24th June 2007

An out of the ordinary route from Patterdale


Walk Overview
Time 09.20 to 15.25
Duration 6 hr 5 min
Distance 11 mile
Ascent 3645 ft
Walking with On my own
Patterdale - Boredale Hause - Angletarn Pikes - AngleTarn - Hayeswater - Hayeswater Gill - Thornthwaite Crag - Threshthwaite Mouth - Pasture Bottom - Hartsop - Crookabeck - Patterdale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, opposite Patterdale Hotel

I think I'm correct in saying that the hotel actually owns the car park, so needless to say there is a charge. Thankfully this is a daily charge and if I'm honest it is well worth the cost when you consider the fantastic selection of walk that can be undertaken from this spot.

It does tend to fill up rather quickly though, and not only during the summer months.


Route Map

I thought it was starting to brighten up a little by the time I was approaching Boredale Hause where I took this photo of Patterdale, Glenridding and Ullswater. The cloud on Sheffield Pike had lifted a little and I was hopeful that the forecasted rain may not put in an appearance after all; how wrong you can be.

Place Fell seen from the path on route to Angletarn Pikes.

The view to Angle Tarn from my favourite fell - but taken in my least favourite conditions. Hot, humid, not a breath of wind and pouring down; talk about uncomfortable. I sometimes think it would be just as well to walk without any waterproofs on when conditions are like this, but it's difficult to decide if I'd be more uncomfortable soaked to the skin and cool or dry and overheating.

There's never a cold wind when you want one!!

Bucketing down as I passed the gate near Satura Crag.

I did a bit of an odd route today, mainly because it felt like ages since I'd walked in this area, but also because I wanted to include a few different sections of path on the same walk. One of them being an off path route which follows Hayeswater Gill up to Thornthwaite Crag. A general idea of the route can be seen running up to the lowest point on the skyline from the far end of Hayeswater.


Brothers Water and Hartsop seen from the point at which I started to make my way down to Hayeswater.

Reflections in Hayeswater.

Well you'd think with the amount of time I spend on the fells I'd be able to judge the depth of the water when I'm trying to cross a beck by now. Not the case today I'm afraid; on the final step as I placed my foot onto a stone which looked like it was just below the water, I felt the boot getting deeper and deeper and the sock getting wetter and wetter.
Never mind, I suppose it only takes a couple of minutes to wring a sock out and at least it had stopped raining.

The view back down to Hayeswater.

Slowly picking my way through the drumlins, the rocks and the boggy bits.

Another view back down to Hayeswater. This is where it started to get really steep.

Eventually I reached Thornthwaite Crag, where it was surprisingly clear, but, looking towards the Windermere direction it was pretty obvious that it was bucketing down and the rain was heading in my direction.

Looking in the same direction as the previous picture, taken from the higher section of the route down to Threshthwaite Mouth.

And from Threshthwaite Mouth looking down to Ullswater and my route through Pasture Bottom to Hartsop.

Pasture Bottom or should that be past your behind?


The view back up to Threshthwaite Mouth.
The rain had stopped, the cloud had lifted and it had turned in to a decent (ish) afternoon. Just right for the lovely walk between Hartsop and Patterdale; another section I wanted to include in the walk.

The ruins of Hartsop lead mine.

The Knott on the left of the photo and the bulk of Gray Crag seen above the sheep pens just outside Hartsop.

Middle Dodd, Red Screes, High Hartsop Dodd, Little Hart Crag, Dove Crag and Brothers Water.
I took this picture just outside Hartsop on the higher path which leads down to the valley next to Angletarn Beck, where it joins the main route between Hartsop and Patterdale.

"I'll get to those Foxgloves if it's the last thing I do".

This route through the valley to Patterdale makes for a lovely lower level walk and for anyone wanting a gentle stroll for a couple of hours, an out and back between the two villages is ideal.



David Hall -
Lake District Walks