After years of hesitation – is it making the bothy too comfortable? – we have installed a stove at Warnscale Head.
Five of us met at Honister Slate Mine on the morning of Friday 24th June, and by lunchtime on Saturday it was installed and tested. The photos below tell the story.
The stove itself is a `Hybrid’ from Dowlings, custom-built for the bothy. It is multi-fuel, has a robust metal door instead of glass – but burns well when open for those who like to see what’s going on – and has a top large enough to take a kettle or pan. Michelle and Joe at Honister Slate Mine were again very helpful, with both transport to Dubs Hut and finding us a beautiful 75 cm square slate for the hearth. The hearthstone’s only fault was being almost too heavy for the carry-in, which was only achieved by press-ganging a couple of passing walkers (thanks, David and Colin).
Particular thanks are due to Paul Ratigan and his father Colum – who came all the way from Wicklow – for their expertise with the stove-fitting. Many thanks also to Peter Popham and Daisy Mollison.
A final pleasant surprise just before we left was to welcome Paddy Buckley and his friend Dianne Wall. Paddy is best known for his hill-running, but also has a long association with bothies; he recommended Kearvaig to me in 1973, a spark that led to its adoption by the MBA a decade later – around the same time that we renovated Warnscale Head.