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~Jack's Rake and onward to Bowfell~

15th September 2009

Day 3 of my short holiday and I am joined for this walk by my friend, Simon Baldwin. It's many years since we last climbed Jack's Rake together and we had to find out if we were still up for it. The Ratmobile took us from Glenridding to the Langdale valley....

Pavey Ark and Stickle Tarn

Pavey Ark

Scroll down for photos and a description of the walk

Mazda mx-5 Langdales

Langdales Ahoy!

When I was a very young boy, my grandfather gave me, my brother and sister a J40 pedal car. This MX-5 is my way of reliving those early years, Simon and I peddled like mad to get over the Kirkstone Pass.

Stickle Ghyll

Simon on Jack's Rake

We walked clockwise around Stickle Tarn and up to The Rake. I love this kind of climbing, I must have done this route at least 10 times. It helps to make Pavey Ark my favourite amoung the Central Fells.

Stickle Tarn from Jack's Rake

Seat Sandal and Fairfield

Harrison Stickle from Pike O'Stickle

We walked from Pavey Ark, missing the summit of Harrison Stickle, but making sure we topped Pike O'Stickle..

Fell Fixing

Simon on top of Bowfell

Simon spends far too much time in East Sussex and enough of that in a car and in offices. So his response to reaching this significant peak was not surprising.

Bowfell Links

Lingmoor from The Band

We descended The Band, a route I've done many times. In fact I can't remember ascending this way, always descending.

Sunsetting on Pike O'Stickle

A great walk is coming to an end. We'd certainly made the most of a good day.

Walkers: Simon Baldwin and Me

Time taken: 7hrs 20 minutes

Route: Stickle Ghyll, Jack's Rake, Pavey Ark, Harrison Combe, Pike O'Stickle, Stake Pass, Angle Tarn, Ore Gap, Bowfell, Three Tarns, The Band and back to the car at New Dungeon Ghyll.

Weather and conditions: Pleasantly warm.

Greetings Count: Medium, this was not an early start and there was a steady stream of walkers all the way around. Don't come here for peace and quiet.

Richard's Refreshment Review: We visited the Stickle Barn and were disappointed with the chilli and rice. Beer was OK, though, but really the food should have been better.

Take me back to the start ....

Take me home....

All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2009 ©