Angletarn Pikes and The Knott from Hartsop

Name of walk Angletarn Pikes and The Knott from Hartsop
Date of walk 2009-11-30
Distance walked (miles) 8
Duration of walk 5 hours 30 minutes
Weather Overcast, but some sunshine
Peaks on walk Angletarn Pikes, The Knott
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Hartsop car park.

There was sunshine and blue skies in the west! Unfortunately we were heading east into grey cloud, hoping the blue skies would follow. Visibility today was forecast to be excellent so we went to Hartsop to climb Angletarn Pikes (1857ft) and The Knott (2423ft).

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Looking up Pasture Bottom (try saying that without smirking!) between Gray Crag and Hartsop Dodd.

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Our final destination of The Knott is snow covered and in the distance. We were to head off left just before the Filter Station up the zig zag leading to Brock Crags

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Hayeswater from near the top of the zag path. Grey Crag on the right, Knott on the left. Our path back along the bottom.The Filter Station way below.

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Brothers Water with Fairfield and St. Sunday Crag in the snow. Ged falling behind on the steepish zag path, he was taking photos.

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There were herds of deer that kept appearing, mostly in the distance but occasionally close enough to photograph (if you were quick!). But they scarpered very quickly once they spotted me. Usually I ended up snapping a load of backsides disappearing over a hill. I`ve scared a stag!

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O`er, maybe not!

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The squelching underfoot soon turned to crunching as puddles became ice and a little more care was needed. Kas and I headed for Angle Tarn and waited for Ged to catch up......well the poor old guy will be 70 in February!

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Looking down into Bannerdale.

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Looking across Hartsop Above How from the route up Angletarn Pikes.

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We visited both Pikes, this is taken from the lower of the two. Looking back over Brock Crags to Gray Crag. The snow covered High St. range is indistinguishable from the white sky.

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Some contrast in the sky shows up Middle Dodd, High Hartsop Dodd, Dove Crag, Hart Crag and Fairfield more clearly.

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The snow covered Striding Edge, Helvellyn, Swirral Edge and Catstycam.

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We walked all the way back round the Tarn over Satura Crags, along the base of Rest Dodd and over to the start of The Knott. It was very icey so we kept to the grass and avoided the paths. We were soon above the snow line. Even the snow had turned to ice, so we made our way to the summit with care.

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View to High Raise.

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Route to High St. behind me.

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Sunshine on Brock Crags, slowly heading in our direction.

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Peeking down on Hayeswater.

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The Knott summit cairn.

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Route round to Thornthwaite Crag.

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Good view over to the far mountains.

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It was nearly 3pm so it was time to head down in order to be back to the car before it got too dark. Typically, as we made our way down the sunshine finally reached The Knott and the blue skies we had waited for all day appeared! Ged showing off his new winter hat....it has sequins.......tut...don`t ask!

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Sunshine on Rest Dodd and The Nab.

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The sun would soon be below the hills.

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A slippery descent! Where Ged is stood we went straight down the grass on a track made by a quadbike, then took a left to make our way down to Hayeswater Weir.

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The sunshine makes for some superb autumn colours.

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Heading down.

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Hayeswater.

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Looking back up to The Knott

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The weir

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The last of the sunshine.

 

The walk was about 8.5 miles and took about five and a half hours. Just a pity the sunshine wasn`t a couple of hours earlier!
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