: A Last Look At Hayeswater?
12th June 2014
of the Lake District's lesser known lakes, Hayeswater
(not to be confused with Haweswater), is soon to be
radically transformed. Technically, it is a reservoir.
Its current level is artificial, maintained by
a dam. That dam is soon to be gradually removed
and the water will be allowed to drop to its natural
level as a tarn. Environmental reasons are put
forward to support the action but my guess is that the
real reason is the cost of maintaining the structure,
coupled with a risk assessment of the financial damage
that could ensue if the dam wall were to break.
the dam was not the main purpose of today's outing.
Indeed, there was some doubt as to whether we
would see it at all. Contrary to what the forecast
had led us to believe, high level visibility was
poor. On Tuesday the forecasters had led us to expect a day in the sun.
Yesterday we told to look forward to an afternoon
in the sun. Come the day, however, the clag obviously
was not obeying its command.
was a pity as we were blooding a new BOOTboy, Terry.
It was with some trepidation on our part as we
had heard of his Nepalese adventures. It
was not because Stan and I were eager to impress him that
we chose the stiffest start to a walk since Seat Sandal
(some would argue, much stiffer). It was to satisfy
John's need to knock off more Wainwrights on a day when
time constraints meant we couldn't travel too far.
was the rendezvous where we met up with Mike and Martin.
After the initiation ceremony involving a Linthwaite
sausage, we began the ascent of Hartsop Dodd.
(left) and the inaugural sausage
However, before I get to that part of the tale
I must mention the fire at the Queen's Head at Troutbeck.
I did report this last week ( BB1420
) but here was the chance to see for ourselves. Understandably
fenced off, it was clear to see the damage that the
fire had caused. Apparently there had been eight
rooms occupied with guests staying the night. It must have
been pretty scary for them.
climb up Hartsop Dodd weaves up the Round How nose with steep slopes on either side.
The sort of terrain where I have to keep moving
otherwise my legs lose momentum and gain wobble.
looks back to the car park
Once up on the Dodd
things become more civilised. The rising ground
to the top of Caudale Moor is much less challenging
except for the fact that it was into the cloud so visibility
became increasingly restricted.
are at least three summit cairns up here so we first
headed for the Caudale Moor cairn which we found easily
beyond a small tarn.
Next was the Monument, otherwise known as John Bell's Banner
least I think they are the same place).
were two inscribed plaques, one barely legible,
the other clearly in remembrance of his
son, William Ion Akinson, the father being
an Atkinson not a Bell.
In The Hills
"There are 2 inscribed plaques; “Hic jacet Mark Atkinson of Kirkstone Pass Inn, died 14 June 1930 aged 69 years” and “Also his son William Ion Atkinson, died 2nd April 1987 aged 83 years”. Turns out the Atkinson family ran the Kirkstone Pass Inn and as well as looking down over the Inn the memorial can be clearly seen from the pub (on a good day)."
we headed for the true summit, Stony Cove Pike, where
we met people who were rather disorientated by the fog. I do
hope the guidance we gave them proved accurate-
it was hard to tell!
we found our way down the steep path by the wall to
Thresthwaite Mouth to find a place behind a wall
out of the wind and below the clag that would have really
suited Tony, Except for the fact that it was now
well gone noon.
climb to Thornthwaite Beacon was quite steep up a good
if somewhat loose stony track but once again into the
spy Stan at the Beacon
beetle at the Beacon
on a rock, was a rather unusual beetle. I think
it might have been a Rose Chafer although it seems
a strange place to find one.
Crag, the next objective, was found by following a pretty
obvious trail into an increasingly sunny terrain. And,
from there, we could see Hayeswater.
was interesting to look down and wonder
what it would be like in the near future when the dam
is breached and the water level allowed to drop.
continued down the nose to meet Hayeswater Gill then
headed back to Hartsop,
quite pleased with ourselves for completing a more challenging outing
than our recent norm.
To celebrate, we decided
to stop at the Kirkstone Inn. What a surprise
in the Kirkstone Inn
On what was now a hot sunny afternoon there was
a fire blazing inside.
What is more, the Christmas
decorations were still up, Rudolph was still by the
fire and, believe it or not, playing over the speaker
system was Andy Williams (or some such crooner) singing
The Twelve Days of Christmas.
Was this a
sort of experience?
Not judging by the price
of the ales.
£3.50 rather than thruppence
However, it was a good pint and
a jolly way to say farewell to Hayeswater as we know
day we will return to see what the new version looks
like. Then on the way back, we'll see if Rudolph
is still awaiting his call from Santa.
12th June 2014
is a while since I added a monochrome photo so here
is one of Terry peeping through some water pipes.
12th June 2014
climbed in feet
Dodd, Stony Cove Pike,
Crag, Gray Crag
Don, John Hn, Martin C, Mike,
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1421 .
discover which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
- although it may not be that up to date - see: Which
For the latest totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see: BB Log.
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