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27th October 2012

The Langdale Pikes

The Langdale Pikes

Scroll down for photos and a description of the walk....

Stickle Ghyll

Stickle Ghyll

Stickle Ghyll (Mill Gill in Wainwright Guides) is crossed by Coat-Off Bridge. I'm sure I can't be the only one who starts the walk with a coat on, at this time of year, and then takes it off at the bridge? Tarn Crag dominates the skyline. Start time of 08:10hrs from the National Trust car park.

Stickle Gill

On The Bridge

There was no plan for today's walk, other than to reach the foot of Pavey Ark and climb such by one means or another. So, for a change I climbed the fellside on the right and aimed for Tarn Crag.

Harrison Stickle

Harrison Stickle and Tarn Crag

The decaying braken is highlighted by the early morning sunshine.

Brambling Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Birds of Langdale

The one on the left was difficult to photograph, the one on the right - more obliging.

Crinkle Crags

Crinkle Crags

Pavey Ark

Pavey Ark

One reason for ascending Tarn Crag and avoiding the usual Stickle Tarn route was the strong breeze. There would be no chance of the still waters required for reflection photos, hence no need to reach the dam.

Harrison Stickle Seargeant Man
Harrison Stickle
Sergeant Man

Views from Tarn Crag

Two summits that might get visited later on, if they are lucky!

Stickle Tarn

Stickle Tarn

Jack's Rake

Jack's Rake

Jack's Rake is my favourite way to the top of any of the Lakeland mountains, but Hall's Ridge on Blencathra is highly commended! Two rock climbers prepare for their more direct approach. JR is more fun when you're not on your own, it'd be good for "team-building" events.

Pavey Ark View

Thunacar Knott from Pavey Ark

Two hazards on The Rake: ice on the path; a dead sheep close to the "3rd" ash tree. I'm not sure that the 3rd tree retains that status, it could be the only one nowadays, I wasn't counting but I think I saw a dead tree further down. The sheep can't be removed - maybe two "gloved" men could shove it over the edge, failing that it will slowly decompose.

Pavey Ark Summit

Pavey Ark Summit 2288 ft asl

10:15hrs and there's no sign of anyone else up here. The ground is generally frozen and this makes for better walking over the usually soft areas. Harrison Stickle is in view and Thunacar Knott will be the next point of call.

East from Thunacar Knott

Eastern Fells

A frozen tarn within the rocky territory of Thunacar Knott with the Eastern Fells of Lakeland in view.

Thunacar Knott Summit

Thunacar Knott Summit 2351ft asl

To High Raise

Route to High Raise

Nothing complicated about the next part of the walk.

High Raise Summit

High Raise Summit 2500ft asl

The highest point within The Central Fells. Over five years since I was last up here and it's more than a year since my last walk in the central part of Lakeland.

Sergeant Man Summit

Sergeant Man Summit 2414ft asl

Decision time, at 11:30hrs it seems a little early to be heading back in the direction of the car. There is an easy route around the top of Bright Beck (right) and back to Thunacar Knott, seen here in the centre of the photo beyond the cairn.

Stickle Tarn

Stickle Tarn from Harrison Stickle (2403ft asl)

Sunshine diluted by high cloud, this is a reverse of the earlier photo from the shoreline of Stickle Tarn.

Lenticular Clouds

Lenticular Clouds

Often seen above mountain areas and, from my own observations, more likely in strong winds. Next fell in line will be Pike O'Stickle, seen across Harrison Combe in the next photo.

Harrison Combe

Harrison Combe

Pike O'Stickle

Pike O'Stickle

One of Lakeland's most recognisable summits.

Harrison Stickle From Pike O'Stickle

Harrison Stickle (l) and Loft Crag (r) from Pike O'Stickle Summit, 2323ft asl

Travellers for Ambleside, passing Low Wood on Windermere, view the Langdale Pikes and wish they were there. I am!

Loft Crag

Loft Crag

Loft Crag Summit

Loft Crag Summit 2270ft asl

That'll be the last summit of the day, it's time to start heading down.

Dungeon Ghyll Descent

"Dungeon Ghyll" Descent Route

This is the reverse of Route 3 as per Harrison Stickle 9, Wainwright Book Three. Pike How is the bump in view.

Dungeon Ghyll

Dungeon Ghyll

Stickle Ghyll Great Langdale
Stickle Ghyll
Great Langdale

Descent Views

These are views from Pike How, marked on the map as "Viewpoint", so I felt obliged to take advantage.

Stickle Ghyll Car Park

Stickle Ghyll Car Park

Langdale Pikes from Elterwater

Looking Back!

This photo has been digitally manipulated!

Walkers: Just Me.

Time taken: 5hrs 55mins over a distance of about 9 miles.

Route: Stickle Ghyll Car Park, Tarn Crag, Stickle Tarn, Jack's Rake, Pavey Ark Summit, Thunacar Knott, High Raise, Sergeant Man, Thunacar Knott, Harrison Stickle, Pike O'Stickle, Loft Crag, Dungeon Ghyll Descent Route back to the car.

Weather and Conditions: Cold, sunny and windy.

Greetings Count: First greetees were walking to High Raise from Sergeant Man, once I arrived in the region of Harrison Stickle, the numbers increased significantly.

Richard's Refreshment Review: I called in at "Food 2 Go" Staveley on the way up. A good option for travellers who leave home early.

All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2012 ©

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