Angletarn Pikes

Angletarn Pikes

Route: Angletarn Pikes

Area: Far Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 18th January 2020

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 7.0 miles

Ascent: 1,900 feet

Weather: perfect

I’d intended to climb Angletarn Pikes yesterday, but the weather was dull so I walked round nearby Brothers Water instead – click here for that. Saving Angletarn Pikes for a day such as this proved to be a good decision – the photos will explain why 

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 followed a stony track uphill beside Hayeswater Gill, which was  easy going all the way. Just before Hayeswater I turned left to cross a footbridge over the gill where I joined a steeper grassy path, eventually gaining the ridge leading to Satura Crag. I kept a sharp lookout for red deer, as I’d seen a herd last time I was here. 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. I was out of luck today, but no matter as the weather was perfect and the surrounding fells were seen at their best

I soon arrived at Satura Crag, a rocky prominence from which there are some superb views and a couple of attractive unnamed tarns. I continued along the ridge and after a few minutes 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 clambered up to the summit of Angletarn Pikes – the views from here were glorious. There are two pikes at the summit and I visited both of them today. The southern one has a good view of Angle Tarn, and Ullswater can be seen from the northern one, which is slightly higher. The Maps Page doesn’t record my exact track in the summit area, as I meandered around here for some time exploring the various nooks and crannies and different viewpoints. However navigation here isn’t difficult and it’s best to make your own way around depending on weather and time available

Having drunk my fill of the surrounding scenery I descended to Boredale Hause, enjoying ever improving views of Ullswater as I did so. On reaching the hause I turned south (left) to follow the path back to Hartsop. Part of this was the same path I trod yesterday – it’s a delight every step of the way. This was a wonderful end to a wonderful walk – one of the best

Previous time here

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