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Re-exploring sunny Langdale

Re-exploring sunny Langdale


Postby Jaxter » Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:28 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Loughrigg Fell, Silver How

Date walked: 17/09/2017

Time taken: 6.4

Distance: 21.87 km

Ascent: 1096m

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Part One

Silver How and the Chapel Stile Ridge
8.34km
463m ascent
2 hours 20 mins


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After a home cooked meal (my Mum is an amazing cook), a gloriously hot shower and a decent nights sleep in a bed, I was in no hurry to get up in the morning. My parents decided to head to church while I decided it was such a gorgeous morning that the mountain was my church and took the camera for a wander up some old haunts.

Leaving Elterwater I crossed the road and headed straight up the road for a few metres before joining a boggy path through the braken.

The views were stunning already – looking back I could see Loughrigg Fell and Wetherlam behind
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I met a few people out who all agreed it was far too bonny a morning to be indoors. Reaching a flat grassy area I climbed steeply up a rocky and eroded path onto the ridge.

The views were stunning – behind is Great Rigg and Seat Sandal where I’d been the day before
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As I walked along the ridge the Langdale Pikes came into view
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It was absolutely roasting and I found myself wishing I’d brought my shorts. Continuing along the ridge I met a couple who seemed worried that I didn’t really know where I was headed :shock: I assured them that I was just wandering, knew the area and had a map with me (as well as waterproofs, down jacket, extra gloves, enough food to feed a family of four, midge repellent, suncream, emergency bivvy bag and the rest of the kitchen sink :shock: :lol: )

I found a cairn and decided it was the perfect opportunity for a wee Jaxter pose…
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Looking back the way I’d come I could see Elterwater and down the glen to Windermere
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Elterwater
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As I continued along the ridge I came across a sheep that was sunbathing on the path….so used to people I managed to take a photo and walk right up to it before it moved :lol:
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As I gained height along the ridge I could see the Langdale Pikes more clearly – it was tempting to keep going instead of returning home for lunch with the folks….
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Langdale valley framed by Pike O Blisco, Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and the Pikes
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Down towards Grasmere
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Lingmoor Fell with Wetherlam behind
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Reaching a high point I got the big lens out…The Langdale Pikes taking centre stage; Harrison Stickle and Paveyark
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Bowfell
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Pike O Blisco
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Paveyark – can see Jack’s Rake across the middle. Save that one for another day 8)
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Harrison Stickle with people on top
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The whole panorama
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Grasmere
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It was time to head down as I had a deadline – Lunch :D And also a plan to head out again in the afternoon.

Langdale valley
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I found a gully to scramble down until a path materialised. It was steep downhill and got me down quickly and then a short road walk into Chapel Stile.

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From here I walked along the river to Elterwater and was back in time for lunch and making plans for the afternoon….


Some time later....

Side Pike & Lingmoor Fell
13.53km
633m ascent
4 hours 20 mins


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After lunch we set out down Langdale valley…It was still very warm (this time I’d got my shorts and soon stopped to put them on 8) ) and the Pikes were in full view
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We could see Dungeon Gyhll Hotel and the tourist route up to Stickle Tarn
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We continued along the valley floor and as we rounded a bend we could see Side Pike, our target.
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Pike O Blisco, the Crinkle Crags and Bowfell (just out of shot) were striking
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As we progressed the path became a bit more boggy…here my Dad negotiates a boggy section but disappointingly made it across without mishap :lol:
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Crossing a field
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Looking up the Pikes
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We met a path which climbed steeply uphill to the bealach between Side Pike and Pike O Blisco. The early evening light was making the end of the valley look awesome
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Little Langdale Tarn
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From here the climb up Side Pike itself began. The hill is made of layers of rock making the climb really interesting – like huge steps as you have to climb up rocky shelves. At some point as we climbed this section we realised that it was going to take a long time to get back….As what to do was discussed, I discovered I could zoom all the way to Easy Gulley from here
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Paveyark
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Harrison Stickle
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Crags…
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Bowfell and the Band
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Figuring we may as well get to the summit before making a decision we climbed the last wee section and this tiny hill although only 350m high is such a great wee viewpoint 8)

Langdale Pikes
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Bowfell and the Crinkles
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Panorama – Little Langdale to the Pikes
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The folks
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Had to happen….
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It was definitely evening….
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We headed back down to “the Squeeze” which I’d never heard of and my parents had found out about my accident. It consisted of a tiny gap that you had to take your bag of and go through sideways whilst breathing in :shock: :lol:
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Mum makes it through….
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Little Langdale tarn
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Here it was decision time….all of the options were going to have us getting back later than planned :roll: but the best plans are flexible. The folks decided to go to the pub and utilise their bus passes to get back down the valley :lol:

I don’t have a bus pass :lol: Although a bus fare was offered, I decided that since it was shaping up to be a gorgeous evening and I walk fast, I would walk back over Lingmoor Fell.

It was an easy climb upwards towards Lingmoor Fell and I soon found myself much higher than Side Pike.

The Pikes with wee Side Pike in the bottom left
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Side Pike
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Wetherlam and Swirl How come into view
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The evening light was making the Pikes look amazing
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The sun shining on Pike O Blisco
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The ridge continues….
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Looking back again
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Soon enough I made the summit of Lingmoor Fell
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Swirl How horseshoe
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Panorama time 8)
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Conscious of time I got going again. It was also pretty chilly when I was stopped :lol: The path down the ridge was easy to follow and really enjoyable to walk. I knew I had been up there loads of times before but it was so many years ago :lol:

Rainbow over Windermere
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Looking back
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The English sure know how to build a wall :lol:
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Another glance back
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Swirl How and Wetherlam again
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A final glance back
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I’m not sure what this is….the map suggests Hard Knott
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The ridge ahead
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Back up the ridge
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The sun dropping behind the hill
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Chapel Stile
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An easier gate-climb than I’m used to :lol:
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Now on a track, I followed it all the way down to the quarry. The Pikes were just visible….
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Quarry!
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The Pikes once more
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Reaching the river it was an easy stroll back towards Elterwater with rainbows for company…
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I was back just before the rain started…able to dump my stuff and take the camera up to a high point in case the sunset materialised…it didn’t but the light behind the Pikes was an awesome end to an awesome day 8)

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The final day
Last edited by Jaxter on Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:49 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Re-exploring sunny Langdale

Postby Alteknacker » Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:32 pm

Stunning set of pics - you're certainly working that camera hard :D
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Re: Re-exploring sunny Langdale

Postby Jaxter » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:52 am

Alteknacker wrote:Stunning set of pics - you're certainly working that camera hard :D

Cheers! It’s not had many outings since :lol:
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