Sunday, 29th January 2017

Walk: Myers Head lead mine, Rest Dodd, The Nab & Angletarn Pikes
Start Point: Hartsop Village Grid Reference: NY 410 130
Distance: 10.2 miles Ascent: 3,230 feet
Time: 6.25 hours
Weather: Everything from mist to snow showers, a little rain and clear blue skies.
Comments:

A challenging walk, especially if you have a cold and on a cold wintery day. Our walk soon took us to the long abandoned Myers Head lead mine, followed by a stead climb in mist with snow on the ground for our climb up to Rest Dodd. Here we came across the long lost remains of a fell walker and supplied him/her with a hat to keep them warm. Taking care on our descent and with elevenses out of the way we headed for our next destination, The Nab. Having seen a herd of deer and ascended to the top of The Nab our route lead us back towards Rest Dodd where we picked up paths for Angle Tarn Pikes and along the valley floor back to Hartsop village.
Seven trusty souls followed the leader and had been rewarded with a good enjoyable walk, I hope. (Thoroughly enjoyed by all particpants.)

Hartsop car park with a guest appearance by Garry

Picturesque Gray Crag

Thick mist did not bode well for views . . .

and a layer of soft snow didn’t help the climb

Rest Dodd summit. Ice had formed on a pair of specs, the hat was to keep he/she warm

The group keeps Ice Man company - for a few minutes

Les and Lesley have fun on the tricky decent but Garry
is practising for sledging - without the sledge!

Nearly down . . .

as a blizzard blows in . . .

but the snow clears while we have our morning break in the shelter of the wall

Continuing along the path . . .

we spot a herd of deer . . .

in the distance

John leads the group to the summit of The Nab as Rest Dodd disappears in the mist

Posing for a group photo . . .

before leaving The Nab, and as we retrace our footsteps . . .

the mist clears over High Raise and Wetherlam . . .

to reveal a beautiful blue sky

We spot the deer again - too far for a clear photo . . .

and one deer keeps an eye on us

On our way to Satura Crag . . .

we can see the peat hags we had to navigate

Another wall provides shelter for lunch

Looking down Bannerdale with The Nab on the right and Steel Knotts at the end

Angle Tarn - but the Pikes are hiding in th mist

Time for a 'natter' before . . .

climbing to the southern summit . . .

where there are good views of the tarn

and across to the northern summit

John checks out the valley as the sun catches Brothers Water

Heading towards Boredale Hause, Ullswater comes into view . . .

and we are treated to a beautiful sky to finish the walk

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