BB1528 : Would You Like Your Lamb Pink, Sir?

Thursday 6th August 2015

Pink lambs.  And sheep.  Whatever next?  As we walked along north from Hartsop, that was the sight which confronted us.  Obviously we have seen sheep colour-marked before, especially by whichever tup had serviced them (or in the case of those lucky multicoloured ones, which tups).  But never for them to be more or less totally recoloured.  Seemingly it is to deter theft but what it does to the value of their wool, I don’t know.  But there again, perhaps wool has little value currently.  Though I suspect it must be worth something otherwise they probably would not be sheared.

Pink Lambs

Comitibus :  Some dressed for the weather

The rain didn’t seem to bother them.  Nor did it bother my five companions who had come prepared.  However, fool that I am, I had more faith in the forecasters who predicted that it was going to clear before we started soI travelled light.  And indeed clear it did.  Just not quite soon enough.

Brothers Water

Boredale Hause with Place Fell behind

Glenridding on Ullswater

Frog at our feet

Fortunately by the time we reached the top of Boredale Hause it had stopped.  Here we turned south east with the objective of the twin peaks of Angletarn Pikes.

Tony was suffering with what sounds like a tendon problem in the back of his leg so, for once, we were kind and allowed him to eat at his preferred time of noon, perched on a ledge below the Pikes and overlooking the lovely Angle Tarn.

Angle Tarn comes into view

Further round!

For a moment we thought that Terry was going to give us a repeat performance of skinny-dipping but, for some strange reason, he wimped out.  He said it was because there were two people sat by the tarn.  However, even after they moved he still was too shy.

Brock Crag followed, an excellent viewpoint over Brothers Water, Ullswater and Hayeswater.  This was an out and back episode, following which we carried on along the track to the decision point.  Terry wanted to continue to The Knott so that he could bag it for his Wainwright count.  Tony's leg had had enough climbing and neither Martin nor John seemed that interested in going up The Knott just for the sake of it.  So Stan took Terry up to the top whilst I joined the others on the descent to Hayeswater.

Gray Crag with Hayeswater to left

Brock Crag summit

There are few signs of the dam left, having been recently dismantled by United Utilities. 

The water level is noticeably lower than when we visited last year:
BB1412 : The Dam Busters March.

As it was last year

The dam  is gone

The water is lower

The vegetation hasn’t yet grown back and weirdly there are walls that can be seen going down across the bare patches and into the water.  No doubt these predate the reservoir.

Initially we were perplexed as we could find no means of crossing the beck. The bridge had vanished.  It was just too wide and in spate for boulder hopping. Fortunately, John discovered another bridge a little downstream.

Martin wonders whether to jump

The old pump house

A bridge is discovered

The old shepherd's house

We had almost reached the car when Terry and Stan caught up with us. Apparently Stan had taken Terry down a virtually vertical gully  He was still shaking from the near death experience until once again we saw creatures whose imminent demise was rather more certain.  

Stan and Terry catch us up

More pink sheep

More coloured ovines.  

Would you like your lamb pink, Sir, and a nice red wine to go with it?

Don, Thursday 6th August 2015



At the Staveley Brewery subsequently, Tony relinquished his role as Kitty Master in favour of Terry.  

Thanks for looking after the cash, Tony.  

Another round please, Terry!

Correction:  Mera Peak even higher    

Bryan has taken me to task, pointing our that I had under recorded the height of Mera Peak by about the same amount as we climbed last week.

It is actually 21,108 feet high.  


Now in Switzerland, he has sent us this photo, right, of sunset on the Eiger.




Thursday 6th August 2015

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Angletarn Pikes, Brock Crag

The Knott


Don, John, Martin, Tony

Stan, Terry


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