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Harrop tarn to Langdale

7th & 8th April 2016

Route.  Thursday - Dobgill - Harrop Tarn - Blea Tarn - low Saddle - High Saddle- Ullscarf - Greenup Edge -High Raise - Sergeant Man

( about 6.5 miles 2500 ft ascent )

Route. Friday - Stickle Tarn - Stickle Ghyll - Tarn Crag - Stickle Tarn - Jack's Rake - Pavey Ark - Thunacar Knott - Harrison Stickle - Pike Of Stickle - Loft Crag - Mark Gate- Stickle Barn

( about 6 miles 2300 ft ascent )

A quick overnighter followed by a brilliant and exhilarating grade two scramble then up Jack's Rake and a visit to the Langdale Pikes.


The forecast was for sunshine and showers but Thursday especially was a lovely day with a lot more sunshine than showers. I took my first ride on the A591 shuttle bus and asked the driver to let me off at Dobgill car park. There was a sign saying the path was closed due to a windblown tree but as seems to be usual in these cases the notice is surely there to protect the land owner as all I had to do to pass the tree was bow my head slightly.


Harrop Tarn


Looking across to the Helvellyn fells from the bridge over the outflow.


And looking to the same fells on the climb away from the trees around the tarn. I was caught in a brief rain shower here but it only lasted a few minutes.


At the top of the hill now looking along to Standing Crag.



 Blea Tarn.


I walked around Blea Tarn to climb the full ridge of Coldbarrow Fell. This is looking up to Low Saddle.


Blea Tarn from above.


 Skiddaw and Blencathra flank High Seat.


Zooming in on Blencathra..

 This is the view I was hoping to get from the ridge. Watendlath, Derwentwater, Bass Lake and the Solway Firth all in a line.


  Sergeant's Crag then the Rossett Pike ridge then Bowfell.

Another look north from Low Saddle.

The cloud never quite cleared from the Scafell's but Great End with Central Gully prominent is well seen from High Saddle.

As are Honister with the High Stile fells behind. Red Pike and Dodd are peeping out at the back.

On Ullscarf now looking over to Grasmere, Loughrigg Fell and Windermere.

Wythburn with Dollywagon Pike beyond.

And looking in the other direction to the head of Langstrath

The Coniston fells on the horizon.

Raise Beck and St. Sunday get a little sun.

I pitched up a little way beyond Seargent Man over looking Stickle Tarn

Stickle Tarn later in the evening.

Quite a nice sunrise this morning

Mist over Windermere. Ingleborough in the far distance.

The sun broke through flooding the fells with a lovely golden light

Stickle Tarn in what I think proper photographers call the golden hour.

A slice of Easedale Tarn

A lovely view at breakfast time.

The "golden hour" only lasted about 20 minutes. I had arranged to meet Dave and a couple of chaps from the walking forum so I set of down past the tarn.

Looking across to Jack's Rake which was on the menu today.

Lingmoor Fell from Stickle Tarn outflow.

I met up with the chaps at the footbridge over the ghyll and immediately set of back up the path but heading for Tarn Crag seen here on the right.

Dave had done his homework and we had a look at a couple of routes but decided on the grade two ascent. I only took the one photo as my hands were busy most of the time. The ascent was a real adrenaline rush and my heart was going ten to the dozen on parts of the climb.  I was glad I had done the scramble but I'm not sure I'd like to try anything harder.

After getting our breath back and a quick lunch we set of for Jack's Rake. This is looking over the tarn from the bottom of the scree slope before the rake.

And the view from high on the rake.

Dave climbs round the exposed slabs

Looking down Great Langdale from Harrison Stickle.

The ax factory scree run just below Pike Of Stickle.

And the view from the path leading around the side.

Looking up the valley and down to the Old Dungeon Ghyll

Dungeon Ghyll falls.

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