21st March 2010

Off the beaten track on Angletarn Pikes and Brock Crags


Walk Overview
Time 09.15 to 12.50
Duration 3 hr 35 min
Distance 7.2 mile
Ascent 2010 ft
Walking with On my own
Patterdale - Rooking - Boredale Hause - Angletarn Pikes - Angle Tarn - Lingy Crag - Brock Crags - Hartsop - Beckstones - 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

With an uncertain forecast giving a possibility of rain, cloud and sunshine almost everywhere, it didn't really matter where I headed for today. It was just a case of keeping my fingers crossed that I'd stay dry. As it turned out, the rain held off until I was on the way home, so I think I can say I got it spot on today.

I did take notice as I passed, but now I'm starting to question myself, but I think this is called Place Fell Cottage.

A view down to Patterdale, Glenridding and Ullswater. The darker looking fell in the centre is Sheffield Pike.`

Looking over Boredale Hause to Place Fell.

A close (ish) picture of St Sunday Crag and Birks.
You can't help but notice how the snow is really disappearing now. Although I should imagine it'll be quite sometime before it goes completely.

Moody sky and fells around Brothers Water.

Looking at that sky I have to say I'm glad I'm here (Angletarn Pikes) and not there (Gray Crag, Caudale Moor, Hartsop Dodd, Middle Dodd and Red Screes).

While I was standing here I used the zoom lens on the camera as a telescope to see if there were any Deer on the fellside below Brock Crags (I've seen them there before). And sure enough there was a large number of them grazing near Lingy Crag.
Right, I thought to myself; there's no point letting all that SAS training go to waste. What I'll do is head along the edge of Lingy Crag, sneak up on them from behind and get some decent pictures before they even know I've been there. Of course all this would be done while I blend in perfectly with the landscape. That sounds impressive doesn't it? But who am I trying to kid, , , I had a bright red top on, I must have stunk of garlic from last night, I had two poles clattering on the ground and if the truth be told, sneaking up quietly isn't exactly my strong point. Anyway:
I still gave it a go and managed to get quite close before the red top frightened them, the smell of garlic wafted across to them and the noise from the poles announced there was an intruder on the scene.

Before I reached the Deer I had to head across country. First of all crossing the outflow from Angle Tarn.

St Sunday Crag, taken from the same place as the previous picture.

Angletarn Pikes seen from an unusual viewpoint next to Cat Crag.


Another unusual picture of Angletarn Pikes. This one was taken just before I start to head up towards Brock Crags (up on the right).

Well, I did get quite close and I managed to watch them for about twenty seconds before they realised I was there.

And off they go!



Eight of them up on the skyline. This was out of the thirty or so I counted earlier.

Gray Crag and Hayeswater seen just after leaving Brock Crags.

Following the diagonal path down to Hartsop.

Looking towards Pasture Bottom.

Just outside Hartsop I dropped down from the main track to see the old Hartsop Corn Mill; which proved to be a great spot for a sit down and something to eat.

An ever so slight de-tour took me to this bridge found just outside Hartsop.

Walking through Hartsop.

Now for the lower level section of the walk; the lovely track running between Hartsop and Patterdale.

As I passed by another seat, I thought I may as well stop and polish off the last of the fruit loaf and strawberry jam. While I was sitting down I took this picture of St Sunday Crag, Birks and Arnison Crag.

One of the cottages I passed as I walked through Rooking.

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Lake District Walks