The Langdale 10

“Set in the rugged but beautiful Langdale Valley the Langdale 10 is a tough day walk including 10 of the best Wainwrights” 

15 miles. 1,700 ms (5,400 ft)

The Walk

Langdale Pikes and High Raise from Lingmoor
Langdale Pikes and High Raise from Lingmoor

The circuit of the Langdale Valley is a challenging one day walk. It is comparable to the Yorkshire 3 Peaks in height gained (a little more) and although shorter, the nature of the terrain and the much rougher paths makes this a similar challenge.

All the fells are classed as Wainwrights and over 2,000 foot.

Bowfell 902 ms (2,960 ft)

Esk Pike 885 ms (2,903 ft)

Rossett Pike 651 ms (2,106 ft)

Pike O’ Stickle 709 ms (2,323 ft)

Loft Crag 680 ms (2,270 ft)

Harrison Stickle 736 ms (2,403 ft)

Pavey Ark 700 ms (2,288ft)

Thunacar Knott  723 ms (2,351 ft)

High Raise 762 ms (2,500 ft)

Seageant’s Man 731 ms (2,414 ft)

Summit of Harrison Stickle
Summit of Harrison Stickle

From Langdale (New Dungeon Ghyll) the route heads in initially for the Band and a steep ascent of Bowfell. The rough and rocky path heads north to Esk Pike with the two first peaks the highest at over 2,900 feet each. From here it is downhill all the way! Carry on north to Esk Hause and the main track heading south west, past Angle Tarn to the col overlooking the head of Langdale.

The views (if you are out the cloud) are superb as you head north over Rossett Pike and down to the col at Stake Pass. A long trawl (often wet) leads gradually up towards the Langdale Pikes. The first , Pike O’Stickle, involves a bit of a scramble and is exposed on the summit. From here the peaks come thick and fast; Loft Crag, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark are rocky and dramatic whereas the remaining peaks are not.

Pike O Stickle
Pike O Stickle

Heading north from Pavey Ark the land becomes rolling and grassy; Thurnacar Knott is crossed on the climb to High Raise (the highest point of the Langdales, but only 2,500 feet). The return is over Seargeant’s Man and back to Stickle Tarn. From here a steep and eroded path leads down to your start point at the new Dungeon Ghyll. A big old day.

Hire a Guide to help you round the Langdale 10

A guide for the day costs £200 for up to 8 people. If there is more than 8 people then a 2nd guide may be needed.

All our guides are experienced Mountain Leaders with up to date First Aid qualifications.

To find out more either e mail us at or call me direct on 07824 304060.

Windy on the Langdales
Windy on the Langdales
  • Judith says:

    How long does this roughly take the complete please? Looking to organise it for July time with a group of 4-5.

  • Gary Crosby says:

    Could anyone tell me which map covers the langdale 10 peaks circular walk please.
    Thanks gary

  • Darren Cole says:

    Bowfell without Crinkle Crags? Sacrilege!

    This should be the The Langdale 11.

    Tough challenge though.

    All the best


  • Graham Tweddle says:

    Dear Sirs,
    Are there any “Challenge Days” for completing the Langdale 10 against the clock with a certificate at the end ? I’m organising a day or two walk for a group and over the last couple of years we have competed the Yorkshire 3 peaks and the National 3 peaks and are looking for something similar but ideally based in the Lakes.

    Your faithfully
    Graham Tweddle

    • Jonathan says:

      This is not an official route with certificates but an independent challenge. It is based upon the Fell Race around Langdale.

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