Nabbing the Nab and Bagging the Alfie
7th November 2007
was to be a very important day. A qualifying day
for the presentations of the Alfies at this year’s Bootboys
it came as rather a shock when I called for Tony at
7:35 this morning to find him still in his nightie and
curlers, looking very much the worse for wear. “Did
you not get my e-mail?” he asked. No I hadn’t
so I was unaware that he had seriously been out on the
pop the night before with his fishing friends, had not
got in until gone midnight and had thought better of
spending the next day in the hills. I did think
about taking a photo of him for the record but thought
it too cruel. My colleagues, it has to be said,
berated me later for this failure, thinking it was no
more than he deserved.
there were only three of us who set off
from the car park by
Martin's Church- the old church
in Martindale- in better than expected weather-
cloud quite high and very good visibility.
Our first objective was Beda Fell,
which we tackled by the nose although at
times we had to lay up (I think that is
the correct nautical term) because the wind
was much stronger than expected and was
making progress difficult. Three deer
had a laugh at us but did not hang around
for their photos to be taken.
Fell with Martindale to the left, Boredale to the right
Ullswater from Beda Fell
Nab and Rest Dodd from Beda Fell
Beda Fell we made our way along this pleasant ridge,
around by Angle Tarn and had a coffee break near Buck
Crag, overlooking Bannerdale. A quick detour to
knock off Brock Crags, which Stan needed as he had not
been with us on BB0731,
then back near Satura Crag to start contouring around
Rest Dodd to find the access point for the Nab.
Tarn with Rest Dodd to left and Brock Crags byond the
word of explanation is needed here. In AW’s time,
this was the only permitted way on to and off the Nab
and as such it made it a rather difficult place to include
on walks. The impression is still given from the
maps that this is what ought to be done but Bryan had
done his homework. He had reviewed the Dalemain
Estate's attempts to thwart the right to roam legislation.
They had argued that as the Nab is a deer sanctuary
it should be excluded. However the inspector had
landowners conceded that some walkers may need to exit
The Nab quickly if the weather deteriorates, or if they
are benighted or perhaps because of fitness in a member
of the party. Stiles have been installed in the fell
wall near Nab End and the field boundary near The Bungalow
allowing walkers to access the track to The Bungalow
and exit on to the public highway. This
route has been allowed by permission of Dalemain Estate.
They consider there is no legal right to use the track
and insist that it is for exiting The Nab only. There
is a “no entry to CROW land” roundel on the entrance
gate to the track from the road. In short, there
is a one way “escape” route off The Nab to the north.
However the route has not been promoted on the interpretation
boards at the request of Dalemain Estate so as not to
encourage its over-use. The route from and back
to Rest Dodd remains the “Preferred Route”.
The Nab Nabbing Team
Nabbing the Nab
steep drop to Martindale from the Nab
we approached the Nab summit, we noted that the weather
was deteriorating and we might need to exit quickly.
Also, my new boots were giving me blisters thereby
potentially affecting my fitness. And if we lingered
too long over lunch (taken in the lee of the hill and
out of sight of the gamekeepers) we could become benighted.
So armed with three sort of legitimate excuses
we made our way down the nose of the Nab. We were
clearly not the first- a well-defined track is developing.
However I have to say that I think this is the
steepest ground that I have been down and must confess
that at times I found glissading (or what my first ski
instructor called “Scottish Skiing”, i.e. sliding down
on your bum) was the easiest way.
need not have worried about being challenged. We
saw no one (indeed the only people was saw all day was
a group of two self confessed wrinkly couples up near
Satura Crag who were going very well for their advanced
ages- and, Tony, they had been up half the night drinking
and dancing in the local night club before hitting the
hills). We also saw no deer in the deer sanctuary
although there were quite a few in the fields in the
The Nab from Martindale
on the way home
weather picked up again (as per normal) as we headed
back to the car. Stan and I claimed our qualification
for the Far Eastern Alfie award (in Stan’s case his
second, having first achieved this in 1980). Bryan
has now completed all but one Far Eastern Fell. He is
leaving one fell in each book for a final sweep up expedition
to complete the Wainwround of seven Alfies in one. Tony,
on the other hand, is ....... (answer on a postcard
in not more than five words).
I got home at the unusually early time of 3:30 p.m.,
there was a message on my answerphone- not from Tony-
complaining that I did not seem to be getting my e-mails.
True. There was a problem at the server. Eventually
they started to trickle through including one from Tony
sent in the wee small hours excusing himself, wishing
us a good day and saying “hope you all realise you'll
have to do these again!!”
for a while, Tony, not for a while. As I indicated
one of the delights of completing the Wainwrights is
the realisation and relief that I would not have to
do those hills again!
7th November 2007
miles (Garmin/ Memory Map)
climbed: 2,575 feet (Anquet)
Beda Fell, Brock Crags, The Nab
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This page describes a 2007 adventure of BOOTboys, a loose group of friends of mature
years who enjoy defying the aging process by getting out into the hills as
often as possible!
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