The Langdale Pikes – Guided Walk


A big horrible cold front visited the Lake District today, but it didn’t stop us enjoying the Langdale Pikes!

Today’s guided walk started up Stickle Ghyll (a favourite haunt of ours for gorge scrambling, but not today!!) to Stickle Tarn. The tarn had pretty much burst its banks, which meant that plan A of crossing at the dam and heading up to Harrison Stickle was out. Instead, we headed around the tarn on its right and crossed one of the smaller streams in Bright Beck, before climbing up onto Pavey Ark.

Pavey was wild to say the least today, but you always seem to feel more alive on days like today – out in the elements! It was quiet on the fells too, which always adds to the experience.

Leaving Pavey Ark, we headed across to Harrison Stickle, before dropping down slightly and then climbing again onto a moody Pike O’ Stickle.

By this point the rain had stopped and we were rewarded by some incredible views across to Blea Tarn and up Mickleden. The sun even came out at one point and the waterproofs were packed away for our walk down from Loft Crag back to the Stickle Barn for a well earned pint in the beer garden.

A great day in some moody and exhilarating conditions!

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Blea Tarn from Loft Crag

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Stickle Tarn – honest!

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Stickle Ghyll – a little too frisky for gorge scrambling today!

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Stickle Ghyll – this waterfall is normally quite a pleasant climb!

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