Sunday, 13th August 2017

Walk: Pike Howe, Pavey Ark, Harrison Stickle, Loft Crag, Pike of Stickle, Martcrag Moor, Stakes Pass for Rossett Crags, Rossett Pike, Rossett Gill and Mickleden
Start Point: New Dungeon Ghyll NT car park Grid Reference: NY 294 065
Distance: 11 miles Ascent: 3,700 feet
Time: 7 hours
Weather: Warm with clear blue skies turning cloudy later. No rain and light winds.

We ascended via Pike Howe and paths below Thorn Crag and Harrison Stickle for good views down the Langdale valley and Stickle Tarn. We finished our main climb on a rocky path between Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark.
Taking care over the rocky terrain we then headed for Pavey Ark, our first Wainwright of the day.
Turning back on ourselves we headed for Harrison Stickle, Loft Crag and Pike of Stickle where we had a well deserved lunch.
Continuing on we went over Martcrag Moor, Stakes Pass for Rossett Pike.
Our long return was then down Rossett Gill and Mickleden.
With excellent weather and fine views a good day was had by all including Sheila.

As leader I was ready for the off, but this lot just seemed ready for a natter

With no time to waste we soon get into the rhythm of climbing.

Our first goal, Pavey Ark standing proud

Time for a quick breather with the Langdale valley tapering off into the distance.

Stickle Tarn with Pavey Ark on the left

With more climbing to come we stopped to view Pavey Ark and Jack’s Rake.
Jack’s rake runs up the face of Pavey Ark from bottom right to top left.

Onwards and upwards . . .

with the last section of steep climb with Stickle tarn behind us . . .

our mid morning break was taken close to Pavey Arks top
giving us fine views of Windermere and beyond.

All smiles having reached the summit of Pavey Ark

Still smiling on Harrison Stickle but there is no time to lose as we have other tops to do.

Loft Crag with Pike of Stickle in the background.

A short scramble takes ua up to . . .

Pike of Stickle summit with Harrison Stickle behind us

Pike of Stickle standing proud for all to see.

Our last port of call before descending to Mickleden was Rossett Pike.
Great End can be seen in the background.

1,500 feet is a long way to carry a mountain bike up hill!

From the descent four of our summits line up from the left - Pavey Ark,
Pike of Stickle, Loft Crag and Harrison Stickle

and below them is the last part of our walk along the Mickleden Valley

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