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Langdale valley and fells

Given a choice for just one day in the Lakes, most fell walkers would end up here. The valley is one of the longest without a lake and all still farmed, a glorious Lilliputian sight to look down on.

Wanting a better way up to Jack's rake and staying near Chapel Stile, we discovered a delightful route up from Pye How onto the ridge including Great Castle How and Blea Crag (known as a geriatric route from Grasmere to Stickle Tarn and return via Easdale Tarn, but little used either way.) This leads naturally to the bottom of Jack's rake on Pavey Ark, from which Harrison Stickle and rest of Langdale group are easily added before descent via east side of Dungeon Ghyll.

I have now added some shots from 2007 to show some variations and alternatives
Harrison's Stickle and Stickle Tarn; Crinkle Crags disappearing into cloud at the left
Harrison's Stickle and Stickle Tarn; Crinkle Crags disappearing into cloud at the left
Langdale pikes from Elterwater
Langdale pikes from Elterwater
conditions precedent to rainbow pic
conditions precedent to rainbow pic
getting closer
getting closer
..and Bow fell in background left
..and Bow fell in background left
Grasmere from the ridge
Grasmere from the ridge
Easdale Tarn foreground with Helvellyn to Fairfield horizon right; like the mix of dappling and ridges
Easdale Tarn foreground with Helvellyn to Fairfield horizon right; like the mix of dappling and ridges
light, sky and rock
light, sky and rock
Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark with Jack's rake visible above Stickle Tarn
Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark with Jack's rake visible above Stickle Tarn
a busy day on Jack's Rake (2007)
a busy day on Jack's Rake (2007)
rest half way up and next pair visble, though a bit small centre right; don't think they came up
rest half way up and next pair visble, though a bit small centre right; don't think they came up
a bit of stretching out
a bit of stretching out
sheep wondering what all the fuss is about (NB beware rapidly descending sheep!)
sheep wondering what all the fuss is about (NB beware rapidly descending sheep!)
Stickle Tarn foreground from top of Pavey Ark with Windermere top left and Blea Tarn followed by Little Langdale valley right
Stickle Tarn foreground from top of Pavey Ark with Windermere top left and Blea Tarn followed by Little Langdale valley right
goodbye Langdale
goodbye Langdale
back down Langdale valley from the Band
back down Langdale valley from the Band
thundery showers
thundery showers
Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel and its carpark - the usual starting point
Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel and its carpark - the usual starting point
the bridge near Old Dungeon Ghyll
the bridge near Old Dungeon Ghyll
Pike o stickle from the band ascent
Pike o stickle from the band ascent
Pike of Stickle and Langdale Pikes (from Pike of Blisco ascent route)
Pike of Stickle and Langdale Pikes (from Pike of Blisco ascent route)
Pike o Stickle (the staircase doesn't bother one for long)
Pike o Stickle (the staircase doesn't bother one for long)
looking back down that scree next to it
looking back down that scree next to it
Langdales from Crinkle Crags with Helvellyn group horizon left
Langdales from Crinkle Crags with Helvellyn group horizon left
Langdale valley evening
Langdale valley evening
Langdale Pikes left, harrison Stickle centre and Pavey Ark right with Old Dungeon Ghyll routes
Langdale Pikes left, harrison Stickle centre and Pavey Ark right with Old Dungeon Ghyll routes
the Mark gate route, much better than Stickle Ghyll 'highway'
the Mark gate route, much better than Stickle Ghyll 'highway'
Mark Gate approach to Langdales - highly recommended
Mark Gate approach to Langdales - highly recommended
main descent route from Stickle tarn & OK for quick departure
main descent route from Stickle tarn & OK for quick departure
northwards from High Raise - a sample of dozens of views of the northern fells
northwards from High Raise - a sample of dozens of views of the northern fells
...and from High Raise, view to Derwentwater, Keswick and Skiddaw
...and from High Raise, view to Derwentwater, Keswick and Skiddaw
Sargeant Man (with man on top)
Sargeant Man (with man on top)
Easedale tarn and Grasmere from Sargeant Man
Easedale tarn and Grasmere from Sargeant Man