18th June 2011

Pavey Ark to Loughrigg Fell - Richards first and last


Walk Overview
Time 08.00 to 16.45
Duration 8 hr 45 min
Distance 9.6 mile
Ascent 3300 ft
Walking with Richard Ratcliffe, John Paterson, Neil Haslewood, Dave Dimmock, Rod Hepplewhite, Bob Eaves, Ed Harrison, Peter Ratcliffe, Simon Baldwin. Simon Howard joined us on Loughrigg Fell.
New Dungeon Ghyll - Stickle Ghyll - Stickle Tarn - North Gully - Pavey Ark - top of Bright Beck - Blea Rigg - Lang How Tarn - Silver How - Dow Bank - Red Bank - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Loughrigg Tarn - Elterwater
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Stickle Barn, Great Langdale

A very busy place indeed, not only with those parking up to head onto the fells, but with people stopping off for something to eat or drink.

There are actually two car parks here, one next to Stickle Barn and the other buildings and the other found on the opposite side of the road.


Route Map

Today I joined a group of fell walkers for a walk which saw Richard Ratcliff completing his round of Wainwright fells on Loughrigg Fell. Rather than 'simply' walk up Loughrigg, Richard came up with the idea of including his first ever fell, Pavey Ark and his final one Loughrigg Fell on the same walk. I'll bet there aren't many people can say they've done the same thing.

The forecast was awful to be honest and we were all in the same mind that we were in for a right soaking. True to form however, the forecast wasn't exactly accurate and we enjoyed a day with no more than a few light showers.

On the opposite side of Great Langdale is Lingmoor Fell.


Wet, slippery rocks call for a bit of extra care.

Stickle Tarn.

Now it was time to discus the various routes we could take up to Pavey Ark.
One option was to go up Jack's Rake but that was soon abandoned because of the condition of the rocks. Two other suggestions were Easy Gully, (the broad gully running the right hand side) and North Gully, (out of sight around the right of the fell).
Four people chose Easy Gully, five chose North Gully and Dave Dimmock chose to give Pavey Ark a miss and head across to the Blea Crag ridge in search of wildlife.

Stickle Tarn in front of Harrison Stickle.

The two Mr Ratcliffe's start to cross Bright Beck. Easier said the done definitely applies here.

As a member of the North Gully team our route would cross the top of Easy Gully. John, in red and adding scale, headed down to the chock stones to see the progress of the other guys.

The next picture was taken from the top of the crag on the left.

Easy turned out to be a misleading name for this gully today. Loose rocks and scree at the bottom and wet slippery rocks at the top.

After spending some time trying to negotiate the rocks, the decision was made to turn back and find an alternative route onto Pavey Ark. John and I made our way back across to the North Gully team and we continued our walk up to Pavey Ark where we waited for the others to join us. Given that they had to get back down the gully and then start a different ascent from scratch, we spent almost an hour on Pavey Ark. Thankfully the forecast for heavy rain was wrong.

Harrison Stickle seen from Pavey Ark summit, , ,

, , , and Thunacar Knott, , ,

, , , and also Stickle Tarn, Great Langdale, Lingmoor Fell.
The lakes in the distance are Windermere and Esthwaite Water.

In an effort to minimise height loss, we skirted around the fellside above Bright Beck and under Sergeant Man. This would take us onto the main ridge path below Sergeant Man.

Two for the price of one - Codale Tarn and Easedale Tarn.

A view back along the ridge to the Langdales and Pavey Ark.


Poor Lang How Tarn, slowly but surely disapearing.

Careful where you put your feet.

Grasmere and Rydal Water, taken from Silver How.

Silver How summit, 20 seconds of sunshine and a view back to Pavery Ark.

Looking down to Chapel Stile.

Making our way across to Red Bank and Loughrigg Fell.

Loughrigg Terrace had about as many on it people today as I'd expect to see here in the middle of winter not the middle of summer.

Grasmere seen from the path up Loughrigg Fell.

Loughrigg Fell summit; the second of the two main fells visited on todays walk. The first, Pavey Ark can be seen in the far distance just to the right of the Langdale Pikes.

This marked Richard's completion of all the 214 fells as listed in Wainwright's Pictorial Guides. A few of them have been visited many times, many of them have been visited a few times and now all on them have been visited at least once.

Leaving Loughrigg Fell and heading down the Loughrigg Tarn route.

and again. We're heading down to Elterwater (the village, not the lake) where Simon had his car parked. He then took some of the original drivers through the Great Langdale to pick up our cars.

Loughrigg Tarn.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks