29th May 2005

Tarn Crag to Blea Rigg via the Langdales.

 

Walk Overview
Details
Time 08.45 to 18.45
Duration 10 hr
Distance 11.4 mile
Ascent 3865 ft
Walking with Jennifer - Andrew Leaney - Jill, Nigel and Mathew Batchelor
Route
Grasmere - Easedale Tarn - Tarn Crag - High Raise - Thunacar Knott - Pike O Stickle - Loft Crag - Harrison Stickle - Stickle Tarn - Blea Rigg - Easedale Tarn - Grasmere
 
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Directory places visited
 
 
 

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Broadgate, Grasmere

Broadgate is one of the three main car parks found in Grasmere. They all charge what may be considered over the odds, but I suppose parking in an area with so many walking options does come with a high price tag.

In addition to the walking on offer, the car park is within a minutes walk from the centre of Grasmere and everything it has to tempt the visitor.

 

Route Map
 
 
Photos

Tarn Crag and Sour Milk Gill from the path through Easedale.
We didn't have a specific route planned for today's walk, and the weather wasn't looking very good at the start, so we didn't really expect to end up walking as far as the Langdales and Stickle Tarn. But once we got as far as High Raise we thought it would be a shame to get this close the the Langdale Pikes and not walk across to them.

 

Crossing Easedale Tarn's outflow, ready to start our ascent of Tarn Crag.

 

Looking down to the outflow end of Easedale Tarn from the route up to the Tarn Crag ridge.

 

Codale Tarn, Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle from Tarn Crag.

 

From just below High Raise, with the Lord's Seat fells in the distance (left) Bassenthwaite in the middle and the Skiddaw fells to the right again.

 

Helvellyn Ridge and Fairfield across the broad wide open area around High Raise summit.

 

Pavey Ark from Thunacar Knott, with Windermere on the right of the picture.

 

Pike O Stickle from the route across Harrison Combe.

 

Harrison Stickle, Thorn Crag and Loft Crag from Harrison Combe

 

Loft Crag from Pike O Stickle,
Windermere, Lingmoor Fell and Blea Tarn behind.

 

A very impressive Pike O Stickle from Loft Crag.

 

Harrison Stickle from Loft Crag.

 

Harrison Stickle summit with Eltermere and Windermere behind.
From this point on the day got warmer and the cloud slowly disappeared, giving us perfect conditions for the last section of the walk. Adding the Langdale Pikes onto the walk was definitely the right decision. It just proves, sometimes the walks you "almost" make up as you go along, turn out to be some of the best.

 

Pavey Ark and part of Stickle Tarn from Harrison Stickle.
The fells in the distance are, Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, Dollywagon Pike, St Sunday Crag, Seat Sandal, Fairfield, Hart Crag and Great Rigg.

 

Stickle Tarn's dam.

 

Stickle Tarn with Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark.
The path we followed from Harrison Stickle down to the tarn can be seen running upwards from the far end of the tarn, then across to the right and up to the point midway between the two fells.

 

Easedale Tarn from the route off Blea Rigg.
Gibson Knott, Steel Fell and Helvellyn ridge behind.

 

Looking down Easedale from near Sour Milk Gill waterfalls.



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