5th April 2014

Angletarn Pikes, Beda Fell and Ullswater shore from Patterdale


Walk Overview
Time 8am to 2:05pm
Duration 6 hr 5 min
Distance 10.5 mile
Ascent 2300 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney and Paul Sharkey
Patterdale - Rooking - Boredale Hause - Angletarn Pikes - Heck Crag - Bedafell Knott - Beda Fell - Beda Head - Winter Crag - Doe Green - Sandwick - Ullswater shore path back to Patterdale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, opposite Patterdale Hotel / outside the school

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. Those who arrive early can park for free on the pavement just up the road outside the school (not when the school is on).


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


Just along the road from the pay & display car park is Patterdale school and a handy section of pavement. I'm not greedy but if I get here a decent time I can generally get on here and save a few bob. If the school is on I wouldn't do this of course.

It's only 8am so it was still very quiet in Patterdale as we made our way past the shop which was yet to open for business..

Goldrill Beck below a cloud topped Place Fell.

And here it is again, slowly making its way to Ullswater.

Looking down to Patterdale and Ullswater. The fells in the distance were barely visible through the cloud and drizzle.

A misty looking Place Fell.

Up in the cloud on Angletarn Pikes.

Down to the boggy bit we go between Angletarn Pikes and Heck Crag. And I mean boggy!

The views still weren't extensive or clear but we were dropping below the cloud now and we could at least see the ridge ahead of us.

We walked around this bit !!

Beda Head.

Ahead of us you can just about make out two sections of Ullswater.

A slight de-tour took across to the small shelter found just before we began the descent from the ridge.

Photographing the end of the Beda Fell ridge.

Part of Boredale.


Despite the brightening skies up towards High Raise it was actually raining.

It went as quickly as it arrived but we had the sun on us while we were here. Were the forecasters wrong and it was about to clear up, , , , NO!

Looking down to some of the houses and farms in Martindale.

The final steep bit. The house over there is Hallin Bank. Definitely a lovely house in a fantastic place, but I can't help think it's just a bit too far out of the way and not an easy place to get to.

Water on the camera lens and water on my glasses, in fact, everything seemed to be soaked by this point because of the almost constant drizzle. To be honest I don't mind it when the weather is like this. Despite the obvious moisture, I don't feel like I've been out on a rainy day.

Excellent, I've never walked along this path before.

Doe Green.


Seems to be a popular area around here for daffodils.


The damp conditions did little to put folk off today. All along the route we passed people out walking, running, cycling, sitting, standing and one guy even fell off his bike right behind us. It must have hurt, but he did a good job of hiding the fact. I also think he appreciated our concern that he was okay and he didn't seem to mind our humorous take on the event.

This is the bridge over Scalehow Beck and that's Paul who's just realised he was about to be photographed. I had that much water on my glasses I didn't even see him walking into the picture. With many pictures today it was a case of just pointing the camera in the right direction and pressing the button.

Looking across to Gowbarrow Fell.

Two for the price of one.

Misty / drizzly Ullswater and Hallin Fell.

Anyone who thinks all lake shore paths are flat should give this one a try. Although it's deceptively long 3 and a half mile walk with lots of up hill sections like this, the route from Sandwick to Patterdale is a great walk. It's very popular in summer when many people catch the steamer from Glenridding to Howtown and then walk back along here.

On a clear day this viewpoint gives a great view across to Glenridding Dodd, Sheffield Pike and Glencoyne. Andrew described it as "atmospheric" today. We thought that was just a posh way of saying it was cloudy!

Footpath obstruction.

Thankfully it looks like everyone had managed to abandon ship before it hits the rocks.

The view from Silver Point down to Gowbarrow.

and here are the survivors from the steamer. Shipwrecked, no doubt wondering if they'll get a refund on their ticket but for the time being they're settling down for what could be a very long wait before they get rescued. Perhaps someone will cash in on the misfortune of others and make a film about this one day.


If the distant views are hidden, people with cameras have to rely on items of interest much closer to hand to help fill the frame. This old barn fits the need perfectly. I wonder why they built it half in the field and half out of it. Perhaps the wall is was a later addition to the landscape.

Glenridding, seen on the opposite side of the lake.

We're almost back at the cars now and the cloud hadn't really lifted nor dropped on Place Fell all day. We had no long distance views, we were in the cloud around Angletarn Pikes and the drizzle was all but constant throughout the walk. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the day and as an added bonus, I even managed to walk almost half a mile on new ground.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks