Angle Tarn (The Connoisseurs Route).

Start. Patterdale.

Route. Patterdale - Boredale Hause - Freeze Beck - Beda Fell Knott - Heckbeck Head - Angle Tarn - Satura Crag - Calf Close Wood - Beckstones - Crookabeck - Rooking - Patterdale.

Notes. Today I set foot on one of the most popular paths in Lakeland, the Coast to Coast route ascending Boredale Hause, my destination Angle Tarn hidden in the folds of the hills above Patterdale, but never fear my approach was quiet, from the north on a wonderful green trod with stunning views to boot, shall we call this The Connoisseurs Route. My descent topped that, across the southern slopes of Brock Crag, another unspoiled Lakeland path, gifting the adventurous walker with wonderful views through valleys hidden by encroaching Lakeland mountains. It's a short walk to one of the most visited (on foot) tarns in the Lake District, the people count was zero, I had the hills to myself, come along I think you'll enjoy it.

My day started battling through a snow storm, head down as I crossed Goldrill Bridge heading for one of two obvious paths ascending the fell side, both guide the walker to Boredale Hause, both are equally steep. I left the hause heading in a north-easterly direction, a green path guided me towards Beda Fell, after fording Freeze Beck the path cut across the fell side, a couple of heart stopping moments followed as I was forced to cross steep snow slopes, no crampons made this difficult, it was an awful long way to the valley floor. Welcoming me on the other side a small cairn marking the start of the Beda Fell Ridge, it also marked an obvious path junction, here I turned south. The easy ascent that followed carried me above Heckbeck Head then down easy slopes to Angle Tarn.

My descent route wasn't the easiest to find but was well worth the effort. After following the main path traversing the eastern shore of Angle Tarn I reached the remains of a gate at a wall corner above Sutura Crag, without passing through said gate I left the path. With the wall for company I descended into a shallow boggy valley, after just a few yards I was welcomed by an obvious gap in the wall (the remains of a gate or stile), after passing through said gap, a faint path carried me south across boggy ground to a wire fence, I passed through the remains of a gate to start my descent, I'd no sooner set one foot in front of the other when I stepped onto the path I was hunting for, a wonderful track descending to the valley floor. With lots of fine views I made slow progress, eventually the path passed through Calf Close Wood to deposit me in Patterdale valley. Almost two miles of exquisite valley rambling followed as I made my way back to Patterdale.

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Towering above Patterdale, Birks.

Looking over Patterdale to the wooded slopes of Kildas dwarfed by Birkhouse Moor.

Above Rooking ascending to Boredale Hause viewing the aggressively steep slopes of Hartsop Dodd.

Taking a breather looking to the mountains that guard the head of Patterdale, Hartsop Dodd, Coudale Moor, to the right Middle Dodd backed by Red Screes with the grey ribbon of Kirkstone Pass cutting through the scene.

The Glenridding valley seen across Ullswater with Sheffield Pike dominating the scene.

A stunning view across Patterdale, taking centre stage Arnison Crag backed by Birks with the hidden valley of Deepdale to the left.

Ahead the long ridge of Hartsop above How with it's sylvan slops tumbling towards Brothers Water.

An incredible view over Boredale Hause, the Glenridding valley sandwiched between the slopes of Birkhouse Moor and Sheffield Pike.

Fording Freeze Gill looking to the Round How face of Place Fell.

Teetering along this slippery path looking back to Fairfield and St Sunday Crag.

The Nab and Rest Dodd seen across Bannerdale from near the summit of Bedafell Knott.

Dramatic scenery, The Nab across Bannerdale with Red Crag under cloud rising from Martindale

A light dusting of snow accentuates the path over the long ridge of Beda Fell.

It's an icy wonderland up here today, with breath-taking views to the west, the valleys of Grisedale and Glenridding split by the bulk of Birkhouse Moor.

A small cairn on an un-named rocky knoll with magical views to Place Fell.

Dramatic views into Lakeland valleys, like fingers gouging deep into the folds of the hills.

Across the divide of Boredale Hause, Place Fell rises to the north.

Looking rather imposing across a snow covered fell side, Angletarn Pikes north top.

As I crested the hill I walked into winter weather, a few minutes later and this view would have been swallowed up in Lakeland mist, my first view of Angle Tarn, perfect isn't it? even in bad weather.

Cat Crag as seen across the frozen waters of Angle Tarn.

I've just stepped under the cloud base to be greeted by this view, the valley of Hayeswater Gill, the frighteningly steep slopes of Gray Crag and shrouded in mist High Street with it's roman road.

Hartsop above How seen over Brothers Water.

Views over Brothers Water.

Dwarfed by the landscape, Patterdale a village in a magnificent setting.

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