Sunday, 24th July 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Elterwater, Silver How, Blea Rigg, Sergeant Man, Thunacar Knott, Pavey Ark, Harrison Stickle, Pike o' Stickle, Loft Crag, Mark Gate, Great Langdale Valley
Start Point: Walthwaite Bottom, Elterwater Grid Reference: NY 329 051
Distance: 13.5 miles Ascent: 3,700 feet
Time: 8.5 hours (including a stop at the Dungeon Ghyll Hotel)    
Weather: Sunny and warm
Comments: What a day for a walk in one of my favourite areas in the Lake District! Sunny but not too hot and fantastic views in all directions. We climbed steadily from Elterwater to visit Silver How before continuing on to Blea Rigg. Robb checked out the Shelter Stone illustrated in Wainwright's Central Fells Pictorial Guide and found, as Wainwright said, that 'accommodation is strictly limited'. Climbing above the Shelter Stone we took in the sights from Blea Rigg summit. As a change to the usual route we then made our way up to Sergeant Man with more spectacular views then on to Thunacar Knott where we stopped for lunch overlooking Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle. A quick trip down to Pavey Ark was followed by a rocky walk across to Harrison Stickle where we had three cairns to choose from. While the northern one is the highest and suggested by Wainwright as the summit, the other two give the better views. From here we headed across to Pike o' Stickle which we ascended via a good scramble and descended by a more gradual route. Then it was on to Loft Crag, the last of 8 Wainwrights in this walk, before taking the route to Mark Gate and down to the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Here the leader was persuaded to make another stop, the 4th of the day!!!! before the last stretch along the valley. As extra interest on this 3 mile valley section we were treated to a display by the Red Arrows which flew over Lingmoor Fell, The Langdale Pikes and back along the Blea Crag to Silver How ridge. Not many leaders can boast of such a show to end a walk!! The group concurred that it had been an excellent walk.

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Looking over Chapel Stile to the Langdale Pikes and Bow Fell

 

Grasmere and Rydal Water

 

Silver How with Sergeant Man and the Langdale Pikes on the horizon

 

Leaving Silver How we have an even better view of the Langdale Pikes

 

Sitting in the 'circle' seats . . .

 

for our morning coffee stop

 

Easedale Tarn comes into view . . .

 

and a shorn sheep takes centre stage

 

The Shelter Stone below Blea Rigg summit . . .

 

which Robb investigates but finds it a tight squeeze

 

From Blea Rigg summit there are great views . . .

 

along the Langdale Valley

 

Codale Tarn on the left with Easedale Tarn on the right . . .

 

and eventually Stickle Tarn can be seen

 

Heading up to Sergeant Man . . .

 

with not far to go . . .

 

Sergeant Man from Thunacar Knott . . .

 

where the group has a brief chat . . .

 

before stopping for lunch with Harrison Stickle in view

 

Pavey Ark and Stickle Tarn from . . .

 

Harrison Stickle

 

Pike O' Stickle wasn't on the programme but most of the group decided to tackle the short scramble . . .

 

to the summit - with Harrison Stickle to the left and Loft Crag to the right . . .

 

while Sheila keeps an eye on all the bags

 

John checks out the climbers on Gimmer Crag

 

Looking back to Pike O' Stickle from Loft Crag

 

Descending to Mark Gate . . .

 

Crossing Dungeon Ghyll on the way to . . .

 

the New Dungeon Ghyll hotel - and a well-earned stop

 

Looks like the Windermere air show is coming to an end . . .

 

as the Red Arrows take a tour around . . .

 

the valley giving us spectacular views . . .

 

of their formations . . .

 

as they fly over the ridges

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