26th August 2013

Four fells above Patterdale - Angletarn Pikes to Rest Dodd


Walk Overview
Time 9:20am to 2:45pm
Duration 5 hr 25 min
Distance 11 mile
Ascent 3200 ft
Walking with On my own
Patterdale - Rooking - Boredale Hause - Angletarn Pikes - Angle Tarn - Brock Crags - Satura Crag - The Nab - Rest Dodd - Hayeswater - Hayeswater Gill - 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

I knew the weather wasn't going to be rubbish today but I certainly didn't expect this. It was absolutely fantastic; blue sky, sunshine, scorching hot and with the added bonus of it being a bank holiday.

After walking past Patterdale village store and turning left, I crossed the bridge over Goldrill Beck. Birkhouse Moor is up on the left and Sheffield Pike & Glenridding Dodd both appear to be at the end of the beck, which of course they aren't.

The lovely cottage found at the bottom of the Boredale Hause path.

A view across the valley running around and into Deepdale. Apart from the motorbike which was screaming it's way through the valley, it was peaceful and quite here today.

It was roasting hot walking up here and the perspiration running down my face and dripping of my chin told me I should have brought the bigger water bottle. (okay perhaps that's too much information) Anyway: there was only one thing for it and that was to ration the water intake until there was a decent place to fill up, unfortunately there aren't too many places with clean flowing water up here.

I did my good deed for the day at Boredale Hause. Two ladies were standing with map in hand and as I passed them expecting just to pass on a hello, they asked if I was heading to Kidsty Pike. I said I wasn't and the disappointing look on their faces spoke volumes. "I can still set you off in the right direction if you like". We walked together as far as my turning off point for Angletarn Pikes and they carried on with directions that should take them where they want to end up.

That's Place Fell over there.

Brothers Water seen from the path near Dubhow Crag. The low point on the skyline is the top of Kirkstone Pass.

Place Fell, Ullswater, Glenridding, lots of eastern fells and Blencathra in the distance. All seen from Angletarn Pike's northern top.

Standing on top of my favourite fell and looking across to the eastern fells, from here, they're dominated by St Sunday Crag in the centre of the picture.

Looking back across to Angletarn Pikes northern top from the slightly lower southern top.

Four pictures of Angle Tarn, taken from different 'angles' and distances

Brock Crags summit cairn.

A close up of Hart Crag, Hartsop Above How, Fairfield, St Sunday Crag and the higher section of Deepdale.

this time not so close up, but also showing Brothers Water and Dove Crag.

This was the second time I'd been at the gateway. The first time was when I headed across to Brock Crags. It was on the first visit that I caught up with the two ladies and from here (facing in the opposite direction of course) I could point out The Knott, Rampsgill Head and explain exactly where Kidsty Pike (was) is.
Catstye Cam is the pointed fell above the left hand gate post.

Looking down to Bannerdale / Martindale.

Rather than head to the top of Rest Dodd and then dropping down to The Nab I headed across to this gateway where, , , ,   , , , , it's a much easier job just to follow this wall to reach the ridge across to The Nab

The Nab and its infamous peat hags. Actually, the walk across the ridge avoids almost all of them.

I'll walk around this bit.

The Nab summit.

I was going to have something to eat at the top but surprise, surprise, the resident insects had other ideas. ""That's okay" I thought, I'm cleverer than you lot so I'll just walk a bit further across. Unfortunately I underestimated their intelligence and the insects decided to follow me. Right, , , , you win, you obviously don't want me up here so I'll head back across the ridge.

It wasn't wet enough under foot to cause any problems getting across (through) the peat hags today. You often see people hopping about from one clump of grass to another and zigzagging all over the place in the hope of finding that elusive clean route through areas like this. But to be honest, you can generally tell where it's dry enough to safely place your feet so I find it best to pick a line and then try to stick to it. I find the hardest thing is often the big step back up onto the grass. Thankfully we were designed with legs that bend in the middle.

The Nab, seen from in side one of the peat hags   and now from a little further along the ridge.

It was getting seriously hot now so the only way to tackle the steepest climb of the day was at a snails pace.

This is a bit of a rickety old fence and stile. It's only a matter of time until some unsuspecting fell walker grabs the post and pulls the whole lot down on top of themselves. If they're unlucky enough to fall onto the slope, it'll be a heck of a long time before they eventually stop doing cartwheels and tipple overs.
"tipple overs??"
"Erm, , , yes, I'm sure that's what we called them when we were kids"

I've stopped for a breather so I might as well take a photo.

Rest Dodd summit in front of Rampsgill Head, The Knott and High Street (back right).

Still on Rest Dodd, this time with Ullswater in the background.

It's the first time I've walked across here since they 'installed' this new pathway, , , I think it is anyway. I can't see the new surface lasting long, but in the short term at least, it'll certainly be a much easier section of fellside to walk across than it used to be; especially after a few days rain.

Downhill to Hayeswater and on rotue I took this picture of the end of Brothers Water and some of the eastern fells.

Half of Hayeswater and the side of High Street.

Time to cross Hayeswater Tarn and head down to Hartsop.


You have two options to get to Hartsop from Hayeswater. The normal way which is to follow the main path or this narrower path that takes you past the filter house. Both options are equally as good as each other but today, I chose the filter house route because I'd drank all the water I had and needed to fill the water bottle sooner rather than later.

Hayeswater Gill.

There are a few broken slabs of concrete laying around here so it makes me wonder if there used to be a concrete bridge or even a ford across the beck at one time. Whatever the reason, the big slab you can see in front of me was just right to kneel on as I filled the bottle.

Gray Crag seen above the normal route down from Hayeswater.

That's Gray Crag again, this time taken from the walk through Hartsop.

and a third picture of Gray Crag.

I think I've said this before, but it's a lovely walk from here to Patterdale, particularly on a perfect day like this one.

The route takes you through Beckstones farmyard.

The whole weekend has been good but today was just magical. I'd been on my favourite fell, walked about in a lovely area and as for the weather, I couldn't have wished for better.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks