From: Langdale NT Campsite
Parking: Langdale NT Campsite
Start Point: Langdale NT Campsite
Region: Central Fells
Route length: 4.9 miles (7.8km)
Time taken: 2:52
Average speed: 1.7mph
Wainwrights on this walk:
Blea Rigg (541m)
Additional summits: None
Other points of interest: Scout Crag, Whitegill Ravine, Whitegill Crag, Stickle Tarn, Raven Crag
Route: Langdale NT Campsite, Millbeck, White Gill, Blea Rigg, Stickle Tarn, Dungeon Ghyll, Mark Gate, Raven Crag, Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel
Having climbed the head of the Langdale valley the previous day, we decided on a shorter walk to investigate some of the climbers routes up onto the lower plateau of the Langdale Pikes and Stickle Tarn. Skip once again led the way which was great as his knowledge of the area is second to none. It gave us the opportunity to investigate some of the quieter areas around the Langdale Pikes and gave me food for thought for any future trips to the area.
We set off from the campsite in the morning with a forecast for another day of fine weather. Who would have thought it? Joining the old Langdale road, we headed towards Sticklebarn, a pub owned and operated by the National Trust and the location of the previous nights excellent food.
|Stickle Ghyll just behind the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel|
|Looking up Whitegill ravine|
|Langdale from the midpoint of Whitegill, once clear of the trees|
|One of the climbers we met earlier on a rather tricky looking overhang|
|The final part of the climb prior to the split at the top|
|Great views of Langdale once you emerge from the top|
|Blea Rigg guarded by the marshes|
|Looking into Langdale from the summit of Blea Rigg|
Reuniting myself with the gang, we wandered over to Stickle Tarn, keeping an eye out for suitable spots for wild camping. We crossed the dam that holds back Stickle Tarn, at which point Ella decided it would be easier to swim the length of it instead of walking. Impressive stuff.
It's difficult not to stand and stare at Pavey Ark, such is it's dominance of the scenery, towering high over the tarn with the notorious Jack's Rake clearly visible cut into its face. One day I'll take myself up it, but not today.
|Pavey Ark, Stickle Tarn and Ella doing her best impression of a fish|
|Pike Howe from Stickle Tarn|
|Looking down the gully at Mark Gate|
|Raven Crag, a very popular spot for climbers|
This was a fascinating day and, despite not really climbing any peaks (still managing to squeeze one in), it was a great way to spend a couple hours wandering around the quieter parts of the famous Langdale Pikes. As I've mentioned, I'll be sure to revisit these routes again in the future, they provide more interesting and less crowded routes up to Stickle Tarn and are, in essence, a more direct route up to the Langdale Pikes and the fells beyond.