Dale Head - Bedafell Knott - Angle Tarn - Dale Head

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This is delightful round in Martindale, with superb views of Ullswater and Helvellyn and the possibility of seeing the large herd of red deer in the valley. If you go during October in the rutting season you can hear the stags roaring and fighting with each other, as the dominant ones try to retain control of their harems from younger interlopers.

A good path takes you up onto the ridge between Martindale and Ullswater, where there are fantastic views across the Lakeland fells. You can see Patterdale and Glenridding at the head of Ullswater far below. The path brings you to Angle Tarn, a well known spot for Lake District walkers, but elsewhere on the walk you may find you are almost entirely alone.

The route allows you to return into the valley from its head, along a narrow path on a steep hillside. The approach often allows you to catch the deer unawares, especially if they are towards the head of the valley. Do take binoculars if you have some and you need to keep your eyes pealed as they are well camouflaged.

This is a short walk but navigation can be tricky, especially in winter, and the return path will need great care in snow or ice (ice axe and crampons essential).

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North East

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Birds, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Pub, Wildlife
01/11/2017 - David Stewart

This is a thoroughly enjoyable little circuit. We did it when the stags were rutting, which was a fantastic experience. Take binoculars!

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