Six Fells From Hartsop

Name of walk Six Fells From Hartsop
Date of walk 2013-07-12
Distance walked (miles) 10
Duration of walk 7 hours 15 minutes
Weather Very hot
Peaks on walk Brock Crags, Rest Dodd, The Knott, Kidsty Pike, High Raise and Rampsgill Head

Yesterday I drove to Hartsop for a solitary walk over some Far Eastern Fells. Brock Crags (1842ft), Rest Dodd (2278ft), The Knott (2423ft), Kidsty Pike (2560ft), High Raise (2634ft) and Rampsgill Head (2581ft) then heading down to Hayeswater and walking back down beside Hayeswater Gill. A walk of about 10 miles… extreme heat!!!!!


I got an early start and arrived at Hartsop at 7.50am. Not early enough to beat the heat! I took the short cut path beside the wall which joins the first zig of the zig zag track up Brock Crags. A steep start! Looking into Pasture Bottom.


Now on the zag track looking back to Brother's Water


Gray Crag, and my route back down below.


Hayeswater in the dip.


I was on Brock Crags by 9am.


Looking down on Angle Tarn with Angle Tarn Pikes behind it.




I head down to the gap in the wall


Just below the tree is a guy packing away his tent......A great spot to overnight. Tarn panorama.....



I don't look as hot as I felt, I was dripping!



Loads of midges and flies everywhere, especially by the tarn. I'm allergic to mosquito bites, but okay with midges. When I first came to this area I worked for The Institute of Terrestrial Ecology at Merlewood Research Station in Grange-over-Sands, as a research assistant. I was working on a Ph.D acid rain project. This involved going to Gisburn Forest in North Yorkshire every week, collecting and analysing rain water from underground containers in different sections of the forest. Each plot had its own tree species or mix of species. The trees were closely planted, the ground was boggy. In summer the air within the forest plots was black with midges. They would find a way into every possible orifice, unpleasant to say the least! I used to wear a swimming mask with a tea towel below covering my mouth. Stopping for lunch was never an option! One of my other tasks was measuring the growth of specific trees in Rusland Forest. The annoying thing about this was I had spent the last ten years of my life complaining that learning trigonometry in maths was totally useless for everyday life. Unfortunately I had to work out the height of the trees guessed it ....trigonometry....BASTARDS! Looking down into Boredale. Beda Fell on the left, The Nab on the right


Another view of Hayeswater.


I leave the path and start up the side of Rest Dodd. There is no path up here, I wonder why not? Cos it is far too steep, that's why! Only an idiot would ascend this way in this heat!


The idiot reaches the summit cairn! There is nothing like a good aerobic work out!


Well at least I'm not stupid enough to be attempting those summits today!


I head down towards The Nab to look for deer. Bingo! I see them, they see me.....stand off.


The Knott on the left. Shall I go straight down by the wall and then straight up by the wall, or shall common sense prevail and head diagonally to pick up the new path? I head for the new path, an improvement from the mud tracks that used to be here. I meet a couple of Americans from Portland, Oregon on the way. They are on the 5th day of the Coast to Coast walk, they are taking 17 days to do it. They chose a good week. I leave them and head up to The Knott.


View down on Hayeswater from The Knott summit


High Street ahead. I turn left for Kidsty Pike


Riggindale and Haweswater. Kidsty Pike on the left. I have caught up with the Americans again, they are not very fast.


The world and his wife are on Kidsty Pike! They are all Coast to Coasters heading down to Haweswater. The two Americans on the right. I have lunch here too while chatting with the Americans.


View from Kidsty Pike.


No rest for the wicked, I head next to High Raise....not a soul about!


From High Raise looking towards Loadpot Hill, a nice, grassy, gentle walk, but not my direction.


I head for Rampsgill Head. Rest Dodd and The Nab on the left, High Raise on the right, Martindale and Hallin Fell ahead.......Panorama....


Looking back to Rest Dodd.


From here I head back down the grass to meet the path I came up on. Then I head left straight down the grass to Hayeswater.


I sit on the weir and cool off my feet in the water. People pay large sums of money for fish foot spar pedicures, but nature is free! After 20 minutes, and wanting some skin left on my feet, I say goodbye to the fishes and head back down the valley.


Hayeswater Gill. The Knott on the left....


One day I will go past this barn and not take a photo....but not today!

The walk took about seven hours and fifteen minutes. I was glad of the can of drink I had in the boot, as I had run out of tap water on the way down to Hayeswater. (I had refilled one bottle with fast flowing stream water a few hours ago, but it was to be used only as a last resort, as the stream was not really at a high enough elevation to be totally safe. It is always a risk to drink stream water, but I do it quite often with no ill effects… far!)

A good day, but unbelievably hot this morning! It was not until I reached Kidsty Pike that there was even a hint of a breeze. Everyone I met was dripping!