Saturday 3 June, Sunday 4 June 2023
A weekend of guided walks as part of a small group in the Langdale Valley, including ascents of the famous 'Pikes' with their impressive, rocky scenery and far reaching views across the Lakeland fells. It's a great opportunity to bag some summits, made famous in the Lake District guides by Alfred Wainwright.
Saturday's walk is a fantastic tour of the Langdale Pikes on the north side of the valley. We take a quieter route to access the tops via Loft Crag, followed by a very easy scramble onto Pike O' Stickle (709m/2326ft). This pointy peak is one of the highlights of the walk and provides striking views of Bow Fell and the Southern Fells. Our next Langdale Pike is Harrison Stickle (736m/2414ft). The word "Stickle" means a hill with a steep and prominent rocky top and "Pike" is a hill with a peaked summit - both of these fells live up to their names!
We then stride out to Thunacar Knott (723m/2372ft) and onto High Raise (762m/2500ft), before heading head southeast to Sergeant Man (736m/2414ft) and then finally Pavey Ark (700m/2296ft). We choose a well-marked path to descend to the beautiful Stickle Tarn. This is a stunning place to rest and take in the magnificent cliff of Pavey Ark above, maybe watching people scramble up the famous Jack's Rake! All that is left is to descend a stone pitched path by the turbulent waters of Stickle Gill to return to our starting point.
This walk is about 7 miles/11 km with approx. 3046ft/928m of ascent.
Sunday's walk visits only one summit, Pike of Blisco (705m/2312ft) but it is a beautiful journey along the Oxendale Valley before ascending the mountain via the dramatic Browney Gill and Red Tarn. In good weather, this complex summit provides fine views over the Scafells (England's highest mountains), out towards the Coniston Fells, and along the Langdale Valley far below. Our return path over Wrynose Fell is rarely busy. We return then to our starting point via the slopes of Side Pike.
This walk is about 7.5 miles/12km with approx. 2352 ft/ 717 m of ascent.
The walks involve terrain that is rough, craggy, and steep in places. It may be boggy in other places. The walk is suitable for people with a good level of fitness, previous mountain experience or experience walking with us in the Peak District, and confidence on steep ground that could be slippery underfoot. Should weather conditions be unsuitable to be up in the mountains, an alternative guided walk will be offered in the local area.
The cost to join this whole weekend of guided walks is £80 per person. Alternatively, you can book on just the Saturday or Sunday for £40 per day.
Please book and pay below.
Saturday: We’ll meet at 9.15am for a prompt 9.30am start at the National Trust Stickle Barn Café Car Park. This is located in Great Langdale, adjacent to the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. The address is Stickle Barn, Stickle Ghyll, Great Langdale, LA22 9JY. Parking costs £8.50 per day and is a cash pay and display machine. Card payments can be made in Stickle Barn between 9am - 6pm. Or you can use paybyphone (Location ID 803361).
Sunday: It’s likely we’ll meet again at 9.15am for a prompt 9.30am start at the same Stickle Barn Car Park. If there are any time changes, we’ll let you know. Any alternative parking arrangements will be local to Stickle Barn. We should be finished between 4 and 5pm at the latest on Sunday.