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The Langdale Pikes & High Raise
by poppiesrara » Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:59 am
Wainwrights included on this walk: Harrison Stickle, High Raise (Central Fells), Loft Crag, Pavey Ark, Pike o'Stickle, Sergeant Man, Thunacar Knott
Hewitts included on this walk: Harrison Stickle, High Raise (Central Fells), Pike o' Stickle
Date walked: 19/09/2012
Time taken: 4
Distance: 11.5 km
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The rain pelted down for all of the steep climb from Langdale to Stickle Tarn, and it says much for the quality of this path and the surrounding rock and falls scenery that it remains a pleasure still. The sudden appearance of the tarn backed by the fierce crags of Pavey Ark, even if you’ve seen a hundred shots of it before, is still startling. There were a handful of intrepids tackling Jack’s Rake, but it looks frighteningly exposed steep and narrow from this angle and – if the summit rocks are any guide – perhaps also abominably slippery. Not for me…
You quickly leave the rocks and solid paths behind to head up towards Sergeant Man – there’s a very muddy tread of sorts alongside Bright Beck but it was rather easier just to hack straight up the grassy hillside. Although the summits themselves are little oases of firm ground and rock, the typical moorland tramp over the intermediary tops and across the plateau to High Raise is dullish marshy going. The Raise itself is a very broad and nondescript hill, probably a desperate affair with the cloud down, but in breaking sunshine it has amazing views west and north.
After a good start, it’s more damp and painstaking going around reedy pools and stony lumps back to Pavey Ark (climbed the cheat’s way, up a mere few feet of rock) and then contouring round to the highway up to Harrison Stickle – the latter path surprisingly rough and unclear going so close to so many popular paths. You’re then onto the main Langdale Pikes way though, and the rest of the route is terrific from the ascent to the bulbous peak of Harrison Stickle onward.
Across the head of Dungeon Ghyll, a stepped path gets you halfway up Pike o’ Stickle before you can choose your own scrambling route to and from the summit – fun, unexposed stuff, the routes seem to get shorter but tougher the longer you stay on the path. Stunning views south from the summit…
Down again and on the easy ridge to Loft Crag, the skies opened again and – for the first time this year – there was a definite tinge of white and a cold sting in there, even with sunshine and a striking rainbow bathing the slopes yards away. Plenty of work done on the path back to Langdale from here and you could never mistake the way, even if the amount of sloping stone embedded makes it quite treacherous going in the wet. A wonderful set of peaks, and probably very lucky to catch the views on a day when almost no-one else seemed to.
by johnkaysleftleg » Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:34 am
by tenohfive » Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:30 pm
Time to dig out my sexy long johns
Good walk report mind and sounds like it was a good day out.
by ChrisW » Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:25 pm
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