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Langdale Pikes etc from Grasmere

Langdale Pikes etc from Grasmere


Postby dav2930 » Wed Oct 14, 2015 8:19 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Blea Rigg, Harrison Stickle, Loft Crag, Pavey Ark, Pike o'Stickle, Sergeant Man, Silver How, Tarn Crag (Central Fells), Thunacar Knott

Hewitts included on this walk: Harrison Stickle, Pike o' Stickle

Date walked: 11/10/2015

Time taken: 8.25

Distance: 17.7 km

Ascent: 1067m

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Met up with Karl on Sunday for a bout of Wainwright bagging. Karl has already done most of them but decided to start from scratch and make a project of ticking them all off methodically. Great idea! As for me, I just like getting out on the fells - I don't care how many times I do them or in what order! :D

Grasmere was our starting point, from which a relatively short and easy walk would reap a surprisingly rich harvest.


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We found a spot in the village to park for free. :shock: Set off walking up Alllen Bank at about 9.10am. Couldn't help noticing nice Autumn colours in the trees.

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Helm Crag from the Allen Bank lane

"So Karl", says I, "we're going Silver Howe, then Blea Rigg, then Pavey Ark, right?" "Aye", says Karl. "Well", says I, "we might as well go up Jack's Rake then." "Aye", says Karl, "s'pose we might." "Good", says I - "don't s'pose we go back via Helm Crag?" "Naw", says Karl, "Tarn Crag".

I was just a tad disappointed; I'd been harbouring a desire to do both Jack's Rake and the Howitzer in the same walk ever since reading a WR by pamfox which described just such a scwalk (conceived and led by simon-b). But I bit my tongue as I didn't want to disrupt Karl's Wainwright strategy.

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Vale of Grasmere; Seat Sandal and Fairfield at the back


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Where the path to Silver Howe crosses Wray Gill


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Grasmere and Rydal Water from Silver Howe


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Cairn on summit of Silver Howe


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Reedy tarn near Lang Howe


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Easedale Tarn from the way up Blea Rigg


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Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark above Stickle Tarn


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Pavey Ark with the diagonal trench of Jack's Rake slanting leftwards across the crag


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Climbers on The Bracken Clock (E2) and, left, Rake End Wall (VS).


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Stickle Tarn


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Typical Sunday on Jack's Rake - join the queue!


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The queue a bit higher up


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Pavey Ark from Harrison Stickle


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Summit of Harrison Stickle looking down Langdale ...(ed. 17/10/15) - oops, it's the summit of Loft Crag. Phew, glad I fixed that before anyone noticed (or at least before anyone said anything!)


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Harrison Stickle from Loft Crag


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Pike o' Stickle from Loft Crag


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Loft Crag from Pike o' Stickle - the fine buttress on the right is Gimmer Crag


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Harrison Stickle from Pike o' Stickle


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Lots of folk on Thunacar Knott


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Cairn on summit of Sergeant Man, with raven in sky


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Codale Tarn


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View from Tarn Crag


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Tarn Crag above Easedale Tarn

All in all a very interesting and satisfying walk, which would have been even better had it included Calf Crag, Gibson Knott and Helm Crag (sorry Karl)! :lol:
Last edited by dav2930 on Sat Oct 17, 2015 6:30 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Langdale Pikes etc from Grasmere

Postby georgeaquaterra » Fri Oct 16, 2015 9:32 am

Thanks Dav,

This site is great for giving ideas for walks that might not have occurred to me. I would never have thought to attack the Langdale's from Grasmere, but having seen this and the report by Pamfox you refer to it now seems an obvious and really good way to mop some up I haven't already done without re-covering old ground. And it seems to offer a mighty haul of fells to tick off the list. So thanks for the report.

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Re: Langdale Pikes etc from Grasmere

Postby ChrisW » Fri Oct 16, 2015 6:02 pm

That looks a lovely round Dav, great pics (even if you think it could've been better :lol: :lol: ) Can't get between a man and his wainwright bagging system :wink: Why so many folks on top of Thunacar Knott....is it a 'tourist venue', the rest didn't seem to have many folks at all :crazy:
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Re: Langdale Pikes etc from Grasmere

Postby dav2930 » Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:07 pm

georgeaquaterra wrote:Thanks Dav,

This site is great for giving ideas for walks that might not have occurred to me. I would never have thought to attack the Langdale's from Grasmere, but having seen this and the report by Pamfox you refer to it now seems an obvious and really good way to mop some up I haven't already done without re-covering old ground. And it seems to offer a mighty haul of fells to tick off the list. So thanks for the report.

George

Thanks George you're most welcome. It's nice to think that a WR one submits gives other people ideas, and that is definitely one of the great things about this site. Some of the reports on here have really inspired me and have provided a wealth of useful information too! :D
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Re: Langdale Pikes etc from Grasmere

Postby dav2930 » Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:28 pm

ChrisW wrote:That looks a lovely round Dav, great pics (even if you think it could've been better :lol: :lol: ) Can't get between a man and his wainwright bagging system :wink: Why so many folks on top of Thunacar Knott....is it a 'tourist venue', the rest didn't seem to have many folks at all :crazy:

Thanks Chris. Maybe I'll have to devise some kind of system for bagging the Munros I haven't done yet! :think:
It was a bit strange why there were so many people on Thunacar Knott as it's about the dullest summit in the area! I wouldn't have thought it was much of a tourist magnet but maybe I'm missing something. :? :lol:
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Re: Langdale Pikes etc from Grasmere

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Sat Oct 17, 2015 2:50 pm

A fine round on what looked a lovely day, you may well have witnessed the busiest Thunacar Knott has ever been :lol:
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Re: Langdale Pikes etc from Grasmere

Postby dav2930 » Sat Oct 17, 2015 5:57 pm

johnkaysleftleg wrote:... you may well have witnessed the busiest Thunacar Knott has ever been :lol:

Quite possibly! :wink:
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Re: Langdale Pikes etc from Grasmere

Postby trailmasher » Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:21 pm

Nice one dav :clap: and a good way to pick up the Langdales - saves a long drive round :D - and pick up some Wainwright's on the way especially Tarn Crag stuck all by itself.
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Re: Langdale Pikes etc from Grasmere

Postby dav2930 » Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:32 pm

trailmasher wrote:Nice one dav :clap: and a good way to pick up the Langdales - saves a long drive round :D - and pick up some Wainwright's on the way especially Tarn Crag stuck all by itself.

Thanks TM. :D Yeah that was karl's thinking; if we'd taken in Helm Crag etc it would have left Tarn Crag to do on its own, which isn't very efficient. Would have made a better walk though - and added another (short) scramble! :roll:
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Re: Langdale Pikes etc from Grasmere

Postby Guinessman » Sun Oct 18, 2015 10:23 am

Did a similar route on the 8th going from Grasmere (parked in the A591 layby outside the village free parking!!!! ) Easdale tarn, Castle howe, Blea rigg, Jakes rake, Pavey Ark, Thunacar Knott, Raise, Greenup edge and back to Grasmere. Had intended doing Helm crag but felt knackered and took the valley walk out instead which felt long. As has been said, great way to pick up some hills and for me new ground covered around Grasmere.
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Re: Langdale Pikes etc from Grasmere

Postby mamoset » Sun Oct 18, 2015 10:35 am

Looks a good route that, I'll have to try that one, thanks for sharing.
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Re: Langdale Pikes etc from Grasmere

Postby dav2930 » Sun Oct 18, 2015 8:35 pm

Thanks Guinessman and mamoset. :D
Sounds like a good round you did Guinessman - makes sense to include High Raise.
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