Thorn Crag

Height: 642 metres / 2106 feet Grid reference: NY 28012 07131

Pike o' Stickle, Loft Crag and Thorn Crag

Pike o’ Stickle, Loft Crag and Thorn Crag

Loft Crag and Pike o' Stickle from Thorn Crag

Loft Crag and Pike o’ Stickle from Thorn Crag

Harrison Stickle from Thorn Crag

Harrison Stickle from Thorn Crag

 

The Langdale Pikes

Start point: New Dungeon Ghyll Car Park (NY 295 064)

New Dungeon Ghyll – Stickle Tarn – Harrison Stickle Pavey Ark Thunacar Knott Pike O’Stickle Loft Crag Thorn Crag – Pike How – New Dungeon Ghyll

Distance: 5 miles     Total Ascent: 791 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 09:00

Weather: Lots of wintry showers. 5°C

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

Start point: New Dungeon Ghyll Car Park (NY 295 064)

New Dungeon Ghyll – Stickle Tarn – Pavey Ark – Thunacar Knott – Harrison Stickle – Pike O’Stickle – Loft Crag – Thorn Crag – New Dungeon Ghyll

Distance: 5 miles     Total Ascent: 770 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Cold out of the sun, clear. 3°C

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.

Langdale Pikes

Start point: Stickle Tarn Car Park (NY 295 064)

New Dungeon Ghyll – Loft Crag Thorn CragPike O’Stickle – Martcrag Moor – Stake Pass – Mickleden – New Dungeon Ghyll

Distance: 5.8 miles     Total Ascent: 677 metres    Time Taken: 3 hours

Weather: Cold and wet on the tops. 10°C.

I was up and about early this morning and initially it looked promising as though it might turn out beautiful and sunny as it has been over the last few days. In fact it turned out to be completely the opposite as I got a good soaking and so opted to complete only half of the intended route (fair weather walker!). Casper has had a makeover too…

 

The Langdale Pikes

Start point: New Dungeon Ghyll Car Park (NY 295 064)

New Dungeon Ghyll – Stickle Tarn Pavey Ark Sergeant Man High Raise Thunacar Knott Pike O’Stickle Loft Crag Thorn Crag – New Dungeon Ghyll

Distance: 7 miles     Total Ascent: 822 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours

Weather: Sunny and bright, lots of snow. 7ºC.

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

Start point: New Dungeon Ghyll Car Park (NY 295 064)

New Dungeon Ghyll – Stickle Tarn Pavey Ark Thunacar KnottHarrison Stickle Pike O’Stickle Loft Crag Thorn Crag – New Dungeon Ghyll

Distance: 5 miles     Total Ascent: 770 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours

Weather: Showers. 16oC.

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

Start point: New Dungeon Ghyll Car Park (NY 295 064)

New Dungeon Ghyll – Sergeant Man High Raise Thunacar Knott Pavey Ark Harrison SticklePike O’Stickle Loft Crag Thorn Crag – New Dungeon Ghyll

Distance: 8.1 miles    Total Ascent: 1047 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours

Weather: Overcast but clearing – warm and still. 23oC

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…

The Langdale Pikes

Start point: New Dungeon Ghyll Car Park (NY 295 064)

New Dungeon Ghyll – Thorn CragLoft CragPike O’StickleThunacar KnottHigh RaiseSergeant ManPavey ArkHarrison Stickle – New Dungeon Ghyll

Distance: 8.2 miles     Total Ascent: 1017 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 50 minutes

Weather: Warmer than of late with the tops in and out of mist all day.

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

Start point: New Dungeon Ghyll Car Park (NY 295 064)

New Dungeon Ghyll – Stickle Tarn – Jack’s Rake – Pavey Ark (28) – Thunacar Knott (29) – Harrison Stickle (30) – Thorn Crag (31) – Loft Crag (32) – Pike O’Stickle (33) – Martcrag Moor – Black Crag (Mickleden) (34) – Buck Pike (Mickleden) (35) – Rossett Pike (36) – Rossett Gill – Mickleden – New Dungeon Ghyll

Weather: Sunny, some cloudy spells.