29th January 2011

Blue sky and sunshine on four fells above Patterdale


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 14.30
Duration 5 hr 30 min
Distance 11.2 mile
Ascent 3200 ft
Walking with On my own
Patterdale - Rooking - Boredale Hause - Angletarn Pike - AngleTarn - Brock Crags - Satura Crag - Yewgrove Gill - The Nab - Rast Dodd - Hayeswater - Hartsop - Beckstones - Rooking - 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

Shady reflections in Goldrill Beck and a sunlit Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike.

Take notice of the sign otherwise you'll end up walking to Ullswater.

To commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond jubilee.
She succeeded her uncle, William IV, in 1837, at the age of 18, and her reign lasted until 1901. In 1840, she married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Together had a family of nine children (5 girls and 4 boys), many of whom eventually married into the European monarchy.
  There are several other identical seats in this area. One of these days I'll put pictures of them all together in one group.

A close up of a frosty Patterdale.

And a close up of Glenridding, Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike.

Looking across towards Place Fell.

The eastern fells looked so clear today. This picture shows a line of fells from Hart Crag and Fairfield on the left to St Sunday Crag which from here looks like the highest of them all, and across to the Helvellyn Fells towards the right hand side of teh picture.

Turning a little to the right and Ullswater now comes into view, along with Sheffield Pike, Hart Side and Blencathra in the far distance (to name only a few).

Looking at Angletarn Pikes slightly lower southern top from the slightly higher northern top, , , , and now

looking back to the slightly higher northern top from the slightly lower southern top.

Turning around, I took this picture of a sunlit Angle Tarn.
The silhouetted fells in the background are, Rest Dodd, Rampsgill Head, The Knott, High Street. Thornthwaite Crag, Gray Crag, Caudale Head and Brock Crags.

Angle Tarn was gorgeous today. I had blue sky, sunshine, no wind and I only saw one other person while I was here (at a distance).

Who would have thought that paradise was only an hour and a half's walk from Patterdale.

The little pointed fell on the left of the picture is Catstye Cam.

Rather then take the 'normal' route to Brock Crags, I headed off path and took a route through what is normally a rather boggy area. There was no need to worry about wet feet today as the whole place was frozen solid.
Here you see Angle Tarn and Angletarn Pikes, on the left.

At Brock Crags summit and looking across to High Street, Thornthwaite Crag and Caudale Moor. Although from this angle it's Gray Crag that dominates the scene.

This gateway is found at the point where the path from Brock Crags joins up with the main route coming across from Angle Tarn.

And a picture of another gateway, only this one is nowhere near a main route. This gate leads onto the northwest ridge on Rest Dodd, which offers a nice alternative to simply doing an out and back ridge walk to The Nab. I should point out that although I've walked through this area to get to The Nab quite a few times, the exact route I took today is not one I'd recommend, particularly if you're not too experienced at walking off path. (more on this later)

"Tussocks to this, I need to get up onto the ridge"
"What did you say"
"Tussocks, I said tussocks, , , you know, , those big clumps of grass"

Given that the ground was frozen I thought it would be a good idea to head straight through the peat hags rather than walk below them and then head up to the summit as I've done in the past. Talk about making things unnecessarily hard for yourself. Some of these sections are waist deep and getting in and out of them was not easy. Next time I'll stick to the lower ground and then take the steep route up to the top.

Just past The Nab summit with a view down to Martindale.

The Nab summit.
Rest Dodd looks a long way from here.

If you'd came along earlier you could have had some fruit cake, but I'm afraid I've eaten the lot.

A view back to The Nab.

Rest Dodd, taken just before I turned off and headed towards Hayeswater. I would have taken a picture of the summit, but a large group of people had decided they wanted it for themselves.

Almost down to Hayeswater.

This is a lovely walk down from Hayeswater to Hartsop and although the picture doesn't show any of them, I was surprised at the number of people I passed on route. Perhaps there was something going on at Hayeswater that I didn't know about, , , ,

Looking up to Gray Crag.

A view back into Hartsop.
The fell on the middle skyline is The Knott.

I think the Romans would have been happy to build a road as straight as this.

I took this picture about half way between Hartsop and Rooking. The track on the left leads across the fields to Deepdale Bridge.

Walking through the woods near Crookabeck; the buildings you can see ahead of me.

Well that was a fantastic walk. The sun had shone all day, I'd visited my favourite fell (Angletarn Pikes), Angle Tarn was as nice as I'd ever seen it, and I learnt that taking a shortcut isn't always a good idea.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks