13th October 2012

Stickle Pike and Great Stickle from Ulpha Church


Walk Overview
Time 09.50 to 13 30
Duration 3 hr 40 min
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with Neil Haslewood
Ulpha Church - Ulpha Bridge - Birks - Kiln Bank Cross - Stickle Tarn - Stickle Pike - Great Stickle - tarns on Tarn Hill - Birks - Ulpha Bridge - Ulpha Church
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Ulpha church

I should imagine the only time you'd be unlikely to find a space here would be while a service was taking place in the church. If this was the case, simply carry on along the road, over the bridge and take advantage of the roadside parking spaces along the road.


Route Map

We headed to a lovely quiet area in the south of the Lake District today for a short walk on the fells alongside the Dudden Valley. This is an area where you find peace, quiet and more opportunities to wander at will than you can shake a stick at. We saw one or two people from a distance, passed a lady taking a photo next to the road at Kiln Bank Cross and that was it today.
This is Ulpha Bridge, found a short walk down the road from Ulpha Church.

After a short walk down the road we headed onto the open fellside above Birks.

On the route across to Kiln Bank Cross the view opens up to show the beautiful Duddon Valley. Some folk may prefer Dunnerdale as the name. Regardless of your personal preference this is long valley stretching from Duddon Bridge in the south to the Cockley Beck area in the north. What you see here is the middle section, seemingly blocked by Wallowbarrow Crag, found close to Seathwaite.

Even though you can't really see them, The Pike and Hesk Fell are both over there.


Stickle Tarn, , , obviously not the Langdale one.

At Stickle Pike summit and looking across to Caw, which you can just see in among the cloud. Beyond that and in the absence of all that cloud, you'd be able to see the Coniston fells.

Looking around the Whitfell fells are now vanishing under cloud as well. On the drive over there this morning there was hardly a cloud in the sky. What a difference an hour or so makes.

From a distance Stickle Pike has that proper conical mountain shape and you'd expect to get to the top and have no other option than to head back down. Once you're up here however, there are a couple of outcrops, all of which offer quite different views and all are worth the small amount off effort needed reach them.

Looking back across to Stickle Pike.

and again, this time from Red Moss.
I assume this is called Red Moss anyway. It does have a reddish colour about it and the beck flowing out of here is called Red Moss Beck.

Great Stickle summit.


Cloud of the walk.
This was quite unusual so next time you're around here keep an eye out for it.

Looking back towards Great Stickle.

This picture was taken from the highest point in the area around Tarn Hill.

I think this one should be called Tussocky Tarn.

See what I mean.

Sadly I have to say all that weather is heading right for us.

From this point the weather went downhill, the temperature went downhill and so did we !

Ulpha Church.

and inside the church.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks