Walk                 : Angletarn Pikes

                                        Date                 : 21 June 2014

                                        Weather           : Very hot around 27 ° C

                                        Route Details    : Bridgend (A592), Goldrill Beck, Boredale Hause, Angletarn Pikes, Angle Tarn and return

                                        Distance           : approx 5 miles

 

                                                Click here to see which part of Lakeland this walk is situated ….

 

                                        Overview

                                        An absolutely scorching day and probably not the best conditions for climbing 1800 plus feet with over 25 degrees of heat, but this

                                                            gentle” walk is one of those (like Loughrigg) that I would recommend whole heartedly to someone who wanted to get into Lakeland Fell

                                                            walking. The gradients are kind, the views throughout are spectacular and the added bonus at the end of a visit to Angle Tarn make this

                                                            saunter a “must do” half days excursion for anyone in and around the Patterdale area

 

 

Along the A592 towards Patterdale a path between a row of cottages at Deepdale Bridge mark the start of this walk

 

 

Follow the path for a very short distance to arrive at a gate that gives open access across a field that heads towards Goldrill Beck. You can see the

path way sloping up the steep side of Dubhow Crag towards Boredale Hause

 

 

The dip in the middle of the shot is Boredale Hause and a left turn at that point would lead you up to the towering Place Fell

 

 

A striking view of Hartsop Dodd and Caudale Moor in the background from the field crossing

 

 

Looking north across the field towards Glenridding

 

 

We headed straight on along the farm road that crosses Goldrill Beck

 

 

Through the first gate and a sharp right to get on the start of the steady climb. By now the sun was beating down

 

  

 

Through the final gate being careful not to upset the locals

 

 

Just a short way up the path and looking back towards the head of Deepdale with the summits of Hart Crag and Fairfield. To the right, the pointy bit is the distinctive

summit of Gavel Pike which is part of the ridge of St Sunday Crag

 

 

And now the climb starts in earnest, as ever Ste leaves the way

 

 

The south shore of Ullswater and Glenridding

 

 

Looking over to Helvellyn and the sharp peak of Catstye Cam. The winding path going in the centre going up the side of Birkhouse Moor leads to the famous landmark known

as “the Hole in the Wall” which is the gateway to access Striding Edge which can be seen rising sharply heading towards Helvellyn

 

 

Eventually we reach the convergence point of a number of pathways at Boredale Hause

 

 

 

Here we bump into a couple of “enthusiasts” who prefer to ascend the hard way ! - and also the owners of “Nell” who quite frankly is buggered and has no desire to push towards the Pikes

 

 

After a short pause and water break we head on up the path continuing on towards the Pikes whilst Nells’ owners debate how much further to progress

 

 

The path is clearly defined and passes through a short ravine between Rake Crag and Stony Rigg

 

 

Looking back in the opposite direction towards Place Fell

 

 

The cairn markers lead the way towards Angle Tarn

 

 

Hartsop Dodd and Middle Dodd behind Brothers Water

 

 

Just slightly further along the path and for the first time in the walk you actually get to see the twin summits of Angletarn Pikes. At this point you can make your

choice as to which peak to visit and also what path to take. Initially it’s a little confusing having been following something completely unmistakable, but the faint

swathes cut in the grass have foot holds carved in them higher up and make the ascent a bit easier than it looks.

 

 

The summit of the South Tower and Angle Tarn below – absolutely stunning

 

 

Lunchtime

 

 

Surveying the scenery, its just awesome up here, you don’t want to leave and we were fortunate to have the peak to ourselves for a short while

 

 

Looking down on Angle Tarn

 

 

Down at the Tarn  with someone cooling off in the best possible fashion

 

 

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