see a nuclear holocaust within my lifetime. Every time planes screeched overhead I was convinced it was the beginning of World War Three.
But it wasn't.
Honestly, look at the state of this fellow! If he isn't post-apocalyptic I don't know what is.
Anyway, Nicky Nook and the hills around it loomed over my childhood in a way that Heysham Power Station didn't i.e. in a nice way. Except when I was a child I could think of nothing worse than going for a walk up a hill with my mum and dad. Actually, that should probably read 'when I was a teenager'. When you're a teenager there are better things to do than hanging around with the old folks, right kids? Yeah, whatevs.
Now that I am old I suddenly feel the urge to go walking up hills just to show that I can still do it. And before I went up north I was angsting about how I was going to counteract the inevitable over-eating that would arise from me not being at home. (Inevitable?? I can't believe I still haven't changed my over-eating mindset)
So my plan was to walk up Nicky Nook, amongst other exercise. I set off crazily early on Sunday morning, knowing that my parents would be at church and so I would need to kill some time before they got home. So I drove for 4 and a half hours to Lancashire, leapt out of my car and practically ran up Nicky Nook. Practically in every sense except for running of course. And even the speed I went up the hill left me in the state you see in that video.
It was so lovely up there that I decided I was going to try to catch the sunrise on top of Nicky Nook. I was there for 2 more days so it would make pretty good exericise on each day.
But on the next morning it was really overcast, so although I went up the hill, I didn't see the sunrise...
But maybe I would manage it the next day...?
Hi, I'm Andy, serial weight gainer. My year of dieting is over! But you can still give money to Shelter or the PDSA!