31st August 2008

Rain drops keep falling on my head - Angletarn Pikes and Brock Crags


Walk Overview
Time 11.15 to 16.45
Duration 5 hr 30 min
Distance 7.1 mile
Ascent 2000 ft
Walking with Roger & Ann Hiley, Jill & Nigel Batchelor, John Patterson
Hartsop - Dubhow - Boredale Hause - Angletarn Pikes - Angle Tarn - Brock Crags - Satura Crag - Hayeswater - Hartsop Corn Mill - 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

Jill, Nigel and John, almost ready for the off. Considering the late start I was really surprised at just how empty the car park was. When I was here last week cars were crammed into every space.

Hartsop is a lovely little village with a fine selection of traditional lakeland buildings. Many of them, as seen here, are complete with spinning gallery.


The long distance views had just as much grey in them as green today; as this picture shows. This set the scene for the whole of the walk. On the plus side, the cloud remained above us and the rain wasn't heavy enough to spoil the walk.


Place Fell.

Brothers Water seen here between Dumhow Crag and Dubhow Brow.

Looking across to southern top of Angletarn Pikes.

Angle Tarn seen from the southern and lower of the two tops on Angletarn Pikes.

And from close quarters. Strangely the water in the tarn was warm, I don't mean it wasn't as cold as we expected it to be, it really was warm.

On the route between Angle Tarn and Satura Crags you're treated to fine view into Bannerdale.

Our walk today included Brock Crags, which can be reached by walking a short distance off the main ridge path. On route you get to see the interestingly shaped Angle Tarn from yet another perspective.

The boggy bit next to Brock Crags.

From the summit of Brock Crags looking across to Gray Crag (with the wisp of cloud), Thornthwaite Crag, Threshthwaite Mouth and upper section of Pasture Bottom.

A prominent landmark and navigation point along the ridge is this old gate. Sadly, because of the dilapidated condition of the wall it no longer serves any useful purpose, even if the gate itself had been intact.

Water water everywhere !

One option to get to the cars from Brock Crags would have been to descend the old peat track to Hartsop (the one I went up last week). On the other hand - Jill & Nigel said they'd like to visit Hayeswater, so we continued across the ridge skirting below Rest Dodd, then dropping down to Hayeswater, which can be seen here on the right of the picture.

Between Hayeswater and Hartsop you pass this interesting old barn. Interesting yes, but not enough to entice to walk through the ankle deep mud to have a look inside.

It looks like Autumn is on the way. I must have blinked and missed Summer altogether.

The view through Pasture Bottom to Threshthwaite Mouth (the lowest point on the skyline).

The ruins of the Hartsop Corn Mill, complete with the mill stones still laying on the ground.

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Lake District Walks