Angle Tarn with Surprises!
Whilst the rest of the UK seemed to be
suffering with severe snow storms, the Lake District was at its glittering best
with excellent visibility and mostly clear skies. We decided to go to Angle Tarn because we
were a little worried about how cold and icy it might be on the tops and also
because Stan had been telling us for weeks what a nice walk it would
Low Hartsopp seems to be the parking place of
choice this season as once again we left the car there and set off up the now
familiar path to Hayeswater. Whereas
only a month ago, Stan, Pete and I were taking it in turns to tumble on the
patches of ice, this time Stan, Philip and I were rather more sure footed
although there was still plenty of ice about.
From the Hayeswater bridge we climbed the
route that comes down from the Knott, stopping to admire the view over
Hayeswater and up to Gardiner's Grind (see BB0603)
in the distance. As Philip said, it was millionaires' weather-
superb sunshine and no one else to be seen.
On reaching the path off to Angle Tarn, Stan sprang his first surprise
and said that he presumed we would be carrying on up and taking in Rest
Dodd. We thought we were out for a
gentle stroll round a pretty tarn but as it was a nice day we agreed and off we
went. A good suggestion with fantastic
views all around, with the Hellvellyn range clearly having had rather more snow
than anywhere else.
plus Gardiner's Grind
We made our way down to the tarn where we had
lunch. As it was a gently stroll back
from the tarn we decided on a one stop strategy. Or at least that is why I though we had a one
stop strategy. Whatever the reason, I
decided to eat all my lunch. The tarn meanwhile was making very strange pinging
noises, which we attributed to the ice cracking.
Then Stan sprang his second surprise. He presumed that we would be taking in Angle
Tarn Pikes whilst we were here. OK, we
concurred but as the going got steep I was beginning to regret having had such a
big lunch- it was certainly weighing me down- daft really because it was the
same weight or more in my rucksack!
Anyway we made the ascent and then headed over to Boardale Hause to pick
up the motorway that shoots down under Rake Crag back towards Brothers
When well down, we spotted, some thirty feet
above the path, a green bench seat that had been thoughtfully provided by the
Lake District Association and, not withstanding our one stop strategy, we
thought it would be disrespectful not to have a little rest there. There we sat, three wise men, lords of all we
surveyed, basking in the sunshine to the envy of passers-by below, looking over
to St Sunday's Crag which was looking magnificent and very tempting for later in
the year when we are little fitter.
The walk seemed almost over and after a
junction we were following a well trod path along a wall up to a dead end in a
corner of a field. Then Stan sprang his
third surprise. He had lost my map. Fortunately he was able to dig another out of
his sack and confirmed that this path had been established by others making the
same mistake, reaching the dead end and retreating over the same ground. Once back on the proper path it was a short,
if a little hilly, stroll back to the car.
Well done Stan, a good choice with several
firsts for me.
Rest Dodd, Angletarn Pikes
- BB0631 Coppermines
- BB0630 Relocation,
- BB0629 Stone Arthur and a Mystery Plume
- BB0628 Knocking off Wainwrights. Oh! Plus Skiddaw!
- BB0627 Blencathra
and the Mungrisdale Round
- BB0626 The
- BB0625 Les
Garçons de la Botte
- BB0624 The
Crookdale Horseshoe and then some
Selside Pike revisited
Round the Dunny!
The Malham Experience
Old Man Succumbs!
QH2QH High Street (the length thereof)
High Street Racecourse
Well, Well, Well, Wansfell and Troutbeck Tongue
Yewbarrow and a history lesson
Clough Head and Great Dodd
The Corpse Road and beyond
A Bit on the Side.....
Angle Tarn with Surprises!
Cragg via Dovedale
in the Sky with Brocken Spectres
Street via Gardiner's Grind)
Holme Fell, Black Fell and Electric