Lake Dis­trict

Trail (UK) - - LAKE DISTRICT -


NY294064 Be­hind the New Dun­geon Ghyll, go through the gate on the foot­path that leads out on to the grassy hill­side, then through an­other gate to start your as­cent of Stickle Ghyll with the river on your right. Con­tinue on a good, clear, flag­stone path, cross­ing the river at the bridge and con­tin­u­ing up the val­ley with the river now on your left. Get your scram­bling eye in by prac­tis­ing on rocks around the river and Tarn Crag, be­fore you reach the dam at Stickle Tarn.


NY288075 At the dam, fol­low the now grav­elly path to the right. Keep fol­low­ing the tarn edge, ig­nor­ing three other paths lead­ing away from Pavey Ark, un­less you want to avoid the scram­ble, in which case take the third path head­ing north with Bright Beck on your left. For the scram­ble, head to­wards Pavey Ark fol­low­ing the clear but un-mapped path around the tarn. The boul­ders are huge here, and a clear di­ag­o­nal path up into the cliffs emerges.


NY286079 The scram­ble be­gins eas­ily with steep rock steps, then the groove nar­rows, forc­ing you to use your hands as you gain height. The way up is clear, and you’ll aim to­wards an ash tree for the first 100m or so. After the tree the scram­bling be­comes in­ter­mit­tent as you as­cend a se­ries of ledges, then some fi­nal grippy boul­ders to the top. Be­fore you top out, get the oblig­a­tory photo hang­ing off the sharp rock (top-right) that makes it look like you’re over a cliff edge!


NY284078 Be­ware of high winds at the top, and maybe pop a jacket on be­fore­hand. Top out, con­grat­u­late your­self on the scram­ble, then turn left to head south-west then south to­wards Har­ri­son Stickle, with Stickle Tarn be­low. The path un­du­lates along the grassy, rocky plateau, then as­cends this 736m pike on a well-trav­elled rocky path. Turn right at the top to de­scend to a stream and reas­cend Pike of Stickle, an even rock­ier, 709m peak with some fun, short scram­ble routes to the sum­mit.


NY273073 At Pike of Stickle’s sum­mit, if you’re run­ning out of time (or parched), you can turn back and de­scend to the south-east via Loft Crag, down Mark Gate. How­ever, this route as­sumes you want to re­ally de­serve your pint and sug­gests you en­joy the views a lit­tle longer with a knee-friendly, grassy de­scent along the moor at the top of Mart Crag to meet the Cum­bria Way at Pile of Stones.


NY265086 At Pile of Stones, turn left into Lang­dale Combe and fol­low the very clear Cum­bria Way path’s flag­stones down Stake Gill. Turn left at the bot­tom to cross the foot­bridge and turn right, still on the Cum­bria Way, which will take you all the way along Mick­le­den Beck to the New Dun­geon Ghyll be­low Raven Crag and a patch of pine wood­land. En­joy your first pint (or two, I’m not judg­ing) here, be­fore pick­ing up the Cum­bria Way again and head­ing back to the Old Dun­geon Ghyll for plenty more post-walk re­hy­dra­tion.

Strik­ing a heroic pose near the top of Jack’s Rake.

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