Stickle Pike sunset

It was a fantastically clear day in the Lake District today and the evening was looking as though there would be a great sunset. Come on Dougal & Fletcher, let’s get up to Stickle Pike to witness it!

Dunnerdale Fells

Start Point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Great Stickle (OF) – Tarn Hill (OF) – Stickle Pike (OF) – Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 2.5 miles     Total Ascent: 235 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 30 minutes     Start Time: 09:00

Weather: Mild but very windy, 8°C

There isn’t much real winter weather around but I suppose that does have its own merits. Today was relatively mild but the wind was surprisingly strong once above valley level.

Stickle Pike

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 miles     Total Ascent: 105 metres     Time Taken: 25 minutes     Start Time: 12:20

Weather: Grey with a strong wind and showers. 12C

The weather this morning was less than fabulous with strong winds and showers. Even at lunchtime when I went for a walk up to Stickle Pike it was almost dark and the wind up on the top was pretty strong as expected and the rain came down in a big way just as I made it back down to the car.

Stickle Pike

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 miles     Total Ascent: 105 metres     Time Taken: 45 minutes     Start Time: 13:35

Weather: Cool and clear. 1°C

It was another beautiful day today and there was time for a short walk up to old favourite Stickle Pike. The views were once again glorious from up there with a haze layer lying over the Duddon Estuary to the south. Although the temperature was low it was really quite warm in the sunshine, especially when climbing the steep south face of the fell.

Stickle Pike

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 mile     Total Ascent: 105 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour

Weather: Cold and clear. 2°C

We had a short walk today up to Stickle Pike to help blow away some of the Christmas cobwebs. It was a lovely morning, very still with no one around and we had great fun walking in the crisp snow and ‘daring’ to walk across the frozen Stickle Tarn.

Stickle Pike

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 mile     Total Ascent: 105 metres     Time Taken: 40 minutes

Weather: Sunny spell, breezy on top. 20C.

The schools have now finished and Connie only has eight weeks left to occupy herself! We decided to walk up Stickle Pike on this first day of the holidays and it was really sunny and warm when we set off in the car. All that had changed though by the time we made it to Kiln Bank Cross and all thoughts of a swim or a paddle went out of the window with the strong breeze that was blowing across the fells. It’s always a good one, though, is Stickle Pike with fab views all around.

Stickle Pike

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 mile     Total Ascent: 105 metres     Time Taken: 30 minutes

Weather: Cold wind, snow. 4°C

The rain was heavy throughout last night which of course fell as snow above 300m. I walked Stickle Pike but the view to the high fells was mostly obliterated by the angry looking snow clouds today. Just because Stickle Pike is small in stature, it doesn’t make the climb or descent any easier when there is wet, slippery snow around – as I found out to my cost!

Winter Walk

Red Tarn from Three Shire Stone then Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Kiln Bank Cross

Weather: Sunny above the cloud, cold with snow. 0C.

We were under cloud at home this morning but I knew those conditions were likely to lead to clear skies once above it and we had some great views today with blue skies and snow and a big temperature inversion over the South Lakes.

Caw

Start point: Seathwaite, Dunnerdale (SD 228 960)

Seathwaite – Park Head Road – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Caw (OF) Pikes (OF) Green Pikes (OF) –  Seathwaite

Distance: 7 miles     Total Ascent: 700 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours

Weather: Cool and clear. 4°C

Today I met up with Roger and Ann Hiley and their two dogs for a walk to Stickle Pike and Caw from Seathwaite in the Duddon Valley. The weather was almost unbelievably different to the wet and windy weather we have experienced over the last week or so as it was cool and clear. The views were superb from everywhere today; if only it would stay like this for a while!

Stickle Pike

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 mile     Total Ascent: 153 metres     Time Taken: 30 minutes

Weather: A drizzly, grey morning. 16°C.

It was grey with drizzle this morning – there wouldn’t be any views, anywhere – so we went for a short walk up to our often visited favourite, Stickle Pike above Broughton Mills and the Duddon Valley. There was no company this morning either as the children are back at school, so it was back to the old team once again!

Stickle Pike

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 mile     Total Ascent: 153 metres     Time Taken: 50 minutes

Weather: Brighter than this morning, 14oC.

As it was a bit brighter this afternoon, we had another short walk up to Stickle Pike above Broughton Mills. We were joined by Connie after she was sprung from school for Easter at lunchtime – much better than sitting in a classroom I think!

Stickle Pike is described in Wainwright’s Stickle Pike chapter in his book ‘The Outlying Fells of Lakeland’, page 126.