Langdale Pikes

This is a walk that, given the right weather conditions, can never disappoint, since it contains within its bounds some of the finest scenery in Lakeland, and that’s saying something! The forecast promised a crisp, clear autumn day, but in the event this was really only true of the beginning and end of it, with a cloudy and very cold middle section occurring while I was at some of the most scenic parts. However, this state of affairs is too frequently the Lake District walker’s lot for it to be matter of much concern, and the walk as a whole provided ample opportunity to revel in many of the best of the sights it includes.
Ascent was from the NT car park near the new Dungeon Ghyll hotel, up the fell-side slope on the eastern side of Stickle Ghyll to Stickle Tarn, and from there to the summit of Harrison Stickle via the excellent paving on its eastern face. From there, descent to Harrision Combe (the rather dreary ‘basin’ between the main pikes), across to Thorn and then Loft Crags, and finishing up with Pike o’ Stickle. Descent was by returning across the edge of Harrison Combe to where Dungeon Ghyll starts, and then along the wonderful path above it and below Harrison Stickle to the green sward that leads down to Pike How. From here, back to the start.
Views on the way up to just short of Harrison Stickle summit, and later from Pike o’ Stickle, above Dungeon Ghyll and Pike How were all very good, i.e., only about one third short of the ideal total, so, to put it mildly, all in all, another great day out!
Highest point (Harrison Stickle): 2403 ft./732 m. Distance: 4.27 miles/ 6.87 km. Ascent: 2608 ft./ 795 m.)

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