19th July 2016

The Langdale Pikes plus a few more - from Stonethwaite

Time 7am to 1:30pm
Duration 6 hr 30 min
Distance 12.9 mile
Ascent Somewhere near 3400 ft
Walking with On my own
Stonethwaite - Langstrath - Stake Pass - Martcrag Moor - Pike O'Stickle - Loft Crag - Harrison Stickle - Pavey Ark - Thunacar Knott - Sergeant Man - High Raise - Sergeant's Crag - Eagle Crag - Greenup Gill - Stonethwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Parking spaces, Stonethwaite

Despite there only being spaces for about 5 cars next to the phone box this is somewhere I've only failed to get to get parked on one occasion. Found in the middle of Stonethwaite, this about as good as it gets for sheer variety of walks.

There is also a small parking area just before the main village. It is more of a lay-by than anything else but there is room for about a dozen cars.

Parking is free and for those wishing to eat or drink after a walk the hotel / pub is less than a minutes walk further into the village.

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


40 shillings, , , Blimey, that's £2 for all you youngsters out there.

7am in Stonethwaite and even though I'm walking in the shade it's already starting to feel warm. Apparently all the hot weather from France & Spain is somehow working its way across the channel to the UK. This is brilliant - they're suggesting over 30 deg in the south while us northerners are expecting it to be quite cool in the high 20s. Best make good if it though, tomorrow we're getting thunder. lightening and torrential rain.

Todays route took me into the fantastic, secluded valley of Langstrath. It always feels special walking through here, particularly at this time of morning when you have the whole place to yourself.

Looking through Langstrath towards Stake Pass; the steep bit to the right of the shaded area.

And now looking back the way I'd just came.

Here I cross Langstrath Beck and make my way to the bottom of Stake Pass.


With a little bit of height gained I get this lovely view back into Langstrath. I wonder why no one ever built a farm or even a small village in Langstrath. Just think, there would be a nice road leading from Borrowdale to a good sized car park, a gift shop, a pub and lots of holiday accommodation - - - - litter, noise, crowds of people and an end to this horrible quietness and seclusion.

Once at the top of Stake Pass the view opens to show Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell, Rossett Pike and Esk Pike.

Bow Fell, Esk Pike and Allan Crags seen across Martcrag Moor. Talk about peaceful !!


Pike O'Stickle.

and again, from a little further along the path. Lots of fells in the background here - Bow Fell, Esk Pike, Rossett Pike, Great End, Allan Crags and Great Gable.

Harrison Stickle summit.

Looking back to Harrison Stickle from the path to Pavey Ark. Blimey, this is nice. All the way along here was a lovely cooling breeze which made me forget that the temperature was knocking on the door of 30deg C in the valleys today.

Thunacar Knott Tarn.

From Sergeant Man summit I look at the route up to High Raise. Once again, there was a nice breeze for a while. Absolutely perfect walking conditions up here today.


Today's highest point was High Raise.

Right, I hadn't had a sit down since 7 o'clock so I thought it a good idea to rest a while on those big stones just in front of me. After getting that out of my system I headed off path towards the low ground down there next to Sergeant's Crag.





O yes, they were four different planes not the same on photographed 4 times.

Heading to Sergeants Crag was a drier affair than I thought it would be. Although I still tried to pick out a route across the higher bits to make sure I arrived dry shod.


Sergeant's Crag summit.

A close up of Fleetwith Pike.

Eagle Crag summit.

WOW, what a view, looking down to Borrowdale from the top of Eagle Crag. I sat down, made myself comfortable and was all set to start eating when the flying ants turned up. Ah well, they might be small but they had me beat. Reluctantly I packed everything up and made a hasty retreat and found an alternative spot.

Here's a view down into Langstrath taken from Eagle Crag.

It's a steep route down from Eagle Crag to Greenup Gill but thankfully there's little in the way of bracken to hinder progress or make you wish you'd taken an alternative route. Plus, there's always the option to zigzag your way down the fellside. Now I think I deserve a cool down in that water.

I'm back on the path now and heading down to valley level - Today it is hot, hot, hot and getting hotter.

Eagle Crag seen as I get to the bridge in Stonethwaite.

Well, as far as scorching hot days in the Lake District go this is about as hot as it gets. According to the news several people needed to be assisted because of heat exhaustion today. All of these were at or just above valley level because that's where it was hottest. What a pity this is only going to last for one day.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks