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Langdale Pikes walk highlighted in e-magazine

Posted 11 December 2012
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Langdale Pikes walk highlighted in e-magazine
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If ever there was any doubt about the appeal of the Langdales, the Ramblers has issued a reminder of its rugged wonders in its latest e-newsletter.

Walk Magazine's latest routecards include a circular walk up from Dungeon Ghyll in Great Langdale to the famous Pikes, via the shore of Stickle Tarn.

This is a route for good walking boots and, if done in winter, thermal clothes, as it involves climbing to over 2,400 ft above sea level.

Describing the route, which climbs up via the tumbling falls of Stickle Ghyll, the organisation said: "This challenging circular walk around them has everything a hill walker could ask for: craggy summits, deep gullies, fast-flowing ghylls and fabulous views in clear weather."

It added: "Some of the sections are rocky and very steep, so this route is only suitable for fit, experienced and well-equipped walkers who are able to navigate in extreme conditions should the mist descend."

Walkers with plenty of miles on the clock and past experience of the route may know full well what this terrain is like and the challenges required in tackling it. As part of the Borrowdale Volcanics area in the heart of the Lake District, the land is steep, rocky and features numerous cliffs and scrambles. The steep cliffs of Pavey Ark rising out of Stickle Tarn are a notable target for scramblers heading up Jack's Rake.

For those who fancy exploring something at a lower level, the Langdales offer plenty of alternatives. Lingmoor Fell, which separates Great and Little Langdale, is one option with its own tarn and several small summits.

Another is Blea Tarn, the most famous body of water in the area due to being the subject of the Wordsworth Poem The Excursion. However, his description of the vicinity as a "quite treeless nook" no longer applies, with foliage including rhododendron bushes and even a monkey puzzle tree.

This tarn tends to freeze over in winter, although those stepping out on to the ice would be wise only to head out a few metres, to avoid the risk of falling through into deep water.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801504260-ADNFCR