11th January 2014

Brock Crags and Angletarn Pikes


Walk Overview
Time 9:45am to 1:30pm
Duration 3 hr 45 min
Distance 7.2 mile
Ascent 2100 ft
Walking with On my own
Hartsop - Brock Crags - Angle Tarn - Angletarn Pikes - Chapel in the Hause - Boredale Hause - Rooking - Crookabeck - Beckstones - 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


The forecast was quite good for today and although I believed most of what I was told, I didn't reckon the promise of blue skies from the outset would turn out to be right. So, I had an extra hour in bed and turned up just as the cloud began to show signs of breaking up. It wasn't a long walk anyway so setting off a bit later didn't make much difference.
Here I'm looking back down towards Hartsop. More often than not I'd do this walk or walks similar to this the opposite way around. Today, I just fancied setting off from Hartsop instead of Patterdale.

From here you get a good view of the point at which Hayeswater Gill (bottom of the picture) and Pasture Beck (top of the picture) join forces next to the ruins of Myers Head Lead Mine. There always seems to be far more water in Pasture Beck than the catchment area would suggest.

Gray Crag fills the scene as you walk up here and at this time of year it blocks out the sun for part of the morning.

A close up of Gavel Pike and St Sunday Crag.

It was sheltered from the breeze on here and I was warming up nicely so I stopped to take off my jacket and roll my sleeves up. This coincided with getting my first sunshine of the day so it only seemed right to take a picture. It looks like someone has left their rucksack behind so there's only one thing to do.
"What's that, hand it in to the Police"
"No, have a look to see if there's anything valuable that I might like to keep"

I'm not sure if this used to be an old miners track or a peat track or something, but it seems far too substantial and well placed to be a modern walking route up here.
Whatever its original purpose it offers a great route onto Brock Crags and the other fells in the area.

High Street, Hayeswater, a very shapely Gray Crag and Stony Cove Pike.

It's not very often I fail to see any Deer when I walk in this area. So if you happen to walk here you just have to be aware that they're probably around somewhere and then keep a sharp eye out for them. Today I spotted them on the Prison Crag side of Satura Crag. Always good to see!


As I reach the Brock Crags path Angle Tarn and Angletarn Pikes come into view

Sunshine on Glenridding.

Brock Crags sits out on a limb from the main ridge route and this is the usual place where people leave ( and or ) regain the ridge from Brock Crags. Above the gate posts is Rest Dodd. Everything seems to blend in together when conditions are like this which may give the impression that distant places are much closer / easier to reach than they actually are.

With the slightest of de-tours onto the higher ground above the path you get this view down to Bannerdale and across to the fells.

Angle Tarn and Angletarn Pikes.

Looking back and I got a more complete view of Angletarn.

Angletarn Pike's north top seen from the slightly lower southern top.


The view over Angle Tarn to Rest Dodd, Brock Crags and the High Street area. No wonder this is my favourite fell.

Turning around, I could see there was much more cloud over on the eastern fells.

And here's another close up of Glenridding. The fells behind are Glenridding Dodd, Sheffield Pike and Hart Side.

Rather than take the normal path from here to Boredale Hause I took a slightly off path and what feels like a more direct route. In reality I joined up with a path half way down and this is probably less direct than the 'normal' route. It does make a nice alternative however.

Eastern fells seen over Boredale Hause. The most pointed of the fells you can see is Catstye Cam.

I know could have taken the other path down from Boredale Hause which would have got me to Hartsop a little quicker, but I wasn't in any hurry to get back so I went this way instead. Down to the houses and turn sharp left onto the track which runs out of the left hand side of the picture.


Not that way otherwise you'll end up walking towards Ullswater.

This picture was taken as I walked through Rooking. If you walk along the road on the left it takes you into Patterdale.





Angletarn Beck crosses my route and although there's a bridge, you often need to step into the water to complete the crossing and get through a gate on the opposite side. I wonder how long it takes the water to get from Angle Tarn to this point. Perhaps I should have thrown a stick into the water at the tarn's outflow, ran down here and then waited for it to get this far, , , , actually that's stupid but I'm still curious about how long it takes.

By the look of this, I'm pleased I didn't try to walk along here a couple of weeks ago.


Almost back at Hartsop now and that's Gray Crag still filling the scene.

Perfect timing as it turned out. While walking through the village the rain started so with only a couple of hundred yards left to walk I didn't bother ratching about in the bag for waterproofs. (Ratching - there's a good Cumbrian word for you)

David Hall -
Lake District Walks