Angle Tarn and Brock Crags.

Start. Patterdale.

Route. Patterdale - Rooking Gill - Boredale Hause - Stony Rigg - Angle Tarn - Satura Crag - Brock Crags - Calf Close Wood - Dubhow - Beckstones - Crookabeck - Rooking - Patterdale.

Notes. Nestled in a hollow around the 1500ft contour Angle Tarn is considered to be one of the most beautiful spots in the Lake District, old Wainwright described it as “among the best of Lakeland tarns” it's not my favourite spot and certainly not my choice when it comes to tarns, no my favourite is another, that shall remain my secret, my secret alone. The reason I walked there today, well the weather forecast was abysmal, I thought it may be sheltered, I couldn't have been more wrong, I could chop and change my route to suite, which I did. Come along the weather was terrible, let me get soaked you just enjoy what views there was.

I left Patterdale via the lane that runs across the valley to a small cluster of houses including Rooking, from the small scattering of homes I gained access to the path ascending to the mountain crossroads of Boredale Hause. Many tracks cut across this coll, I opted for the one heading south, after fording Stonebarrow Gill I ascended into a narrow high valley, as luck would have it (bad luck) the weather that had been threatening since I set out arrived, strong wind supported by rain, hale, sleet and snow, it was horrendous, all funnelled through this narrow pass, including me, the noise was deafening, I'd liken it to the arrival of a steam train running straight through my head, invisible hands forced me forwards. I had intended to ascend Angletarn Pikes but the tempest forced a change of mind. Once in the shelter of the pikes I rested and assessed my situation.

After abandoning any thoughts of climbing Angletarn Pikes, the decision was made to follow the main trod to Satura Crag, then if the weather gods would allow nip to the summit of Brock Crags, where if the wind direction didn't change, I should be able to hanker down under the summit and grab an early lunch. A lot of maybes but that's exactly what I did.

Lunch over, in an attempt to take some photos from the summit, I got blown off my feet not once but twice, then the weather gods unloaded their arsenal yet again it was time to head off the hill. I re-traced my steps towards Satura Crag, before reaching said crag a gap in a wall marked the start of a wonderful path swinging round the vast girth of Brock Crags, this was my route to the valley bottom. Few people walk this path, two reasons spring to mind, descending as I was it's very boggy at the offset, once you've braved the soft stuff an exquisite path will guide you down, from the bottom in Calf Close Wood fallen trees block the way, moss and shifting boulders make for a seriously unstable start, between top and bottom possibly the best stretch of path in Lakeland.

Once I'd crossed the bog's at the start of my descent and teetered through Calf Close Wood at the foot I was left with an easy walk back to Patterdale. The valley was wind free with just persistent rain dogging my progress. My route followed well walked paths passed a number of typical Lakeland farmsteads, with one surprise, one gem worth stopping to admire, not marked on the OS map a wonderful set of cataracts plunges down the fell side, Angletarn Beck in one hell of an hurry to reach the valley floor.

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Under a light dusting of snow, High Spying How seen over Patterdale.

I've only just started ascending, looking back to rain sweeping down the Grisedale and Glenridding valleys, viewing sylvan Keldas backed by Birkhouse Moor.

Looking to Kirkstone Pass and the mountains closing the head of Patterdale, Hartsop Dodd and Coudale Moor with Red Screes to the right.

Over the head of Ullswater, Sheffield Pike and Glenridding Dodd. on view from Boredale Hause.

Near Stony Rigg looking back to the southern slopes of Place Fell.

Grey on the far horizon Hallin Fell.

Above Dubhow Crag enjoying a stunning view to Brothers Water, even on a grey day like today.

Through a melting pot of rain, hale, sleet and snow Angle Tarn.

A spectacular view between the showers, Cat Crag across Angle Tarn with St Sunday Crag on the horizon.

Under heavy cloud Helvellyn, with High Spying How to the left and Catstye Cam carrying a little snow.

To the south of Angle Tarn following this well walked path.

Standing on a grassy shelf above Buck Crag drinking in stunning views over Birkhouse Moor to the snow covered White Side and Glenridding Common.

Views down Bannerdale to Martindale backed by the Steel Knotts ridge.

From the summit of Brock Crags views to Place Fell with heavy weather washing the head of Ullswater.

High Street and Gray Crag as seen from the summit of Brock Crags.

Viewing Brothers Water and Hartsop above How from the weather beaten summit of Brock Crags.

Under the summit of Brock Crags this tract of boggy ground allows some respite from the ferocious weather.

The Knott and the great monster of High Street seen as I leave Brock Crags.

Seen over the valley of Hayeswater Gill the grey bulk of High Street with Gray Crag rising bell like to the right.

The boiling cataracts of Angletarn Beck, it's a poor picture the camera lens is covered in water, and some clowns built a foot-bridge in the middle of the view.

Near Dubhow looking to the head of Patterdale, Red Screes, High Hartsop Dodd and sylvan Hartsop above How the dominant peaks.

Near Rooking looking to a rain washed Sheffield Pike.

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