Angletarn Pikes

This was yet another of so many walks of which I never tire, especially because it yields such good views for relatively little effort! On this occasion, recent snows, unusually thick on the higher reaches, as well as clear skies, made it even more of a fellwalker’s and photographer’s dream than normal. It did initially threaten to be something of a nightmare, however, due to my having somehow managed to leave my main jacket behind. Fortunately, and after only (amazingly enough!) minimal prompting, up stepped that chivalrous knight of the fells, my companion Jim Mercer, to proffer his scarf - as well as, however, a constant commentary thereafter on his consequent sufferings - as if!
Anyway, despite this setback, steady progress was made first of all from Hartsop village up the slope of Brock Crags through ever-deepening snow to Satura Crag, then along to just above a frozen Angle Tarn. After stopping there for a lunch somewhat foreshortened by the cold, on via the contouring route to Boredale Hause and finally down by the slanting path across the flanks of Rake Crag and the ‘back route’ after Angletarn Beck to Hartsop once again.
The first part of the walk was briefly thick with distant deer, and also offered very fine views across to snow-clad Deepdale to the west, and to the south, of Gray Crag, Threshthwaite Mouth and Raven Crag above Pasture Bottom. From the summit area near Satura Crag onwards there were extensive panoramas of Bannerdale on one side and of icy Angle Tarn and the snowy fells to the north-west on the other, especially St Sunday Crag and Helvellyn, as well as, later on, back towards Dove and Hart Crags, and Brothers Water. In such glorious conditions, who needs the Alps?!
(Note: earlier blogs of the same outing are available here and here.)
(Highest point (Satura Crag): 1834 ft./570 m. Distance: 5.46 miles/ 8.79 km. Ascent:1516 ft./ 462 m.)

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