Angle Tarn & Hayeswater – Lake District 2019

Summer 2017. Tiffany, Lisa and I crossed from Eskdale to Wasdale with donkey loads of stuff on our back. We waved back at a cheerful military helicopter passing over our head, did a couple of photo shoots. Wast Water was as still as a mirror.

Summer 2018. Pearl and I swam in Buttermere and a nameless river in the heatwave. The monster watched us from the bottomless lake and the coolness of the river took our breath away. The air on top of Dale Head was so still it didn’t flick the pages of Wainwright. We slid down the fell and caught a bus home to Borrowdale.

This year, Gloria, Kate and I went to a different part of the Lake District. We stayed in a Scandinavian style youth hostel. We curled up on sofas and read for hours, sometimes staring out the huge windows into the lush green and the unrelenting rain. We marched through sticky drizzle, blindingly bright sun and a storm for seven hours. Raindrops splashed on our faces from the west for an hour and the sun dried us up before we got back. The girls kept their spirit and the smile the whole way. We finished our trip with the special Lakeland ice cream. After saying goodbye to the last glimpse of Ullswater, we fell asleep on the train and nearly missed our stop home.

The red lines and arrows show the walking route. We set off and finished at Patterdale. The numbers in the boxes correspond to the pictures below so I can take you on our walk and show you the view and tell you what happened at different points along the way. The numbers next to the boxes are the time we reached each point.

We set off at about 12 midday because the rain didn’t let up until then.

Point 2. Walked through an idyllic picturesque village up towards Boredale Hause, which was really like a roundabout with seven exist on the OS map! In this photo, you can see Ullswater and the way we came on the right. Arnison Crags and Birks in the middle opposite the valley. Brothers Water on the far left. Is that Helvellyn in the background?
Point 3. A bit further along the same path before reaching the ’roundabout’. That was Brothers Water glittered under the rolling cloud.
Point 4. Our lunch spot. You can see the path we just covered and the valley we came from. The peak on the right is Angletarn Pikes. It suddenly became really gusty a few minutes ago and I was eager to find somewhere sheltered to stop for lunch. It turned out that spot was not particularly sheltered and we should have gone a bit further to Angle Tarn which was only a few minutes away!
Point 5. Around the corner, there was the star of the walk – Angle Tarn with its unusual shape and inlets!
Point 5. A closeup shot of Angle Tarn. We trotted in excitement all the way to the edge of the water and stopped for some photos. The path wound around the tarn to the other side. It was quite a flat walk.
Seeing Angel Tarn from the other side. The rain cloud caught up behind us across from Helvellyn direction quietly and rapidly.
Point 6. I didn’t have any phone signal for whole two days until that point when I heard my phone ping. So I gave Andy a ring who was nursing his back at home. Calling Andy from top of fells has become one of the must-dos.
You can see the quiet Bannerdale valley down there and the fell on the right is labelled as Deer Forest on the OS map. We didn’t see any.
Point 7. I loved the stone walls. They were beautiful and they were one of my best friends for navigating.
Point 8. A few minutes before we got lost… That was Hayeswater in the distance where we were heading. But the fast approaching storm and unmarked path tested my navigation and I failed. We ended up on top of Rest Dodd. By that point, the storm started to beat on us mercilessly and no one said anything for a long time. We quickly followed another unmarked slippery grassy path downhill. I knew if we were going to have any accidents and injure ourselves, this was the most likely time. This was also the last photo I took before we reached Hayeswater because the rain completely blurred my vision and my phone lens.
Point 9. Hayeswater nested snugly in a ring of mountains. It was beautiful even when seen through a curtain of rain. Crossing the water that came out of Hayeswater in the rain was tricky. I didn’t want us to land in the lake/river although we were pretty wet already.
Point 10. We got onto this path and started to head out of the valley which marked the returning leg of the journey. Although it was awful wet, it was sad to leave.

The sky cleared once more after that and our spirit was restored too. The warmth and breeze in the air dried us up pretty quickly. It was not long before we started another round of photo shoots.

Overall, the route was easy to navigate, fairly flat, had marvellous views with a variety of natural features. And big thank you to my two lovely walking-reading-talking companions who were entirely pleasant for the whole time, never complained and always cheerful. I’ll always remember these three days we spent together even many years after you leave Newcastle! Thank you so much!







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