BB1612 : Let's Do It !

Wednesday 23rd March 2016

"Let’s do it in the summer," said I, "when it’s nice and dry."

"No, let’s do it in the winter when it is frozen." said Bryan.

"Let’s do it now!" said Stan.

So we did.

The “it” in question is the “Deer Forest”, a boggy area between Rest Dodd and The Nab, two Wainwrights that both John and Terry needed.

The Hartsop abandoned building

From Hartsop we took a different path to that which I expected.  

Stan was keen to go up the north side of Hayeswater Gill.  

Each 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.

At the pumping station he wanted to continue up the north bank of the beck in order to dart straight up the fell.

We 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.

Looking back to the pumping station

Glimpse of Hayeswater

I don't know what Tony had had for breakfast but he stormed up to the Rest Dodd summit, well ahead of the rest of us.

The hag, the Nab & Ullswater in the distance

First glimpse of Angle Tarn

We 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.

Tony in the hag, Rest Dodd behind


Looking back, Rest Dodd looked evil and it was hard to believe we had descended it without difficulty.

Although 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 us suspiciously.

Deer on the Deer Forest

The Watchers

Martindale from the Nab

Normally 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, Angle Tarn.

Angle Tarn

Somehow 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.

Brotherswater appears.....

..... as does Ullswater

The return to Hartsop passed without incident.  The defibrillator wasn't needed.

Comitibus : Near Hartrop

Hartsop defibrillator

The Kirkstone Inn

In 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.

Now we had just one more decision to make.  Should we stop at the Kirkstone Inn on the way back?

“Let’s Do It!" was the unanimous cry.

So we did.

Don, Wednesday 23rd March 2016




Wednesday 23rd March 2016

Distance in miles:

9.9 (Garmin)

Height climbed in feet:

2,742 (OS / Memory Map)


Rest Dodd, The Nab, Angle Tarn


Don, John Hn, Martin, Mike, Stan,
Terry, Tony


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