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Angle Tarn via Hayeswater from Hartsop.

Distance: 7 miles / 11¼ kilometers

Time: 3 hours 20 minutes

Grade: Moderate

Map: OS Explorer OL5 - The English Lakes, North-Eastern Area

Walk Summary

This moderate 7½ mile very picturesque walk can start either from the car park in Hartsop village where there is a voluntary contribution box, or start from the car park on the A592 between Patterdale and Kirkstone Pass, at Cow Bridge over Goldrill Beck, which is a grade 2 listed packhorse bridge.

Hartsop is located in the far eastern fells in the district of Patterdale, close to the Martindale parish border. Hartsop is more of a sleepy quaint Cumbrian settlement than a village. It has a historic feel to it as a place that time forgot with its old greystone buildings. The Brotherswater Inn is open 12-11, and has good reviews and a great place to relax after the walk. The Sykeside Camping Park also has good reviews, though I can't comment as I haven't used it.

Most of the walk is along well managed and well defined rocky or grass footpaths, though the route has very little in the way of sign posts, whilst map reading gives confidence that you are on the right path, there are few areas where one can take a wrong turn. The paths at Boredale Hause are not very distinguishable, and the path on the right can be missed. This walk is a hidden gem, can't understand why this isn't more popular as it is full of character in any weather, offering fantastic views of the hills and fells, with pikes, waterfalls and tarns that keep the interest going throughout the walk. Deer can be seen roaming the fells between Angle Tarn and The Knott, though I haven't been able to get close enough to them to get a decent photograph. A highly recommended walk in any season.

Angletarn Pikes are two dominant rocky features that sit over the tarn from which it takes its name. Angle Tarn has two rocky islands, is very picturesque, an ideal place for a picnic. The location is ideal for a spot of wild camping, if camping takes your fancy. Permission can be sought through Dalemain Estate Office, Penrith, CA11 0HB, 01768 486450, or estateadmin@dalemain.com.

The Knott is a hill sitting above Hayeswater and offers some fantastic views on a clear day.