Angletarn Pikes is a fell in the English Lake
District near the village of Patterdale and its most notable feature is
the summit tarn from which it derives its name
stands on the western arm of the long horseshoe ridge which surrounds
the Martindale catchment, a system of valleys draining north into
The adjacent fells on this ridge are Place Fell to the
north and Brock Crags to the south.
Beda Fell, a subsidiary
ridge, also juts out into Martindale from Angletarn Pikes. This
separates the heads of Boredale and Bannerdale.
The western side
above Goldrill Beck is steep and includes the faces of Dubhow and Fall
Crags. The long eastern flank above Bannerdale is also pock-marked with
crags, Heck Crag being the principal feature.
The narrow north
eastern slopes above Boredale, although steep, are less rocky and are
cut by the upper ravine of Freeze Beck.
North from the summit a
long ridge drops over Stony Rigg (1,640 ft) to the walkers crossroads of
Boredale Hause. From here paths run down to Hartsop, Patterdale and
Boredale, while a further bridleway cuts across Beda Fell to Bannerdale.
Boredale Hause carries the tiny ruin of a building named 'Chapel in
the Hause' on OS maps. A mountain pass at 1,300 ft seems a curious place
to construct a church. From the Hause a good path carries on northwards
up Steel Edge to Place Fell.
The north east ridge to Beda Fell is
also well defined, a fair path traversing a series of rocky knolls
before the final rise to the summit named Beda Head.
from Angletarn Pikes is Angle Tarn itself. This indented waterbody is
about a quarter of a mile long with an island in the middle and forms a
picturesque foreground for views of the Pikes.
The tarn sits in a
hollow on the centre of the ridge, issuing westwards through a break in
the parapet via the ravine of Angletarn Beck.
The ridge proper
runs to the east of the tarn above the Bannerdale face, rising again to
the unnamed 1,870 ft top above Satura Crag. This overtops the summit of
Brock Crags, but was made subservient to it by Wainwright in his
Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells.
Angletarn Pikes takes its
plural from the two rocky towers at the summit separated by perhaps 200
yards of peaty bog. These resemble the Langdale Pikes in miniature and
can only be ascended by scrambling.
The northern top is the true
summit, the other being some six feet lower.
The southern top is
compensated by a clear view of Angle Tarn, described by Wainwright as
among the best of Lakeland tarns.
The wider view stretches from
the Helvellyn range to the spine of the Far Eastern Fells across
The fell can be climbed via Boredale Hause, making
Patterdale, Hartsop and Boredale Head all possible starting points.
An alternative is to climb from Martindale Old Church, ascending via
the Beda Fell ridge or Angle Tarn.
The route from Patterdale is
often undertaken as the first section of the ascent of High Street.
Walking routes near Angletarn Pikes