Although totally unintentional, those early travellers who established the crossing from Duddon Valley over to Coniston via what we now call the Walna Scar Road, had no idea that they were in effect creating a kind of frontier for modern fell walkers. The higher Coniston fells on the northern side of this line as as busy as any in the Lake District, while to the south, there is a large area of perfectly good ground which has remained largely unknown to most visitors. This could be viewed in two ways, on the one hand, those of us who seek out these wonderful areas can often walk for hours in total isolation from the rest of the world, and are thankful for it. The flip side to this coin however, is that so many people are missing out on a real fell walking treat, and all for the want of breaking from the norm.
Stickle Pike stands out as the most prominent of the fells found between Ulpha and Broughton Mills. It's distinctive shape among so many humps and bumps make it easily recognisable from afar and from certain angles at closer quarters, Stickle Pike could easily be described as the perfect shape for a mountain; albeit on a small scale.
My personal recommendation for Stickle Pike is to include it in a walk with Caw; it's not too far away northern neighbour. Two rare birds with one stone, so to speak.