Langdale Pikes

Name of walk Langdale Pikes
Date of walk 2015-09-08
Distance walked (miles) 7
Duration of walk 6 hours 0 minutes
Weather Blue skies and sunshine
Peaks on walk Harrison Stickle, Pavey Ark, Thunacar Knott, Pike o` Stickle, Loft Crag.
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Stickle Ghyll NT car park.

On Tuesday Ged, Kas and I decided on a walk up the Langdale Pikes. This would include five Wainwrights: Harrison Stickle (2415ft), Pavey Ark (2288ft), Thunacar Knott (2372ft), Pike o’Stickle (2323ft) and Loft Crag (2270ft). We would go up via Stickle Tarn and come down the side of Dungeon Ghyll. A walk of 7 miles. The weather was excellent, but a bit hazy towards the south.

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View up from the Stickle Ghyll NT car park.

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We head up beside the ghyll.

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Not much water in the falls.

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View back down the pitched path to a hazy Great Langdale.

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View up just before you reach the rock step.

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View back after fording the ghyll. Our return path is along the top of the rise on the right.

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View from the wall along Stickle Tarn to Pavey Ark. The water is very still and you can watch the fish in the water below. There are some excellent reflections today.

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Looking towards Blea Rigg.

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Harrison Stickle, our first fell to ascend.

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A three photo panorama. Left click to enlarge. Click again to return.

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Jack's Rake heading off diagonally left.

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We would head around to the right of Harrison Stickle.

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The water is like a mirror.

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Easy Gully on the right.

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We continue on up the pitched path.

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Ged and Kas admire the view. Pavey Ark on the left. At this juncture we head off towards Harrison Stickle, then we would return to follow the opposite track to Pavey Ark.

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Summit view towards Pike o'Stickle. Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and Scafell Pike beyond.

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View down into Great Langdale. Windermere and Elterwater can just be seen top centre. Lingmoor on the right.

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Looking towards Blea Tarn. Wetherlam and Coniston Old Man back right.

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View across to Pavey Ark. In the far distance are the Dodds, the Helvellyn range and Fairfield.

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The top of the rise ahead is Thunacar Knott. Glaramara on the left. The fells in the far distance include Grasmoor, Grisedale Pike, Causey Pike and Skiddaw. On the near right is High Raise. We head for Pavey Ark.

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View from the highest point on Pavey Ark.

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View from the edge looking down on Stickle Tarn. We have lunch here.

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Then we skirt around boggy ground towards Thunacar Knott.

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Thunacar Knott summit.

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We head to the north summit via Thunacar Knott Tarn. Great Gable just left of centre.

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We did toy with continuing on to High Raise on the right, but it would add another hour on to our walk and make me late for bell ringing, so we leave it for another walk.

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Close up of Sergeant Man.

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We head directly across grassy ground to pick up the path that leads from Pike o'Stickle to the Stake Pass. Great End and Great Gable in the distance.

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View back towards the Langstrath Valley.

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Heading up towards Pike o'Stickle.

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View across to Bowfell, Rosset Pike and Esk Pike.

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From the scramble up to the summit of Pike o'Stickle looking to Harrison Stickle and our next fell, Loft Crag on the right.

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Looking back along the path to the Stake Pass.

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Pike o'Stickle summit.

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Loft Crag on the left. We climb back down.

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View down South Scree into Mickleden from the route to Loft Crag. This is where neolithic man made axes from stone.

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Looking back at Pike o'Stickle from Loft Crag.

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The Mickleden Valley and the Rossett Ghyll route.

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Harrison Stickle behind me. We cross over towards Harrison Stickle and pick up the path that leads down beside Dungeon Ghyll.

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Looking into Dungeon Ghyll from the path.

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View back to Loft Crag and Pike o'Stickle. There is a precipitous drop, this route is best avoided on very windy days.

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The route is quite 'airy'.

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We head down towards Pike Howe.

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Looking back at our route up to Stickle Tarn this morning.

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We can see the pub below! Not far now. I always find this descent a bit of a knee killer!

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Back to the hustle and bustle! Plus a view back up to where we have just been.

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We have a well earned drink in the Walker's Bar.

The walk had taken us six hours in warm sunshine and very little wind. Perfect weather really!

Jo.

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