The Langdale Pikes

  • Iconic hills of the Southern Lakes
  • High interest throughout
  • Jack’s Rake very exposed ( a Grade 1 scramble)

Deservedly one of the most popular walks in the Lakes it is worth savouring the day and not to scrimp and save time to tick the summits. Tackle Jack’s Rake under the 400′ rock face of Pavey Ark  at your own peril, although there are easier alternatives at either side, before continuing the walk over Pike O’ Stickle and its vertigo inducing summit.  The ascent to Stickle Tarn (at 1500′) is steep and well trodden, but once there the panorama opens up and the options are endless. The rugged scrambles up to the summit of Pavey Ark are followed by an innocuous stroll over the three famous Stickles of Harrison, Loft and Pike. The best descent is down Troughton Beck to the North West of Pike O’Stickle, again steep and rocky but completing a wonderful round.

Although the pub and hotel at the foot of the Langdale Pikes are both named after the Dungeon Ghyll the stream of that name is not used by walkers. Climbers may attempt the steep sided gill which rises a few hundred yards to the west of the popular Stickle Ghyll ascent.

Recommend. I recently took the children (aged 8 and 13 at the time) over the Langdales and from Stickle Tarn skirted to the right of Pavey Arc where there is an excellent and easy wide chimney which provides fun for the girls without any danger.

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OS Map: O/S 1/25,000. OL6 Lake District, South West.Buy Map
Start Point: NY 293065. The new Dungeon Ghyll Hotel car park which can be full in high summer
Height to Climb: 624ms (2,047 feet)
Terrain: There is a steep climb of just under 2000' to the summit of Pavey Ark. Paths are obvious but eroded (although they have been improved in recent years) due to decades of pounding feet used since the Victorian age.
Eating & Drinking: The New Dungeon Ghyll has a real walkers bar serving soup and sandwiches, the Old Dungeon Gyll is a little more exclusive but if you have a car drive a few miles south to the Wainwright at Chapel Style
Similar Walks Nearby: Great Carrs & Wetherlam
Crinkle Crags & Bowfell via the Band
Lingmoor Fell from the New Dungeon Ghyll
Places to Stay: Old Vicarage, AmblesideColwith Cottage, Langdale