Brock Crags, The Nab and Rest Dodd

Name of walk Brock Crags, The Nab and Rest Dodd
Date of walk 2016-06-05
Distance walked (miles) 8
Duration of walk 7 hours 30 minutes
Weather Sunshine and very warm.
Peaks on walk Brock Crags, The Nab, Rest Dodd.
Walked with Brendan
Parking Hartsop

On the last Sunday of half term I finally got an opportunity for a walk. I had taken advantage of the recent good weather by completing all my gardening tasks, including making a new wildlife pond. My reward was a good fell walk, but nothing too difficult as I had managed to persuade Brendan to come too. We would drive to Hartsop and climb Brock Crags, visit Angle Tarn then detour to The Nab and climb over Rest Dodd, returning via Hayeswater. A walk of eight and a half miles, but mostly on grass.


Looking back towards the cap park at Hartsop.


View into Pasture Bottom.


There are some hydroelectric works on the Hayeswater path and it is closed, we take the path to the Filter House and omit the first zig of the zig zag path by going directly up by the wall.


View back towards Brothers Water.


Brothers Water in close-up.


On the zag path. It is very warm this morning, a bit too warm for climbing at 22C


View down to the Filter House and the diagonal path we will need to take on our way back, which detours the closed path.


First view to Angle Tarn as we head off left for Brock Crags.


Close-up with Angle Tarn Pikes behind.


This year the 'in' colour for sheep seems to be pink!


Brock Crags summit ahead.


Looking down on Brothers Water.


View towards Ullswater with Place Fell on the right.


Close-up of Glenridding.


Brendan on the summit cairn.


We head down to Angle Tarn.


We make for where the wall meets the tarn.


There are many Canada Geese.


Goslings too.



We head back up to the path that comes from Boredale Hause, and head for Satura Crag.


View down to Hayeswater.


A close-up view back to Angle Tarn.


It is an easy, grassy route to The Nab.


At the top of the rise we follow the wall all the way to the end. The Nab is off left.


Looking through the wall to The Nab and its many peat hags. With the weather being so dry recently they posed no problems and you can just walk through them. On previous visits they have been full of water and we have had to navigate routes around them. The Nab is a Red Deer Conservation Area and home to the oldest native herd in England. I have seen deer on the slopes here on many occasions and in other places on our route, but no sign of them today.


View back to the diagonal wall we have just followed on the side of Rest Dodd. The Nab is a there and back walk. Unfortunately on our return to the start of the wall we then have to go up and over that very steep fell! Maybe it was named because you definitely need a rest after the steep ascent!


The Nab summit, a bit dull, no sign of any deer anywhere. They are probably keeping cool in the woodlands bellow.


Bannerdale and Martindale. Beda Fell on the left, Steel Fell on the right. Ullswater in the distance. Rather a pity the sun wasn't out at this point. We sat and had lunch on the summit. Then I spotted a deer tick walking over my shorts. With hindsight The Nab was probably not the best choice for sitting on the grass!


We used the gap to get through. The style was rotten, causing it to lean and move quite badly. It could easily topple over. On the right is a 20ft drop, so I hope no one tries to climb over it. I shall email the National Park Authority and make sure they are aware.


View back to The Nab, now in sunshine, from the climb up to Rest Dodd.


Resting on Rest Dodd summit with Rampsgill Head and High St. behind us. Our photo was taken by a young woman waiting for her friends who had decided to do the there and back walk to the Nab.


Heading down from Rest Dodd to the main path. Then we would continue down to Hayeswater.


Some dark clouds coming over. Brock Crags on the right.


Heading for Hayeswater.


The weir is now gone. It used to be a good place to sit and dangle your feet in the water. We cross by the small dam.


I still took some time out to cool off before making the final walk down the track to Hartsop.


Taking the diagonal path down to the Filter House.


View from the bridge.

An easy walk, but in 24C heat, not as easy as it should have been. We had plenty of rest stops. The 8.4 mile walk took us seven and a half hours.