Angletarn Pikes

  • Beautiful and accessible tarn
  • Craggy twin peaks
  • Interesting views throughout

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.

Recommend: Add Brock Crags to the walk for the views over upper Ullswater

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL5 The English Lakes North East.Buy Map
Start Point: NY 409131. There is a small car park at the far end of Hartsop. Either route up is as good as the other.
Height to Climb: 449ms (1,473 feet)
Terrain: The tracks are clear and unmissable except for the clamber/scramble over the twin summit areas. Pick your own route here.
Eating & Drinking: There is nothing at Hartsop but the Brothers Water Inn is good as is the Kirkstone Inn. There is a greater choice in Patterdale & Glenridding.
Similar Walks Nearby: Angle Tarn & Hayeswater
Place Fell from Patterdale
St Sunday Crag
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