A featured fell is my way of studying each fell in turn and recording thoughts and observations.
Pike O'Stickle is recognisable from far and wide. A pillar of hard volcanic rock stands proud above the Langdale valley and the steep slopes drop dramatically into the valley. Pike O'Stickle is a Langdale Pike and is 2nd in altitude to Harrison Stickle. This fell was on the route of my first ever Lakeland mountain walk, back in 1972.
The scree chute on the right is pretty much out of bounds, walkers are encouraged to avoid it. I had the experience of descending down the chute before there was concern about access down there. Stone age tools have been found in a cave on the side of Pike O'Stickle. I wonder if it was the B&Q of its day? Discount Wednesdays and all that?
Pike O'Stickle from Rossett Gill
Fell fixing in progress. The initiative to repair paths was not before time and absolutely vital. One "old" friend of my father said he didn't care for walking up and down steps on the fells, but who caused the damage in the first place?
Taken from the direction of Thunacar Knott on a rather cold day, late 2010.
The Langdale Pikes from Bowfell
Where: Central - a Langdale Pike!
Suggested Route: As per Mark Richards below, also seen on AW Central Fells Loft Crag 5,
My Frequency: Loads of times.
Whilst You're There: Harrison Stickle & Loft Crag
Someone Else's View: Mark Richards' route advice in his "Park & Stride" series.
Walk Dates: with links to Reports (on this website) where applicable:
All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2010 ©