|Walk:||Langdale - Spedding Crag, Silver How, Blea Rigg, Pavey Ark, Thunacar Knott, Harrison Stickle, Pike O' Stickle, Loft Crag, Mark Gate, New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Elterwater|
|Start Point:||Walthwaite Bottom, Elterwater||Grid Reference:||NY 329 051|
|Distance:||12 miles||Ascent:||3,377 feet|
|Weather:||A bright and very sunny day with hardly any breeze - the hottest day of the year so far|
|Comments:||The forecast was excellent and we were
sure that the early morning mist encountered en route to Elterwater
would burn off before too long. Sure enough, as we climbed
Huntingstile Crag the mist disappeared and we had great views for
the rest of the day - causing much discussion as to which top was
which. However, about halfway between Silver How and Blea Rigg we
encountered a view we did not expect - three bare topped fell
runners (male, of course!) coming in the opposite direction, but on
a path some distance from ours! Concentrating on our way forwards we
encountered a couple of ladies (not bare topped!) seeking help in
finding their path. Ray drew on his vast knowledge and pointed them
in the right direction - ably supported by John who checked out the
path for them. The elusive summit of Blea Rigg was finally tracked
down before making our way towards Stickle Tarn where we spotted rock
climbers just to the right of Jack's Rake. We opted for the less
precarious route up North Rake - still a hard climb in the 'burning'
Lunch was taken on Pavey Ark where Ray played 'King of the Castle' on a large boulder, whilst demonstrating the versatility of a large umbrella. After a short detour to Thunacar Knott (one for the Wainwright baggers) we made our way to Harrison Stickle and descended by the partly stepped path. With Pike O' Stickle now facing us the group pointed out to the leader that every time she brought them down from a Wainwright summit there was another climb waiting for them - she called it an 'undulating walk'! A short, sharp climb and scramble later, the views made it all worth while and all was forgiven (I think). Heading back down there was only a slight(ish) ascent to Loft Crag, from where the promise of a brief refreshment stop at New Dungeon Ghyll spurred everyone on. Suitably refreshed the three miles back along the valley took no time at all (well, about an hour).
Some comments from a couple of the walkers:
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Silver How - our first Wainwright of the day
Grasmere and Rydal Water from Silver How
Grasmere village with Seat Sandal and Fairfield behind
John contemplates the Langdale Pikes . . .
which look a good distance away
The end of the Langdale Valley, overlooked by Pike O' Blisco, Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell
Three bare topped fell runners
Blea Rigg above the shelter . . .
our second Wainwright of the day . . .
and again from another angle
Drawing closer to Pavey Ark . . .
where we spot a couple of climbers on East Buttress, Pavey Ark, Jack's Rake showing up clearly on the left . . .
and another climber - you can just make out his rope stretching across from the right
Time for a pause on our way up North Rake
From Pavey Ark we look over Stickle Tarn outlet to Lingmoor Fell and the Langdale valley
Ray claims his 'rock' for lunch . . .
whilst demonstrating the versatility of his umbrella . . .
and playing 'King of the Castle'
We choose a much more 'sedate' spot for lunch
Sergeant Man catches the sun as we cross to Thunacar Knott . . .
and use the timer for a group shot
Time to test out how many summits you can name . . .
zooming in on Great Gable and Green Gable
Kath poses at one of the cairns on Harrison Stickle
Looking back from Harrison Stickle we can see the ridge that we have walked along from Elterwater
Looking up to Pike O' Stickle
Are we nearly there yet?
Pike O' Stickle, with Harrison Stickle on the left and Loft Crag on the right
Loft Crag from Pike O' Stickle, with Lingmoor Fell on the right and Windermere in the distance
South Scree - the site of the stone axe factory
Harrison Stickle from Loft Crag - you can clearly see one of the paths of descent running across the base
Lingmoor Fell, Side Pike and Blea Tarn
The Langdale Valley looks spectacular on our way down
Time for well-earned refreshments . . .
before our return along the valley . . .
and a last look back to where we have been
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