An­gle Tarn Route 2

Wa­ter­falls in lit­tle-walked Langstrath

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Not only does this route score points for start­ing and fin­ish­ing at a pub, it also boasts no less than three su­perb mini-wa­ter­falls on a route so close to Eng­land’s fa­mous high­est peak, Scafell Pike – yet there are hardly any other hu­mans present. Walk this route af­ter a good bit of ‘typ­i­cal Lake Dis­trict weather’ if you can (that shouldn’t be too hard!) so you see the cas­cades churn­ing white froth over the wa­tersmoothed rocks. The first of the three is a joy to dis­cover as you ex­plore the meet­ing of the trib­u­tary you have fol­lowed down to the larger Al­len­crags Gill. It’s hid­den at the end of a deep gully and comes as a com­plete sur­prise. The sec­ond you can get close enough to feel the spray on your face, and the sound is deaf­en­ing as this beau­ti­fully clear river sweeps through the serenely green, fern-cov­ered slopes of the sur­round­ing moun­tain­side. The third is the high­est, and a real treat, tum­bling down as you climb back up and over the pass back into the Langdale val­ley. These rivers make this route straight­for­ward to nav­i­gate as they are your com­pan­ion all of the way round the walk.

Then, once you’ve had your fill of these nat­u­ral cas­cades, there’s the chance to re­fresh your­self with an equally de­li­cious wa­ter-based at­trac­tion in the Hik­ers Bar or beer gar­den at the Old Dun­geon Ghyll Ho­tel. I can rec­om­mend a large glass of Old Pe­cu­liar!


NY286061 Turn right out of the car park, so that the Old Dun­geon Ghyll Ho­tel is on your left. Walk round the back of the pub then turn left to pick up a clear bri­dle­way – the Cum­bria Way. This heads west then north-west along a well-de­fined stony path, gen­tly ris­ing up­wards into the Langdale val­ley, cross­ing a few streams along the way. 2

NY261073 At a junc­tion of paths, take the left-hand fork lead­ing steeply up Ros­sett Gill on clear man-made slabbed path that zigzags be­tween the im­pres­sive crags of Hang­ing Knotts and Ros­sett Pike. It tops out at An­gle Tarn on your left. Con­tinue straight on and, as you reach the out­flow of the tarn, there’s a clear path on the right. Ig­nore this one and cross the out­flow to im­me­di­ately reach an­other junc­tion with a path on the right. 3 NY244078 Turn right to walk down An­gle­tarn Gill with the river on your right. It gets steeper, mostly on grassy hill­side with foot­holes from pre­vi­ous walk­ers. The path can be in­dis­tinct around this sec­tion, with op­tions to cross, so make your way down which­ever side you pre­fer, cross­ing at a safe place be­fore this trib­u­tary reaches the larger river on your left, flow­ing down from Al­len­crags Gill. 4

NY247087 Here, leave the path and take a slight de­tour to see the thrilling, se­cre­tive cas­cade rush­ing down from Al­len­crags Gill. Take a left to walk along the faint path with the trib­u­tary river you just de­scended along on your left. The trib­u­tary river is now in an im­pres­sive, steep-sided, rock gully with twisted trees snag­ging out of it, so be care­ful not to get too close. Soon you will reach the larger river, with the first fan­tas­tic water­fall. Then re­gain the path and con­tinue down it with the larger river on your left.


NY251090 Here, you can ei­ther cross the river to take the more es­tab­lished path on the other side, which makes the route slightly longer, or con­tinue along the fainter path keep­ing the river on your left, which makes the route slightly shorter but gives a bril­liant view of the sec­ond set of wide, beau­ti­ful mini­wa­ter­falls at NY262095. Af­ter tak­ing a few musthave pho­tos here, con­tinue along this faint path head­ing north-east un­til you meet the un­miss­able Cum­bria Way bri­dle­way at a foot­bridge over a large trib­u­tary river, Stake Beck. From here, look­ing across the foot­bridge, you’ll see a dis­tinc­tive, gnarled, old tree, which is worth a quick de­tour to look at if you have time.


NY264098 At the foot­bridge, turn right to head up­hill on the Cum­bria Way with Stake Beck on your left. Shortly you will see the third set of spec­tac­u­lar cas­cades, this time higher and es­pe­cially im­pres­sive af­ter some typ­i­cal Lake Dis­trict weather. Top out at Stake Pass, with the high­est point marked with a pile of stones. Then you de­scend south, back into Great Langdale with Stake Gill on your left. At the val­ley bot­tom (back at point 2) curve left to fol­low the Cum­bria Way back to the Old Dun­geon Ghyll Ho­tel to re­ward your­self with a tasty and hearty snack.

You get a stun­ning view of the Langstrath Val­ley from the fi­nal pass.

You’ll find the most im­pres­sive water­fall on your way back up and over the pass into the Langdale val­ley.

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The first water­fall ap­pears as an un­ex­pected sur­prise.

The sec­ond, wider water­fall.

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