Sunday, 20 April 2014
Wainwright #143 & #144
Today’s route was collecting Wainwrights. We set off from Brothers Water and walked to Hartsop in the warm and then climbed up towards The Knott (2,425ft/739m). The weather forecast was predicting high winds later in the afternoon – by which time we would be safely back in the valley.
On reaching Hayeswater the wind started to pick up .. is it ever still at Hayeswater? We continued up the path ascending steeply on the way to High Street (2,717ft/828m).
Reaching the summit of The Knott we were wearing hats, gloves and windproof jackets as the East wind was getting even stronger.
The route following a wall down and then rising up to the next hill, Rest Dodd (2,283ft/696m) was a welcome relief, the sun came out and we were sheltered in the valley. This all changed as we neared the grassy summit and from this point until we got close to Brock Crags (1,841ft/561m) the strong side-wind was whipping across the fell, blowing loose strands of grass, made standing and walking difficult.
We dropped off Rest Dodd with a Peregine Falcon swooping overhead, which would have been wonderful if the gale wasn’t blowing us over; and when we reached The Nab (1,890ft/576m), we both sat down to try and find some shelter and prevent being swept off our feet.
Thankfully the wind died down a little as we returned over Brock Crags and then past Angle Tarn to Boredale Hause and then back down the straight track to Hartsop.
From the car park at Brothers Water (NY403134).