23rd June 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk 56

Three tarns above Hartsop

Time 9:10am to 2:35pm
Duration 5 hr 25 min
Distance 8.1 mile
Ascent 2000 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Cow Bridge - Hartsop - Dubhow - Boredale Hause - Angletarn Pikes - Angle Tarn - Brock Crags Tarn - Brock Crags - Satura Crag - Hayeswater - Hartsop - Cow Bridge (Brothers Water and back to the car)
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Car park, Cow Bridge, Hartsop

Found within easy reach of the beautiful Brothers Water, and Dovedale, the car park at Cow Bridge is a popular place for those who are looking for an easy stroll through picturesque countryside. Those who are looking for a longer day on the higher fells will also find this a great place to begin a walk. The more inventive fell walker will find this a great place to devise less obvious but thoroughly enjoyable routes.

Parking is free.


Route Map


We started walking in warm sunshine and under plenty of blue sky today. There was hardly a breath of wind, we were heading onto my favorite fell in an area I really enjoy and, because it was midweek, there were hardly any other people about. I couldn't ask for much more out of life to be honest.
Here I stand on Cow Bridge looking towards Brothers Water and Middle Dodd / Red Screes.

Summer meadows and blue sky.

A close up of Hart Crag and Fairfield. Very clear conditions this morning.

There are two ways to reach Boredale Hause from this valley. The route from Patterdale itself and this one from further through the valley towards Hartsop. I can only assume that in times gone by this was the more regularly used route because if offers more of a 'proper' track whereas the Patterdale route has the feel of a modern fell walking route.

Here's a view across the valley and into Deepdale.


Before we round the corner and the view vanishes, I turn around for a picture looking into Deepdale and all the way past Brothers Water to Kirkstone Pass.

Place Fell seen from the path above Boredale Hause.

A close up of Brothers Water below Middle Dodd, Red Screes, Little Hart Crag and High Hartsop Dodd.

and now, not so close up.


Looking across to Place Fell. Ullswater and Glenridding are down there in the valley with Sheffield Pike and Glenridding Dodd Behind.

The view from Angletarn Pikes summit.

"They're a bit like insects aren't they?"
"What d'ya mean"
"The warm weather brings them out"

Angle Tarn seen from the top of Angletarn Pikes southern top.

Angletarn Pikes north top seen from the southern top.

That's Jennifer over there in the pink top. She's had a sore knee for a couple of weeks so opted to come straight here while I clambered about on Angletarn Pikes.

The island. I would have liked to swim across but Jennifer forgot to bring a towel. I know; you just can't get decent staff these days!

Angletarn Pikes behind Angle Tarn.


Here you see almost all of Angle Tarn. Just above the tarn on the right is Angletarn Pikes and the eastern fells are in the distance.

Next we pass by Brock Crags Tarn. Quite often a wet and muddy place but at least the route around the edge was dry today.

Someone's stolen all the water.

Brock Crags summit. That's Helvellyn above / behind the top of the cairn.

Looking back across to Angle Tarn.

We look across from Brock Crags summit to see part of Hayeswater. The flat topped fell above the tarn is High Street.


Fed and watered we head back past Brock Crags Tarn.

Back on the main route through the area we walk through the gateway and through the rocky area across Satura Crag.

Zooming in on Hayeswater. The dam which used to be found at the end of the tarn was removed fairly recently and as the water level dropped the inevitable line of dead ground has appeared around the water. I do hope the grasses manage to grow back eventually. It would be a shame if it didn't because this really is a lovely spot.

Hands up if you can remember when this section of fellside was like walking through a mud bath. I can't see the new path lasting a huge length of time (decades or more) but for the time being at least, you can walk across here without getting mud up to your knees.

Time to lose height now and make our way back down to Hartsop and the end of the walk. IT blends in pretty well with the surroundings but you can see Brothers Water down there at the far end of the fields.


Hayeswater's outflow. This is where the dam used to be.

We pass by the old farm building on route to Hartsop.

"If you move out of the way I'll see Pasture Bottom"
"It's not that big, , , , , , , "

Heaing through Hartsop.

Gray Crag and Hartsop Dodd seen from Cow Bridge.

Brothers Water wasn't on today's route but, as we were in no rush and we were parked really close, we put all our gear in the car and had a short walk there and back, or should that be here and back. Anyway: this is Brothers Water.

Looking across to Brock Crags.

And to finish, a picture of Hartsop below Brock Crags The Knott and Gray Crag.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks