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Angletarn Pikes

November 1, 2018

Angletarn Pikes overlook one of the most beautiful tarns in the Lake District, Angle Tarn. Surrounded on all sides by craggy mountains the tarn is perfect to loiter and enjoy.

The Walk

1857′. I have included considerable numbers of fells in this area of the Lakeland for a reason – almost without fail they offer some of the most interesting walks in the Lake District. Angletarn Pikes has always been a popular climb, principally due to the magnificent tarn which sits between itself and Brock Crags. Angle Tarn is not smooth sided, deep and a little cold as many Lakeland Tarns are (although some fools see that as a challenge and you can sometimes see people even breaking ice to have a swim) but enjoys a wide basin surrounded by low craggy hills and punctured by inlets and grassy knolls.

The Pikes themselves are often bypassed by those intent on seeking the pleasures of the tarn but they are worth a pleasant scramble to the twin summits. The highest point is on the northern outcrop albeit with the smaller cairn. Hartsop is a pleasant starting point and it matters little which route up is taken, I headed first towards Ullswater and Boredale Hause which lies between Place Fell and Angletarn Crags and returned via Hayeswater. Both walks are on stony paths and are at times steep but they have something in common, they are both very rewarding.

The track up from Glenridding is part of the Coast to Coast. It eventually emerges on to the High Street ridge and the spectacular summit of Kidsty Pike before plunging in to Haweswater. It is one of the best days on the crossing.


Add Brock Crags to the walk for the views over upper Ullswater.

Angletarn Pikes is one of my favourite 25 walks in the Lake District

Navigation Tips on Angletarn Crags

Angletarn Pikes and the descent are all off the main path. Sheep tracks lead the walker astray so just follow your instinct on to the crags themselves. A bit of a scramble can be a lot of fun. On the descent a sheep track does lead to Brock Crags but from here follow the wall south on your descent to a path just above a second wall.

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