23rd November 2014

High Raise from Great Langdale


Walk Overview
Time 9:20am to 3pm
Duration 5 hr 40 min
Distance 6.4 mile
Ascent 2600 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Stickle Barn - Stickle Ghyll - Stickle Tarn - Sergeant Man - High Raise - Thunacar Knott - Pavey Ark - Harrison Stickle - Thorn Crag ridge 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map

We're in Great Langdale this morning for a walk onto some of the Langdales, brilliant. However, the main aim was to get onto High Raise. I've been intending to walk up here for months, yet for one reason or another I've always ended up going somewhere else.
In the dim a distant past, fences like this one would have been a common site. Today, we can't help but look at them with a bit of curiosity and a bit of admiration.

Waterfalls in Stickle Ghyll.

Stickle Ghyll Hydro-power Project.

The gradient doesn't ease off on this route but this one of those places where I never feel like I'm needing to put much effort in to gain the height.

A view back down the route into Great Langdale.

Stickle Tarn was reached and I had expected to see lots of people in the area. Despite there being quite a few groups of people ahead of us on the way up, the place was just about deserted when we got here.

Pavey Ark seen across the tarn. We'll be up there later in the walk.

Our next objective was Sergeant Man; the pointed bit up there. To get there we headed in what you could say feels like the wrong direction. The idea today was to gain the Blea Rigg ridge (turn left) and then get to Sergeant Man by the main ridge path.

A view back to Stickle Tarn, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark.

It looks like the sunny conditions are turning up just as predicted.

Once on the ridge itself, we look across to the eastern fells. Down there you can see most of Easedale Tarn. I haven't been there yet this year so I must try to squeeze in a visit before the year is out.

Heading up to Sergeant Man.

Hopefully they're just training and not actually picking someone up.

Sergeant Man.
Over there on the left is Bow Fell.

Sergeant Man summit.

The view from Sergeant Man; AKA three lakes viewpoint. Rydal, Windermere and Elterwater.

From Sergeant Man we head up to High Raise. Easy walking up here but easy doesn't make it any less enjoyable.

Looking back to Sergeant Man.

High Raise summit.

High Raise summit, seen here in front of Bow Fell & Rossett Pike (left of the column), Esk Pike (above the column) and Scafell Pike, Great End and Allen Crags (right of the column).

Before leaving the summit I look northwards across to Low White Stones.


As we make our way to Thunacar Knott, Sergeant Man stands prominent over on our left hand side.


Thunacar Knott tarn.

Now it's time to make our way to Pavey Ark.

There are lots of pools and lots of rocks on Pavey Ark. Thankfully today, there was also lots of blue sky & sunshine above it.

The view from Pavey Ark summit showing Windermere in the distance, Elterwater, Great Langdale, Lingmoor Fell and right below us is Stickle Tarn.

A close up of Great Gable.

We're on Harrison Stickle now and as you can see from this picture, you could almost count on one hand the number of fells that still had cloud on them. We were still more than okay for time, but an hours more daylight hours would have been really nice. If we'd had that luxury we could have also included Pike O'Stickle and Loft Crag on the walk. As it was, it made sense to start heading back down with time to spare, than having to rush because it was getting dark later on, , , , , basic fell walking common sense and all that!

A close up of Pike O'Stickle and on the right is Rossett Pike.

There are three obvious routes to get to Sticklebarn from Harrison Stickle. Today, we chose to use the ridge on the northern side of Dungeon Ghyll leading down to Pike Howe. The others would have been:-
Drop down to Stickle Tarn / Stickle Ghyll
Mark Gate ridge on the south side of Dungeon Ghyll

Looking down the ridge.

Looking up to Harrison Stickle.


The shadow from Lingmoor Fell had all but covered Great Langdale, but, we were fortunate to continue enjoying the late afternoon sunlight until we were almost back at the car.

Not far to go now and I get a birds eye view of the Hydro-power project. It might look a right mess while the work is going on, but if other work of this type is anything to go by they always leave the place neat and tidy when they finish.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks