Angle Tarn

Angletarn Pikes

Route: Angletarn Pikes

Area: Far Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 24th October 2018

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 7.0 miles

Ascent: 1,900 feet

Weather: Sunny and quite warm, clouding over a little later on

The weather in the western part of the district was miserable and gloomy this morning, but the excellent Mountain Weather Information Service forecast sunshine in the east, so I made an early start and headed in that direction. As I turned off for Ullswater sure enough the clag and murk disappeared and was replaced by sun and blue skies

I parked in the small car park at the far end of the lovely unspoilt hamlet of Hartsop and headed uphill along a track past some sheep pens. I was following a route which Gilly and I had walked in March 2016, but on that occasion we’d been beset by snow, hail and gale force winds, and so we didn’t see much of the landscape. Today’s clear weather provided a chance to rectify that

After a steady uphill climb I reached a footbridge over Hayeswater Gill, which I crossed, and then continued to a point near the foot of Hayeswater where I heard the loud bellowing of a red deer stag. A little further up I spotted a herd of deer and from this point until the eventual descent the fells echoed to the sound of roaring stags. The Nab, which is nearby, is home to the oldest red deer herd in England – click here (and scroll down) for some close up photos taken on a previous walk up Beda Fell

Beyond Hayeswater I climbed up to reach Satura Crag, a rocky prominence from which there are some superb views. Angle Tarn then came into view, with my objective Angletarn Pikes beyond it. I followed the rocky undulating path past the tarn and its two small islands and then scrambled up to the summit of Angletarn Pikes – the views from here were glorious

I descended to Boredale Hause, enjoying views of Ullswater as I did so, and at the hause turned south to follow the path back to Hartsop to the end of a wonderful walk

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