Pike of Stickle, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark


Jack's Rake © Walk and Cycle
Stickle Tarn and Pavey Ark © Walk and Cycle
Langdale Pikes from White Stones © Walk and Cycle

This is a spectacular walk and is a variation to the usual 'tourist route' which starts with Pavey Ark. In good conditions allow a comfortable 5- 6 hours to take in the stunning views from the tops.

Park at the National Trust Car Park next to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel and walk behind the hotel heading east on the clearly marked Cumbrian Way. Walk approximately half a mile until you reach a stile. Turn left and with the wall now on your right, ascend towards Thorn Crag. In terms of navigation, this is the trickiest bit of the day.

Pass between Thorn and Gimmer Crags, with the conical Pike of Stickle as the first target of the day. From here the views across to the more famous Peaks are incredible.

Coming off the Pike, heading east, follow the well trodden path to cross a stream before climbing steadily to the summit of Harrison Stickle. From the cairn, the third summit of Pavey Ark can be seen atop an impressively rugged face, with the Stickle Tarn glimmering way below. If you're feeling energetic, continue NNW to Thunacar Knott, otherwise bear NNE along the ridge to Pavey Ark.

Rather than descending via the North Rake, skirt the rocks towards the gully which conducts Bright Beck to Stickle Tarn. Attaining the Tarn, follow the path which borders it and leads to the dam wall. From here there is a well trodden path passing under Tarn Crag, which follows the Ghyll down and you can rejoin the path back to the welcoming warmth and fine ale of the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.

Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Langdale, Lake District, England

The Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel is a classic walking and climbing hotel, and all the main Langdale Valley peaks can be accessed from the Old Dungeon Ghyll without needing a car to get to the start of the walk. Not just for walkers though, there are some seriously good climbs near the Old Dungeon Ghyll, you can even enjoy a sedate glass of real ale in the beer garden and be entertained by watching climbers on the crags behind the hotel.

The hotel offers excellent value for money, accommodation, traditional food and drink, relaxing home comforts and an informal atmosphere in a spectacular setting which rivals the best in the Lake District, that of the famous Langdale Pikes.