13th February 2010

Loft Crag to Rossett Pike from Stickle Barn


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 14.00
Duration 5 hr
Distance 8.6 mile
Ascent 2740 ft
Walking with On my own
Stickle Barn - Mark Gate - Loft Crag - Pike O'Stickle - Martcrag Moor - Stake Pass - Rossett Pike - Rossett Gill - Mickleden - Old Dungeon Gill Hotel - road back to Stickle Barn
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Stickle Barn, Great Langdale

A very busy place indeed, not only with those parking up to head onto the fells, but with people stopping off for something to eat or drink.

There are actually two car parks here, one next to Stickle Barn and the other buildings and the other found on the opposite side of the road.


Route Map

Leaving the valley behind and heading up the (Mark Gate) route to Loft Crag and the Langdales. The route I took this morning does actually get you up to a convenient point to let you easily visit all the Langdale fells. Today however, the weather decided to play a few tricks on me so I ended up changing my original route. Little did I know I'd be tricked again, and I ended up not getting a view from any of the three fells I visited today.

Looking towards the Oxendale end of Great Langdale.

And looking in the opposite direction towards the Chapel Stile end of the valley.


That seems to be promising; clearing skies and no wind. At this point I thought I was in for a real treat weather-wise. It didn't quite work out that way however, but at least I had the place to myself.

Well, , here comes the cloud.

Just as the path levels out a little, I got my first sight of what I was heading into.

Harrison Stickle seen from the route to Loft Crag.

Looking into the mist and murk over Harrison Combe. It's a good job I don't mind being on my own!

For no other reason than to try and keep the views, it was here that I decided not to bother heading across to Harrison Stickle, Pavery Ark or any of the fells in that direction. Instead, I thought I'd get away with heading down to Stake Pass and then across to Rossett Pike, which is a slightly lower route. Unfortunately the weather had other ideas.

Pike O'Stickle comes into view as the mist clears for a while.
It was quite a precarious and slippery affair getting to the summit, and I don't mind admitting there were a few times when I actually asked myself what on earth I was doing up here.

A quick look back to Pike O'Stickle.

Out of the cloud (for a while at least) and looking across to Bow Fell and Rossett Pike.

As I headed across Martcrag Moor it started snowing. I really didn't expect this at all today.

Stake Pass summit cairn, taken just before the heavy snow shower really set in and the cloud took away the view.

A gap in the cloud allows this view down to Mickleden.

Rossett Pike was visited but I'm afraid the view, along with the view from the other two summits on todays walk, was none existent. Never mind, It least I managed to get this view of Angle Tarn before I headed down Rossett Gill.

Standing at the top of Rossett Gill and looking down to Mickleden and Great Langdale.
The fell in the centre of the picture is Lingmoor Fell.

A close up of the Langdales; still hanging onto the cloud.
Less than half an hour later, , ,

, , , would you believe it? Pike O'Stickle was now free from cloud and enjoying some sunshine. Perhaps I should have stayed in bed for an extra hour or so and set off later.


Looking up to Rossett Pike.


The footbridge over Stake Gill with pointed top of Rossett Pike visible on the skyline.

The view back through Mickleden.

It looks like a different world up there to the one I had this morning.

Middle Fell Farm.

Looking from Rossett Bridge to the route I took out of the valley this morning (above the front row of crags).


David Hall -
Lake District Walks