|Name of walk||Loft Crag, Pike o' Stickle & Harrison Stickle in Snow|
|Date of walk||2021-05-07|
On Friday, son Tom and I decided on a walk up to the Langdale Pikes. The weather was going to be a mix of some sunshine and wintery showers. So how many fells we would do would depend on the weather and the snow conditions. Snow in May! We packed our spikes, waterproofs and warm clothes, and headed for Great Langdale, parking at the New Dungeon Ghyll car park. On the way we stopped off at Yew Tree Tarn.
Some photos of the reflections on Yew Tree Tarn.
View down Great Langdale to Loft Crag and Harrison Stickle.
Once more in close up.
We parked in the car park and head off at 8.40am.
We take the Mark's Gate route up to Loft Crag. Once beyond the gate ahead we immediately ford Dungeon Ghyll, and head up on the left.
We have just forded the gill and head up the pitched path.
Dungeon Ghyll and Pike Howe.
View to Blake Rigg and Pike o'Blisco.
A great view down the Great Langdale valley
The route ahead.
Looking back down a rock step to be scrambled up.
Lingmoor Fell and Side Pike on the left. Blea Tarn in the middle.
View into Oxendale. Crinkle Crags and Bowfell covered in cloud.
Thorn Crag and Harrison Stickle.
The route to Loft Crag.
Looking back as we head up into the snow.
The bad weather is heading our way.
The snow is coming so we stop and put on coats and waterproofs, then head up towards Loft Crag.
Loft Crag summit.
On Loft Crag summit with Pike o' Stickle behind me..
Sunshine now on Bowfell, Esk Pike and Great End, as it snows on us.
We head for Pike o' Stickle.
Two people on the summit provide a sense of scale.
View down a gully into Mickleden.
Pike o' Stickle is a scramble requiring three points of contact, at all times. We put our microspikes on for this as the rock is wet with bits of snow. Tom climbing up with Rossett Gill and Bowfell as a backdrop.
We safely make it to the summit. Harrison Stickle left and Loft Crag right.
Tom's photo of the view to Rossett Gill and Pike.
A wider angle of the view.
View over to High Raise on the left.
Our route across to Harrison Stickle.
Two people on Loft Crag summit.
View back to Loft Crag and Pike o' Stickle. Snow is heading our way again.
Tom heading up to the summit.
One of the two cairns.
View across to The Band.
Pavey Ark on the left and Stickle Tarn below.
View towards Windermere and Elterwater.
Tom's photo of me.
We head down from Harrison Stickle for the path over to Pavey Ark. Here the weather takes a turn for the worst. At the cairn where we could take either the path to Pavey Ark or the one down to Stickle Tarn, we decide to head down.
The visibility improved as we head down. A rock fall had taken out some of the path, so it was quite slow going.
At least now we could see where we are going.
We head towards Stickle Tarn, now on a good pitched path.
We have lunch sitting on the tarn wall in the rain. Pavey Ark.
Harrison Stickle now out of the snow shower, our route down on the right.
We head down to where we need to cross Stickle Ghyll.
Looking back at our crossing point.
We head down in the rain.
The sun comes out again and we can take off our coats and waterproofs.
We cross the bridge.
More black lambs.
Last view back up.
The walk was just under 5 miles, and took us five hours. Despite there being more snow showers than sunshine, it was still a good walk!