Brock Crags and Angletarn Pikes from Deepdale Bridge.

Start. Deepdale Bridge Patterdale.

Route. Deepdale Bridge - Dubhow - Calf Close Wood - Brock Crags - Cat Crag - Angle Tarn - Angletarn Pikes (South) - Angletarn Pikes (North) - Boredale Hause - Deepdale Bridge.

Notes. Today I woke to slate grey skies, no sun to cast shadows across the landforms of Lakeland. I opened the map sheet to see Angle Tarn staring back at me, my mind made up, a short walk to this delightful little tarn in the hills above Patterdale, bag a few summits en route and home in time for a certain football match, (which as it happened I wished I'd never bothered watching). After driving through thick mist and low cloud I crossed Kirkstone Pass to be greeted by sunshine and scudding cloud, totally unexpected, I couldn't help but wonder how long before the cloud and mist that accompanied me from Kendal spilled over the high fells to spoil today's views, unfortunately I didn't take long.

I left Deepdale Bridge striding out on a bridleway that carried me east through green pastures alive with spring lambs. Crossing Goldrill Beck to access another bridleway signed Hartsop, I followed this track past the ruined farmstead at Dubhow before reaching the spectacular cataracts of Angletarn Beck, here I left the bridleway. A gate allowed access to a footpath also leading to Hartsop, but first passing through Calf Close Wood, this delightful oak woodland marked the start of a long ascent. Steep and loose at first before leveling off. After surrendering a little height I stepped onto a wonderful green track ascending across the steep slopes of Brock Crags, I can only assume this was once a quarry track used to sled hard earned slate to the valley floor, or maybe peat to fuel the fires in the hearths of Hartsop, or perhaps a water leat. I passed a couple of lengths of old discarded cast iron water pipe further down the path, any local historians out there, please feel free to get in touch.

My long climb continued with views opening up through Pasture Beck Bottom and Hayeswater, eventually the path swung north depositing me on the summit of Brock Crags. The cloud that had been threatening all morning finally spilled over the high fells to the south, sheets of the fluffy stuff drifting past threatening to block out the views. On a green path through dancing mist I casually strolled crossing Cat Crag before fording the outflow of Angle Tarn. I ascended the pikes from the northeast corner, a good path guided me up the hill, I left it to cross boggy ground that guards the summits, I climbed the south summit first before making the short walk and ascent of the north. The Round How face of Place Fell dominates the view to the north, between me and those steep slopes Boredale Hause, a real mountain crossroads. I picked a spot on the pass and headed directly for it, half a mile later I stepped onto Boredale Hause to start the final stage of my descent. Down hill on a bridleway heading south, following the line of a water main I soon stepped onto the bridleway I left earlier, all that remained to re-trace my steps back to Deepdale Bridge.

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Cloud dances across the crags of Fairfield seen from Deepdale Bridge.

Arnison Crag above Patterdale.

Hartsop Dodd looms above the green fields of the Patterdale Valley.

Wreathed in cloud Fairfield, seen from the fields at Deepdale Bridge.

Hartsop Dodd backed by Caudale Moor, with a rather ominous bank of cloud about to spill over the summits.

A wild sky at the head of Deepdale.

About to cross Goldrill Beck looking to Place Fell.

In sunlight Sheffield Pike, in shade Glenridding Dodd.

Viewing Calf Close Wood and the cascades of Angletarn Beck, with cloud tumbling over the summit of Hartsop Dodd.

Rising from Deepdale, Lord's Seat with the Gavel Pike face of St Sunday Crag in shadow.

The path through Calf Close Wood.

Free of the foliage with views to Arnison Crag.

Wrapped in swirling cloud Raven Crag above Pasture Beck Bottom.

Sunlight catches the surface of Brothers Water with the sylvan slopes of Hartsop above How rising behind.

Cloud fills the valley head, an atmospheric view up Pasture Beck Bottom.

Brothers Water in the shadow of Hartsop above How, seen from the for mentioned path traversing the steep slopes of Brock Crags.

The slopes get steeper as the cloud creeps nearer.

The sharp profile of Grey Crag rising above the valley of Hayeswater Gill.

Sea King search and rescue with the steep slopes of High Street as a backdrop.

The summit Brock Crags.

Seen from the summit of Brock Crags the cliffs of Rampsgill Head.

Stepping across Angletarn Beck.

Nestling in a hollow above Patterdale, Angle Tarn seen from the south summit of Angletarn Pikes.

Looking towards Grey Crag and Caudale Moor from the coll between Angletarn Pikes north and south tops.

Dwarfed by the landscape, the small settlement of Glenridding sits on the edge of Ullswater forever in the shadow of Sheffield Pike.

On the descent from Boredale Hause looking to Sheffield Pike and Glenridding Dodd.

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