Saturday 1 October 2016

Guided Fell Walking Days in The Lake District. September 23rd 2016. The Langdale Pikes.

Just over a week ago, Iain spent a day in the mountains with Gemma Gowers who was staying in Grasmere for a long weekend. Gemma had never been walking in the high mountains of The Lake District before and had booked a Guided Fell Walking Day through Hayley Webb Mountain Adventures who passed the work on to us. Thanks Hayley.

Iain decided to take Gemma away from Grasmere since parking there is very limited parking there - unless you want to pay a fortune. So instead, we went to Langdale and The Langdale Pikes. Photo one sees a very pleased Gemma on her first summit of the day - Pike O' Stickle.

The weather was good today - a bit of a strong southerly breeze, but as the day wore on, the cloud lifted and we could see for miles around as this group of fells are pretty central to The Lake District.

We had started our day by heading up the side of Dungeon Gill, on over loft Crag to Pike O' Stickle and then up on to Harrison Stickle - the main summit of The Langdale Pikes.

From here, we turned north and walked, via Thunacar Knott to High Raise (photo two) - the highest mountain on this central Lake District Ridge at the very centre of The Lake District. Iain had last been on this summit only a little over a week earlier!

From High Raise, we then headed south east only a fairly short distance to Sergeant Man which is a pretty little summit barely standing proud of the High Raise plateau. Seen from near to Stickle Tarn Sergeant Man's summit buttress looks imposing and inviting. This was our fourth Lake District Summit of the day and the aim was to get to the outflow of Stickle Tarn (in the background in photo three) for no later than 3 pm.

We headed down the shoulder between Sergeant Man & Blea Rigg for a way so that Gemma could get a view of the hidden Codale Tarn that she had been unable to see when she had walked up to Easedale Tarn the previous day and then turned right to reach Stickle Tarn.

Our final photo from this post about a Guided Walk around The Langdale Pikes sees Gemma with the valley of Langdale beyond as we descended from Stickle Tarn towards the car park at the Sticklebarn Tavern.

Today had been quite a challenging day for Gemma who had been a little nervous about being on exposed ground. She had done brilliantly though and had thoroughly enjoyed her walk amongst some of The Lake Districts best known mountains.

In total, we covered almost six miles on our Lake District Fell Walk taking in five Wainwright Summits, the total ascent made during the day 813 m (2667 feet) and our descent was 788 m or 2585 feet.

Kendal Mountaineering Services provide Guided Fell Walking in The Lake District, Wales and Scotland in both Summer & Winter Conditions. To find out more visit the website here. To make a booking - contact us here, we look forward to working with you!

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