: Let's Do It !
do it in the summer," said I, "when it’s nice
let’s do it in the winter when it is frozen." said
do it now!" said Stan.
“it” in question is the “Deer Forest”, a boggy area
between Rest Dodd and The Nab, two Wainwrights that
both John and Terry needed.
Hartsop abandoned building
Hartsop we took a different path to that
which I expected.
was keen to go up the north side of Hayeswater
time I have been up that valley with Stan
he has taken a different unorthodox route
and he wasn’t going to disappoint us today.
the pumping station he wanted to continue
up the north bank of the beck in order to
dart straight up the fell.
managed to obtain a bit of a concession. We crossed
back across the beck and climbed to the next bridge,
just below Hayeswater (where the reduction in water
level thanks to the dambusters could be clearly seen).
But instead of following the normal path, Stan
drove us up direttisimo by the wall.
back to the pumping station
don't know what Tony had had for breakfast but he stormed
up to the Rest Dodd summit, well ahead of the rest of
hag, the Nab & Ullswater in the distance
glimpse of Angle Tarn
could see the Nab directly in front of us. We
could also see the Deer Forest peat hags. However,
once we dropped down to the hags, we discovered that
Stan was right. Even though today was rather cloudy,
the week of fine weather that we had enjoyed had more
or less dried them out and it was a much easier passage
than I had expected before we undertook the relatively
short climb up the Nab.
in the hag, Rest Dodd behind
back, Rest Dodd looked evil and it was hard to believe
we had descended it without difficulty.
The Nab is essentially an “Out and Back” walk, there
is an escape route in bad weather but you are not supposed
to use it other than in an emergency. Consequently
we re-crossed the Deer Forest hag albeit by a more westerly
route. We could see the deer on the skyline watching
on the Deer Forest
from the Nab
we would have continued up and over to Angle Tarn for
lunch but Tony was getting rebellious and demanded we
stop for lunch. "Please, let's do it"
he implored. So we did. The consequence
was that the next 300 feet or so on after-lunch legs
was very hard going. Eventually we reached the
regular path that runs along the side of one of my favourites,
on the descent we took the lower path that I generally
try to avoid as it is narrow and has a steep drop to
the left. Had I realised, “Let’s NOT do it,” I
would have shouted. But we did it and all survived.
as does Ullswater
return to Hartsop passed without incident. The
defibrillator wasn't needed.
the hamlet we saw a motorcycle helmet being
used for a most unexpected purpose- a bird's
nesting box. It presumably belonged
to the young lady with the Monster on BB1210.
we had just one more decision to make. Should
we stop at the Kirkstone Inn on the way
Do It!" was the unanimous cry.
Wednesday 23rd March 2016
23rd March 2016
climbed in feet:
(OS / Memory Map)
Dodd, The Nab, Angle Tarn
John Hn, Martin, Mike, Stan,
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