Langdale Pikes

A Lakes walk posted on 14/05/15 by bernardino. Update : 25/06/17

A hike to four summits discovering a wide range of this part of the Nation Park Lake District. The Park Lake District trails aren't waymarked. There are very few signs but the pathway is straightforward as there aren't many crossings. It is, however, preferable not to leave the trail, especially in foggy weather.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h50[?]
Distance Distance : 10.58km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 770m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 770m
Highest point Highest point : 835m
Lowest point Lowest point : 139m
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Lake District
Location Location : Lakes
Starting point Starting point : N 54.44822° / W 3.087624°

Description

Take the B4343 and park in the car park (D) just off the road (£6.50 per day).
Begin the hike on the paved road due north-west and cross the meadow that follows. After passing the fence, head down the trail to the left (1). Start a long climb up a steep slope, pass under Loft Crag peak then under that of Pike of Stickle.

Pass by the peak and totally change direction by turning 90° onto a track to the right (2) over approximately 400 m take another 90° turn right, smoothly reaching the summit of Harrison Stickle (3).

Take the previous direction again over a few metres then head right. When you reach Thunacar Knott cairn, continue heading north over roughly 1 km getting to the summit of High Raise (4) and its stone shelters.

Now leave heading south-east on an even pathway and reach the summit of Sergeant Man (5).

Start your downhill descent taking a northerly route around the summit, and heading south-east then south to reach Stickle Tarn Lake (6). Walk along the east bank, cross the dam and take the trail heading south (7) which, after a steep downhill slope reaches point (1) then the car park.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.2 - alt. km 0.2 - Junction
2 : km 2.71 - alt. km 2.71 - Junction under Pike of Stickle
3 : km 3.87 - alt. km 3.87 - Harrison Stickle
4 : km 6.19 - alt. km 6.19 - High Raise
5 : km 7.05 - alt. km 7.05 - Sergeant Man
6 : km 8.76 - alt. km 8.76 - Stickle Tarn
7 : km 9.12 - alt. km 9.12 - Stickle Tarn junction - way back
D/A : km 10.58 - alt. km 10.58

Informations pratiques

No water points.
A few stone shelter on the summits, protecting from the wind which, here, is pretty much every day and often (like today) relatively strong. That's the reason why we didn't make it to the first summit: Pike of Stickle.

Click here to see how to reach the starting point.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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During the walk or to do/see around

The layout of the vast Lake District with walls distinguishing the meadows where the sheep are kings.

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