30th December 2007

Adding fells onto a short walk from Hartsop - Angletarn Pikes to Gray Crag


Walk Overview
Time 9.45 to 15.30
Duration 5hr 45 min
Distance 11 mile
Ascent 3100 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Hartsop - Dubhow - Boredale Hause - Angletatn Pikes - Angle Tarn - Brock Crags - The Knott - High Street - Thornthwaite Crag - Gray Crag - Hayeswater Gill - Hartsop
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Hartsop Village

Unspoilt, sums up the lovely village of Hartsop; apart from the car park that is. At least it is tucked away beyond a narrow gap between the buildings at the top of the village.

The car park is free and offers almost instant access to the surrounding fells. The number of different walks you can do from here are jut too many to list.


Route Map

Heading up to Boredale Hause with a fine, even if a little dark, view back towards Hartsop Dodd, Caudale Moor, Middle Dodd, Red Screes, High Hartsop Dodd and the tree covered lower slopes of Hartsop Above How.

Sunshine would have been nice, but dry with high cloud was still good, especially after the few days of wet weather we'd had. It was starting to look as though I wouldn't make it onto the fells again during 2007. So with low confidence of a whole day without torrential rain we set off to walk up to Angletarn Pikes and, well that was about all we had planned. As it turned out we ended up adding bits on as we progressed and eventually ended up walking across to High Street, Thornthwaite Crag and Gray Crag.

A close up of Patterdale, Glenridding and the end of Ullswater. Notice just how much water there is in the fields. They don't call this The Lake District for nothing!

And from the same spot looking down to the Rooking area of Patterdale.

Brothers Water seen behind Dubhow Crag.

Standing on the slightly lower, southern top on Angletarn Pikes with Angle Tarn, Rest Dodd, Rampsgill Head, The Knott, High Street, Gray Crag, Thornthwaite Crag and Brock Crags behind.
So far so good we both said; dry and with a view. Next stop Brock Crags.

Undoubtedly it wasn't the clearest of days and Angle Tarn wasn't exactly at its best, but this arguably the most beautiful of all the high Lakeland Tarns. The other strong contender being Sprinkling Tarn which is found over in the west of the park.

A short (very short) deviation from the path took us up to Buck Crag where we got this view down in the remote valley of Bannerdale.

A close up of Hayeswater, taken from the wet area between the main ridge and Brock Crags.

On the walk back from Brock Crags, it was still dry, still clear and we still had plenty of time, so we decided to continue onto The Knott (left), High Street (centre), Thorhthwaite Crag (out of view) and Gray Crag (right).

Above the snow line on path up to The Knott.

There wasn't that much snow about and what there was, was that wet and slippery kind. I'm not sure when the snow actually fell, but judging by the depth of the drifts along the High Street wall, it must have been quite deep when it was fresh.
This photo, taken just after leaving The Knott and looking along to the Straights of Riggindale clearly shows how the wall and the main ridge path (the Roman road) take two distinctly different routes across the fell. The wall does actually continue straight over the summit, but the path, which may offer the most substantial route, misses the summit and passes a short distance to the east of the summit.

And looking back from the highest point in the previous picture.

"Excuse me, but your buttons and your nose have fell off"
"That's the least of my worries, I used to be over six feet tall, until the weather stated to warm up. At this rate I don't think I'll see much of 2008"

Our next fell was Thornthwaite Crag, seen here on the right of the picture.

Looking along the snow covered eastern side of the Gray Crag ridge.

And a couple of minutes later looking back to High Street.

Gray Crag.

The dam end of Hayeswater.
The fells above are Rest Dodd on the left hand side of the fell and on the right of the picture (front to back) is The Knott, Rampsgill Head and High Raise.

The village of Hartsop, taken from the top of Gray Crags steep northern ridge.

Almost at the end of a the walk now and all that remains is to follow this broad track down to the car park.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks