Up Mickleden to Pike O’Stickle

  • A lovely approach to the Langdale Pikes
  • Changing views of the Langdale Valley
  • Rocky, airy scrambles up Pike O’Stickle & Loft Crag

Many thousands of walkers trail up the steep eroded path to Stickle Tarn and complete a circuit of Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle before heading back down the steep eroded path. As worthy a walk as this is much of the appeal of the Langdale Pikes is missed and I prefer a leisurely ascent up Mickleden and approach Pike O’ Stickle from the more remote moors to the west. The paths are so much more pleasant, the scenery ever changing with the full perspective of the Langdale Valley witnessed and enjoyed. The dramatic rock scenery is viewed rather than risked; the descent between the underrated Loft Crag and Harrison Stickle offering some dramatic views including an unexpected peak into the proper Dungeon Ghyll (valley not pub).

My most recent climb was in the snow which adds drama and excitement to the route.

Recommend: There are 2 possible extensions to the basic circuit, my favourite is to add Rossett Pike although the climb up Rossett Gill is tortuous whilst a full circuit of the Langdales can be made by continuing over Pavey Ark and the easy descent to the east.

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Mickleden via Pike O'Stickle map


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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. The English Lakes South West. Buy Map
Start Point: NY065295. Parking at the New Dungeon Ghyll head to the gate at the top of the car park, climb the fell for a few hundred yards joining the clear path that is the Cumbrian Way
Height to Climb: 606 ms (1,988 feet)
Terrain: Easy walking throughout, mainly on good paths or the bridleway up Mickleden
Eating & Drinking: A wonderful descent drops directly in to the Stickle Barn. Perfect.
Similar Walks Nearby: Crinkle Crags & Bowfell
Lingmoor Fell from the Dungeon Ghyll
The Langdale Pikes
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