An amazing hike that takes in tarns, fells and a couple of Wainwrights to tick off the list. A lung busting first half an hour means the views are incredible and almost immediate.

Starting at the National Trust Stickle Ghyll car park (or utilising the free on road parking) make your way up the well maintained steps and path taking in Stickle Ghyll. The first half an hour of this walk is the steepest, with an early (easy) river crossing before being presented with the awesome Stickle Tarn at the top.

To extend this walk, circle the tarn anti-clockwise, heading up the back of Pavey Ark for some fun basic scrambling.Once up top, it's a steady ascent over to Harrison Stickle, and another peak in Pile of Stickle.

From here, it's a relatively flat walk northwards across open moorland to the to of High Raise, the tallest Wainwright in the Central Langdales.It can be windy up here, but there are some sunken walls at the top where you can tuck in and have a picnic if the weather permits.Drop down once more, head south east and if you really love the uphill a you can throw in Buck Pike and Rossett Pike, or circle them before reaching the spectacular Angle Tarn.

Follow the well maintained path steeply down, and drop into the valley rapidly. A walk through the valley and you reach the pub!We did this route in around six hours but there were 80mph wind gusts and a lots of ice under foot.

Pack List

It's the Lake District, so the weather can change rapidly. On the day I completed this route it went from bright sunlight to 80mph winds and hailstorms within minutes.

  • Hiking boots with a grippy sole
  • Water proofs
  • Food and Water
  • Torch
  • Map
  • Hat
  • Crampons (winter)
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RT Distance 13 Miles
Elevation Gain 3000 Feet
Activities Photography, Running, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Easy Parking
Lake
Picnic Area
River
Swimming Hole

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about 2 years ago

First proper introduction to the Lakes

I did the walk about 10 years ago and although I had been to the lakes many times as a kid this was the first proper adventure up there as an adult. It's an amazing part of the Lakes with loads to see. There is also Jack's Rake, a scramble up the front of Pavey Ark. Read up first though, not for the faint hearted!

about 2 years ago

A Great Little Challenge!

Just got back from completing this walk and what a great little walk it is. Not the longest walk, but due to how steep and rocky the path is it does make it a challenge. The views from the top are a great reward!


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