Pavey Ark

Height: 700 metres / 2297 feet Grid reference: NY 28457 07903 Category: The Central Fells

Pavey Ark, one of the Langdale Pikes, overlooks Stickle Tarn and has the famous route of ascent, Jack’s Rake, on its south eastern face.

The Langdale Pikes

The weather took a turn for the worse as I climbed alongside Stickle Ghyll this morning and became really wintry on the climb to Harrison Stickle. Backed by a strong wind is was a proper winter’s day with the weather changing minute by minute. There were fleeting clear spells which were magical, but I really enjoyed every step of today’s walk – weather and all.

The Langdale Pikes

What a day after the heavy snow in the south Lakes yesterday, the sun was shining for most of the time and the snow was powder perfect. I had a walk with StridingEdge stalwart Andy Lang around the Langdale Pikes and it was quiet up there – we only saw a few fellow walkers from afar today. Over on St Sunday, the big news is that there was an avalanche at the top of Pinnacle Ridge which required a rescue.

Jack’s Rake

The schools are back…and so am I! It was a great feeling to be back out on the high fells again after a busy summer and what has felt like an age. The weather turned up trumps too with almost perfect conditions at the start of the walk and Stickle Tarn was at its best being mirror finished.

Note: This walk involves the awkward (for walkers) Jack’s Rake. Today I took Casper up there with me because I knew he could manage it okay; he is a Bearded Collie and they are bred to be on this type of terrain and he took it all in his stride.
Just because I went up there with my dog, it does not mean that any dog (or human for that matter) will be able to manage it – you have been warned!

The Langdale Pikes

What a fantastic day today, the best of the winter by far I think. I knew it was going to be good when I went through Coniston and the snow was down to a low level and the sky was clear. We were nice and early, climbing alongside Stickle Ghyll to meet the sunrise half way up which gave a lovely red hue on the snow. When I reached the dam on Stickle Tarn, I thought I must have died and gone to heaven – this is how winters should be!

The Langdale Pikes

The early bird caught the worm this morning! We were up at the crack of dawn today for a circuit of The Langdale Pikes. Setting off in the rain, I didn’t hold out much hope for any dry weather but fortunately it wasn’t too long before the skies cleared somewhat, although elsewhere – notably over to Bow Fell and the Coniston fells – the clouds remained down for most of the time during the morning.

The Langdale Pikes

When Angus (the ‘lost boy’ – kept a close eye on him today!), Casper and I set off from the New Dungeon Ghyll, it was quite murky but surprisingly warm. The sun threatened to break through the clouds all morning and eventually did for spells. Casper was recognised (from 1000 yards I think!) on Loft Crag by Chris and Lin, up in the area for a weeks holiday and it was nice to bump into someone who visits this website. Previously I have said I wouldn’t take Angus up on the high fells again, but how could I resist? He loves it up there…

Jack’s Rake

Today was a choice of walk for 14 year old James; as he’s wanted to climb Jack’s Rake (sorry Angus, not a walk for dogs!) and Helm Crag (commonly known as ‘The Lion and the Lamb’) for a while, we killed two birds with one stone today and did a long round from Grasmere. The weather started somewhat dull but by the time we reached Easedale Tarn, the sun shone and it turned into a glorious day with memorable, superb views from our lunch stop on High Raise.

The Langdale Pikes

A return visit to old favourites The Langdale Pikes today – it’s a little while since I’ve done them so this round made a nice change today. With it being Easter soon, this area becomes very busy so I thought I’d better get out while the place was virtually deserted…

The Langdale Pikes

This is it – the first walk posted on StridingEdge.net (actual posting date was 31st January 2004 when the idea was made into reality!)