12th October 2014

Angletarn Pikes, Angle Tarn, Brock Crags, and Hayeswater


Walk Overview
Time 10am to 3:30pm
Duration 5 hr 30 min
Distance 8.6 mile
Ascent 2200 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Patterdale - Rooking - Boredale Hause - Angletarn Pikes - Angle Tarn - Brock Crags - Hayeswater - Hartsop - Rooking 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


I don't normally stop to take picture on route to the beginning of a walk but to day talked me into it. As we descended the hill down to the side of Ullswater we saw the final remnants of what was probably a great cloud inversion. Above the cloud you can see Birks and St Sunday Crag.

Goldrill Beck in front of Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike.

All you need to do is walk along the road, pass the shop, cross the bridge and you'll find yourself heading towards Rooking.

A view back shows just how clear the conditions were today but what the picture doesn't show is just how hot it was. Just like summer again, brilliant.

A close up of Glenridding, Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike.

On the opposite side of the valley are Arnison Crag, Birks, St Sunday Crag. To the left of those are Dove Crag, Hart Crag and Fairfield. On the right are Striding Edge and Helvellyn.

Boredale Hause.


A close up of Brothers Water.

And not so close up.

We reach the top of Angletarn Pikes and look across to Deepdale and the eastern fells.

A short walk links the two tops and here we are looking back across to the northern top. Place Fell is behind on the right.

Looking down to Angle Tarn from the slightly lower southern top on Angletarn Pikes.

Angletarn Pikes southern top.

Cloud drama on Fairfield. I'm pleased we were over here enjoying the warm sunshine but it must have been good for anyone over there with the cloud coming and going the way it was.

Looking back to Angletarn Pike(s). Notice the tent next to the path.

Angle Tarn was gorgeous this morning. Peaceful, quiet, crystal clear and with a backdrop like that, I can't think of anywhere else I'd rather be at this moment in time.


Angletarn Pikes seen above the tarn.


We head across to Brock Crags and before Jennifer disappears into the bog never to be seen again, I suggest taking the path on the left and walking round, instead of using the path straight through the middle.

It's a pity nobody has invented a way to take lots of photos in quick succession of each other, and also with a method of playing them back to give the impression of movement. If they had, I may have been able to show you the cloud spilling over Red Screes onto the top of Kirkstone Pass. Perhaps they could call it 'The Movies' or something like that.

Gray Crag in front of Thornthwaite Crag (under cloud).

The colours on the grasses around Brock Crags Tarn were lovely up here today, particularly now that the sky had a few clouds in it to add a some contrast.

A familiar landmark to anyone who has been along here is this gateless gateway which marks the turnoff point from the main path to Brock Crags. Up on the skyline are Rest Dodd, Rampsgill Head and The Knott.


The main aim of today's walk was to visit Hayeswater to see what the tarn looked like now that the workmen have removed the dam, tided the place up and left to pursue other projects.

Blimey, what a great job. Apart from the tidemark, you'd never know there had ever been a dam here.



The new outflow.

The more observant among you will have noticed I've managed to cross Hayeswater Gill without the aid of a bridge. The water at the outflow was about 'top of boot' depth but if you walk quickly enough you can usually manage to make it across with dry feet.

Jennifer chose to make use of the new bridge while I spent time at the tarn. Nice to see it's been built quite high above the beck to keep it out of floods way.

Down to Hartsop we go and as we passed the two cyclists down there one of them commented on how hot it was and "it's really hard work cycling up here today".

The Barn.

Up on the skyline is Threshthwaite Mouth and valley is called Past Ya Bottom.
Actually, it's called Pasture Bottom but I prefer the other name!

Passing through the beautiful village of Hartsop (formerly Low Hartsop). This is one of those places where you feel like all the clocks stopped ticking in 1960 something.

Hartsop Dodd rises abruptly heavenwards; almost from the village itself.

We're off the fell, we've passed through Hartsop and now we have a couple of miles to walk back to Patterdale. I know I've said it before, but this is a lovely route which would still make a good walk if all you did was walk from here to Patterdale and then turned around and walked straight back. I suspect many fell walkers will think I'm talking rubbish.

Looking across the valley floor to Arnison Crag.



Straight ahead for Patterdale, turn left for Deepdale Bridge. If you forget this, , , , just look at the signpost.

Dubhow Farm.

The cottages at Crookabeck. The path avoiding the building is closed.


What a great day that was, I've been on my favourite fell, seen the changes at Hayeswater, enjoyed the autumn scenery and felt a hot sun on my brow. Brilliant, if only conditions could be like this every time I went for a walk.

Before we drive off, I took one last photo. Looking across to Place Fell and Boredale Hause.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks