Four Tops above Patterdale.

Start. Patterdale.

Route. Patterdale - Boredale Hause - Angletarn Pikes (North Top) - Angletarn Pikes (South Top) - Angletarn Beck - Cat Crag - Brock Crags - Satura Crag - Rest Dodd - Sulphury Gill - Haweswater Gill - Filter House - Calf Close Wood - Angletarn Beck - Dubhow - Beckstones - Crookabeck - Patterdale.

Notes. Angletarn Pikes distinct twin summits, two shapely peaks that draw the eye from miles around, easy scrambles or steep climbs over grass, take your pick, but the best thing about these partners in crime, the view over Angle Tarn is staggering. You've put in the effort so take your time drink in the atmosphere, enjoy the vistas.

Brock Crags possably my favourite hill in the whole of the Lake District, it may lack the charm of other hills, it's summit cairn guarded by boggy ground but the views will blow you away, make you feel somewhat insignificant in the company of much bigger mountains.

Finally Rest Dodd a dome overlooking secluded Martindale and Bannerdale, in all honesty why would anybody want to climb it unless they're a compulsive list ticker, well few people do, you'll probably have the 2.283ft top to yourself. Again sit and enjoy the mountain scenery rising around you, if you're lucky you may catch sight of a herd of deer, the oldest natural herd of Red Deer in the country roam these steep fell sides.

These are the quiet hills, come at weekends the main path will be busy with hoards of Angle Tarn faithful and High Street oficionados, but you don't have to walk with the crowds, follow in my foot fall and I'll guarantee the hills will be yours to enjoy alone.

My day started in Patterdale heading across the valley to access the twin paths ascending to the mountain cross roads of Boredale Hause. After fording Stonebarrow Gill I climbed through a deep cleft, emerging into stunning views over Brothers Water and surrounding hills. Confronted by a path junction above Dubhow Beck I opted for the left hand path, the path to the right traverses Dubhow Brow, it's a stunning route but my way was to Angletarn Pikes. Around the 1.670 ft contour at grid NY 412 148 a green trod cut under the rocky crown of Angletarn Pikes (North Top), this I followed onto the summit.

I spent some time amongst slate fingers breaking through the fragile top soil, had a brew, took some snaps before letting a green trod guide me to the south summit and those stunning views over Angle Tarn. The short descent that followed deposited me on the main trod, where all the people are, I walked straight across descending to Angletarn Beck to pick up a wonderful green path that guided me over Cat Crag and into amazing views from Brock Crags. After sitting a while I continued this peak bagging odyssey, east over boggy ground to join the main path. I picked my way across the ridge of Satura Crag to access another green trod, this time ascending the steep slopes of Rest Dodd. The climb looks steeper than it is, this puts people off, you may need a rest on the summit you may not, stop anyway to savour the awesome valley and mountain scenery.

With a green path still under foot I descended to the south to access a wall corner, the path continued down hill, I continued with it to reach the main trod once more. Again I ignored this path continuing down hill to Hayeswater Gill, a foot-bridge ushered me over the water filled ravine to access a landrover track linking Hartsop to Hayeswater and the foot-path to High Street. It was quiet today I had the stoney track to myself for the short descent to another foot-bridge. I crossed the beck once more to access a filter house, but of far more interest, the Hayeswater Aqueduct, a pipeline layered across the lower slopes of Brock Crags, an excellent footpath, my guide back to the valley bottom.

With a green path under my boot soles I wandered on, the steep unforgiving slopes of Brock Crags to my right, a deer fence my left. This path more or less follows the contours of the hill side, great for tired legs, unfortunately it ends with a steep slippery descent through Calf Close Wood. Loose rock, fallen trees, slimy tree roots and lots of moss and mud all add up to a real ankle breaker. If you make it to the valley floor safely as I did you're in for an easy level walk back to Patterdale, not forgetting to stop and enjoy the spectacle of Angletarn Beck thundering down the fell side.

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Rising high above Patterdale village, the snow painted cliffs of Helvellyn and the Striding Edge approach.

Lit by the morning sun, Patterdale and Deepdale, in shadow the wonderful ridge walk that is Hartsop above How.

Seen over sun lit lowlands of Patterdale and the head of Ullswater, Sheffield Pike above Glenridding.

Heading up one of the twin paths to Boredale Hause with this stunning view for company, the shaded ridge leading to Arnison Crag, the dominant sunlit ridge of Thornhow End and the snow capped summit of Birkhouse Moor.

A glimpse of the picturesque, the shadowed slopes of Hartsop above How leading to a snow veiled Hart Crag and the Deepdale cliffs of Fairfield.

Spectacular view from Boredale Hause, Arnison Crag backed by St Sunday Crag.

Carrying a cap of cloud Sheffield Pike.

Looking back to Place Fell from the deep cleft mentioned in the text above.

Stunning views from above Dubhow Crag, Brothers Water dwarfed by mighty Red Screes with High Hartsop Dodd to the right and the Kirkstone Pass the left.

The summit of Angletarn Pikes (North Top) with views to rolling summits of Loadpot Hill and Wether Hill.

Powerful views from Angletarn Pikes (North Top), from left to right Hartsop Dodd leading to Caudale Moor, Red Screes closing the head of the valley, High Hartsop Dodd guiding the eye to Dove Crag and finally the sylvan slopes of Hartsop above How falling to the shore of Brothers Water.

Soaking up the views over Angle Tarn from the south summit, Angletarn Pikes.

A glimpse of Rest Dodd over the shadowed cliffs at the head of Bannerdale, in front of the bank of cloud hiding Rampsgill Head.

Viewing Angletarn Pikes over Cat Crag from a path less walked on the west side of Angle Tarn.

This is Brock Crags and this is one of the timeless views from the summit, stunning isn't it, the flat top of High Street in stark contrast to the sharp ridge of Gray Crag with Caudale Moor to the right.

Seen from the summit Brock Crags the lit ridge of Hartsop above How leading to a cloud kissed Hart Crag with Dove Crag to the left and Fairfield the right, far right over Deepdale St Sunday Crag.

Brock Crags one of Lakeland's delightful secret corners, the view High Street above Hayeswater.

Ascending Rest Dodd with this unfolding panorama for company, directly in front of me Buck Crag with the Helvellyn massif reaching across the horizon.

Cloud bubbles over the summit of High Street.

The wild emptiness of Rest Dodd with views to the cliffs and petrified rock of Rampsgill Head.

Looking to High Street over the benign slopes of The Knott.

Trapped in time Rampsgill Head.

Hayeswater backed by High Street.

Hayeswater Gill looking to High Street.

Striding out on a wonderful green trod that follows the line of the Hayeswater Aqueduct, viewing The Knott over the lower slopes of Gray Crag.

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