Lake District Walk
Pike o' Stickle, Harrison Stickle & Pavey Ark
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Walk Route Description
This Lake District walk in Langdale was undertaken in fresh snow, up to three feet deep in places, which made it all the more spectacular, and is a variation to the usual 'tourist route' which starts with Pavey Ark. In good conditions I would allow a comfortable 5 hours to take in the tremendous views.
Parking across from the Stickle Barn pub at New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel and walk directly up the road opposite, passing through the gate behind the pub and on to the well marked path. Follow this to a stile and with the wall now on your right, ascend towards Thorn Crag. In terms of navigation, this is the trickiest bit of the day.
Pass between Thorn and Gimmer Crags, with the conical Pike o' Stickle as the first target of the day. From here the views across to the more famous Peaks are incredible, but this walk itself is not without it's spectacular scenery.
Coming off the Pike, follow the well trodden path to cross a stream before climbing steadily to the summit of Harrison Stickle. From the cairn, the third summit of Pavey Ark can be seen atop an impressively rugged face, with the Tarn glimmering way below. If you're feeling energetic, continue NNE to Thunacar Knott, otherwise bear NNW along the ridge to Pavey Ark. In the snow this was quite a scramble through the outcrop that forms the summit.
Rather than descending via the North Rake, skirt the rocks towards the gully which conducts Bright Beck to Stickle Tarn. Attaining the Tarn, follow the path which borders it and leads to the dam wall. From here there is a well trodden path passing under Tarn Crag, which follows the Ghyll down to the welcoming warmth and fine ale of the hotel.
Other walks nearby
Walk 1144 Lingmoor Fell from Blea Tarn, Langdale - moderate - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 1171 Pike o' Blisco from Blea Tarn, Langdale - moderate - 5.0 miles/8.1 km
Walk 1132 The Crinkle Crags from Great Langdale - mod/hard - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 1157 Bowfell and Esk Pike from Old Dungeon Ghyll - hard - 8.8 miles/14.2 km
Walk 2037 Bowfell & Rosset Pike via the Climber's Traverse - hard - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Walk 2818 Bowfell Circular from Great Langdale - mod/hard - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 1739 Crinkle Crags and Bowfell (Oxendale Horseshoe) - hard - 7.8 miles/12.7 km
Walk 1134 Wetherlam and The Carrs from Little Langdale - mod/hard - 10.8 miles/17.5 km
Walk 2270 Tilberthwaite and Holme Fell from Little Langdale - easy/mod - 5.5 miles/8.9 km
Walk 1207 Great & Little Langdales - moderate - 8.5 miles/13.8 km
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