Langdale Pikes from Grasmere

Long trek through Easedale to visit the Langdale Pikes.

Sunday, 9 April 2017
12.55 miles/20.2 km
2,867 ft/874 m ascent
6 hours 32 minutes

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Early morning start from Grasmere. Accompanied by a trio from the Isle of Man who were looking for the route to Stonethwaite – we took them as far as the bridge over Far Easedale Gill. Having set them on the right path we started our ascent of Tarn Crag (1,801ft/549m).

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From Tarn Crag we climbed towards Codale Head where the Langdale Pikes became visible. First stop Sergeant Man (2,415ft/736m) and from there across to the lunar landscape of Thunacar Knott (2,372ft/723m). And then crossing Harrison Combe towards the distinctive rocky summit of Pike of Stickle (one of our favourite scrambles). Fabulous views from the top including a rock window framing Bowfell.

Heading towards Loft Crag (2,231ft/680m) with the dramatic cliff of Gimmer Crag falling away. Partly retracing our steps to climb Harrison Stickle (2,415ft/736m) and following the confusing tracks leading to Pavey Ark (2,297ft/700m) and sheltering behind a rock for lunch.

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Followed tracks and sheep trails around the fell, passing below Sergeant Man and crossing the col dropping down to Easedale Tarn. Ran (nearly ran) back down to the start and a great ice cream in the sunshine.