Angletarn Pikes

Angletarn Pikes

Far Eastern Lake District

Route: Angletarn Pikes

Area: Far Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 14th October 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 7.1 miles

Ascnet: 1,500 feet

Weather: Sun and blue skies, clouded over halfway

The Martindale area is well known as a sanctuary for red deer and it’s also well known that mid October is rutting time. A walk up Angletarn Pikes would satisfy today’s ambition to climb a fell and see some wildlife action while doing so

Alfred Wainwright – as ever – suggested the best route. After parking by Martindale Old Church we followed the path along the valley to Dalehead. Instead of turning directly uphill, we followed a route recommended by Wainwright which passes below Heck Crag but which has ‘fallen out of favour simply because few now know of it’. I have no idea why the route has fallen out of favour as it was wonderful every step of the way, and enhanced by the solitude, the roaring of the red deer stags and the screeching of buzzards. We saw no-one else on the path and it was an absolute delight

We emerged above Angle Tarn – a beautiful scene – and after enjoying our picnic we carried on round the tarn to ascend Angletarn Pikes. Our descent route took us along the ridge of the fell as far as Bedafell Knott, where we turned off the main path and then descended the flanks of the fell before rejoining the path back to the start

For much of the time today we were accompanied by the sound of bellowing stags laying claim to their harems and warning off rivals. It was a wonderful soundtrack to a perfect walk

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