Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Angle Tarn, High Street - wild camp

2-day walk / 14 miles / wild camp - Patterdale, Angle Tarn, The Knott, High Street, Thornthwaite Beacon, Thresthwaite Mouth, Hartsop.

Wild camped at Angle Tarn. Great location, hidden away with superb views of Fairfield and Helvellyn. Got permission to camp first from Side Farm at Patterdale (always leave your camping pitch as you found it and carry out all of your waste). This is a superb mountain walk with a great variety of landscapes, views and summits that make it full of interest all the way round. The final stretch along an old track between Hartsop and Patterdale contrasts superbly with the mountainous ridge of High Street. The highlights were: waking up at 6am at Angle Tarn and not being able to see across the tarn because of the mist; red deer on the flanks of The Knott, the views from the Straits of Riggindale; view of Blea Water from High Street's eastern edge; Thornthwaite Beacon and the steep descent ot Thresthwaite Mouth; the long descent through the valley of Pasture Beck.