14th October 2012

Angletarn Pikes, Angle Tarn, Hayeswater and Hartsop


Walk Overview
Time 09.45 to 14.30
Duration 4 hr 45 min
Distance 8 mile
Ascent 2000 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Andrew & Anne Leaney
Patterdale - Boredale Hause - Angletarn Pikes - Angle Tarn - Satura Crag - 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

Apart from meeting at Patterdale, today's walk was unplanned and therefore made up of a series of "where do you want to go next" discussions. After each show of hands we then adopted the same procedure as all other democracies in the world whereby the nominated leader still told us what to do. It's just as well there are people out there that are prepared to take on this type of responsibility, , , , , as I said at the time "some people are born to lead and some are born to follow".

Sunshine through the valley leading into Deepdale.

A view backwards from the path up to Boredale Hause shows Patterdale and the end of Ullswater. Up on the skyline you can see Helvellyn topped with cloud.


Down there is Brothers Water, seemingly taking up enough space to prevent access to the head of the valley.

Above Boredale Hause now and looking over to Place Fell.

There are quite a few fell tops for you to see here from Rest Dodd on the left of the picture to Stony Cove Pike on the right. In between are (in no particular order) Brock Crags, High Street, Gray Crag, Thornthwaite Crag The Knott and Rampsgill Head.

Looking down to Deepdale with Hartsop Above How wrapping itself around the left side of the valley. On the right hand side are Arnison Crag, Birks and St Sunday Crag.

Angle Tarn seen from the southern top on Angletarn Pikes. If you look carefully you can see Jennifer and Anne standing by the tarn. The ladies decided to head straight down to the tarn leaving Andrew and myself to walk over the tops of Angletarn Pikes.

Okay, perhaps I was expecting too much of you're eyesight so here's a close up.

There wasn't a breath of wind up here today as these reflections show. A bit of sunshine would have been nice to show off the colours but you can't have everything.


Tarn gazing.

Taking the slightly higher ground from the rest of the group, I took this photo of Bannerdale.

At a quick glance, it looks like Jennifer is turning around and sticking two fingers up at me. Perhaps she is, I just can't tell for certain.
As we walked along here we could hear the sound of rutting deer over on the area around The Nab. If you've ever heard this you'll know how eerie the sound can be. Had the cloud been down, it would have been a little unnerving.

Hayeswater comes into sight.

A large group of walkers head towards the wet and muddy section of the walk.

Once the water is out of the tarn, it becomes Hayeswater Gill.

This is Hayeswater's outflow seen below High Street. I thought there would have been more water than this flowing over the edge of the dam.

Walking down towards Hartsop. If you want, you have the option to take the narrow path past the filter house. For no reason at all, we stuck to this track all the way to the village.

Gray Crag seen from the bridge over Hayeswater Gill.

Pasture Bottom leading up to Threshthwaite Mouth.

Once we were past Hartsop the sun came out for a little while and quite warm it was too.

Now for the lovely walk back through the valley to Patterdale.


Crookley Cottage.

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