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Coniston weekend part 1 - Langdale Pikes

Coniston weekend part 1 - Langdale Pikes


Postby Beery Hiker » Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:54 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Harrison Stickle, Pavey Ark, Pike o'Stickle

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

Date walked: 13/01/2017

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This was the first of our two walks in our recent weekend in Coniston. Encouraged by a promising weather forecast, we started early and soon passed through the band of snow on the M6 to emerge into sunshine. Before long the snowy mountains were beckoning
Image20170113_093314 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
So we headed up Langdale:
Image20170113_094923 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Image20170113_095101 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
and left the cars at the Dungeon Ghyll Old Hotel.
ImageIMG_0442 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
and headed towards the new one
ImageIMG_0448 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Harrison Stickle was an obvious target:
ImageIMG_0457 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
but we couldn't resist the odd look back down the valley:
ImageIMG_0459 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Higher up we encountered more snow
ImageIMG_0464 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
and took a breather below Thorn Crag
ImageIMG_0470 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
ImageIMG_0471 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Further up the slopes got steeper and rougher
ImageIMG_0473 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
and we were soon on the plateau between the three Pikes
ImageIMG_0475 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
A short scramble took us up to Pike of Stickle
ImageIMG_0476 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
ImageIMG_0477 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Doubling back, we were soon on the top of Harrison Stickle
ImageIMG_0485 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
looking down at Stickle Tarn
ImageIMG_0486 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Having decided the direct way down to the Tarn looked a little steep and loose, we continued over Pavey Ark
ImageIMG_0490 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
and found an uncomfortable and occasionally hair-raising descent down what Wainwright dubbed North Rake. Looking back at Jack's Rake:
ImageIMG_0493 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
and onwards to Stickle Tarn
ImageIMG_0495 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
as the light was starting to fade
ImageIMG_0499 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
we took a last look down the valley:
ImageIMG_0502 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
and returned to the car. Onwards to the Holly How hostel, very convenient for the Black Bull and its excellent range of Coniston beers:
Image20170114_084658 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
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Beery Hiker
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Re: Coniston weekend part 1 - Langdale Pikes

Postby Alteknacker » Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:48 pm

What a brilliant day for a walk in these hills, and it looks like there were few other folk about! I've only done these in clag: these pics illustrates just what I missed :(

I was focused on the weather in Snowdonia this last weekend, and somehow missed the good forecast for the LD - d**n!
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Re: Coniston weekend part 1 - Langdale Pikes

Postby trailmasher » Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:49 pm

Langdale, what a fine place to be on such a good day 8) Some good shots you got there BH, well done :clap:
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Re: Coniston weekend part 1 - Langdale Pikes

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:53 am

thanks Beery Hiker, great report!

great photos too - no-one would realise that the first three photos were taken through the window of a moving car!
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Re: Coniston weekend part 1 - Langdale Pikes

Postby Beery Hiker » Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:27 am

Thanks for the comments. Yes, HMHT, I was quite pleased with the way a few of the moving car photos came out, but I did delete most of them! I'm sure you have plenty of great photos too...
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Re: Coniston weekend part 1 - Langdale Pikes

Postby ChrisW » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:14 pm

What a cracking start to a hiking weekend BH, lovely photos of a fine looking wander and a perfect end to the day by the sound of it :wink:
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