The first walk of the year up to Stickle Pike…
Height: 375 metres / 1230 feet Grid reference: SD 21202 92796 Category: The Outlying Fells
I took the opportunity for a quick walk up to Stickle Pike this afternoon, the higher fells were covered in cloud and this particular fell seemed to stand out from the rest by being in sunshine. It’s a great walk here, there is always something different to explore and the dogs are glad of a place to swim.
The summer holidays are over and Casper and Dougal have been on their enforced hols too but now it will be back to business as usual for getting out on the fells a bit more regularly. The weather wasn’t the best today for our walk up to Stickle Pike but we were all glad to be up on the fells again and breath in the glorious fresh air.
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.
It looked decidedly wintry as we reached the foot of Stickle Pike today, the showers were of snow and hail and the clouds over the high fells looked to be snow too. Amazingly it started to brighten up almost as soon as we set off with the sunshine lighting up the fells by the time we got to the top. Always a favourite with Connie this one but it was very cold today.
It was Connie’s choice for a walk this morning and Stickle Pike was the chosen one. Eager Dougal was keen to get out again, he shows boundless energy but we have to keep it in check for now. We seemed to find the best of the weather too as it turned overcast not long afetr we left. As ever the views from this diminutive fell are simply stunning.
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.
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!
It was lovely and sunny this afternoon, a real tonic after the rain of this week. I had a quick jaunt up to perennial favourite Stickle Pike; it is always a joy to walk around here and the beauty of it is you can make the walk as long (or as short) as you like, so I usually end up just making it up as I go along.
It has put a lot of rain and hail down through the night and this morning, so today’s walk was a bit of a ‘smash and grab’ opportunity between heavy hail showers and strong winds, mainly to give Angus and Casper a bit of fresh air and exercise. We almost made it unscathed but got caught in a heavy hailstorm towards the end which left us sodden.
It is the school half-term this week so Connie and I took the dogs up to Stickle Pike, a walk we have often done of course, and one we decided to continue with despite the poor weather around here today. If you are unfamiliar with Stickle Pike, it is a great little fell with a wonderful view (on a clear day!) and a tarn nestling below the summit. Today, however, we could see nothing….
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!