Hayeswater & Angle Tarn

  • A quieter corner of popular Ullswater
  • Two contrasting tarns
  • Clear paths throughout

This walk gives a really enjoyable day; full of interest and variety, popular in places but quiet in others. There is such a choice of routes in these ‘Far Eastern’ fells that choosing the best becomes part of the fun. I ended up opting for an ascent of Angletarn Pikes linking through to the High Street ridge, Thornthwaite Crag and completing the full round of Hayeswater. I had not been up to Angle Tarn for a while and it really is a fantastic bit of water; full of inlets and crags which are overseen but not dominated by the surrounding hills.

The walking to High Street is on a major path (part of the Coast to Coast) so I decided to vary the descent by coming off the lesser known ridge of Gray Crag. Coming off this ridge from Thornthwaite Crag is without doubt the finest descent of any major fell in the Lakes. The ridge is initially arrow straight on a grassy path with fabulous views before dropping, seemingly vertically straight in to the deep ravine of Hayeswater Gill. The path is ok for a descent but would be unbearable as steep never ending ascent. The walk starts and finishes in pretty Hartsopp as an additional bonus on this very worthy circuit.

Recommend: The main path bypasses a lot of the main summits on the walk. I would suggest visits to Angletarn Crags, the Knott and even Kidsty Pike as well as High Street.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL5 The English Lakes North East. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 408132. There is parking at Hartsop and a clear bridleway heading north
Height to Climb: 746ms (2,447 feet)
Terrain: There is a bridleway all the way to Thornthwaite Crag so it is advisable to detour at times for some variety - various summits provide this
Eating & Drinking: There is nothing at Hartsop but the Brotherswater Inn and the Kirkstone Inn are better options than those on the banks of Ullswater
Similar Walks Nearby: The Ridges over Dovedale
St Sundays Crag
Helvellyn by the Edges
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