22nd April 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 39

Stickle Tarn and Great Stickle Tarn(s)


Walk Overview
Time 1 to 4:20pm
Duration 3 hr 20 min
Distance 6.1 mile
Ascent 1600 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Ulpha Church - Ulpha Bridge - Birks - Kiln Bank Cross - Stickle Tarn - Stickle Pike - Great Stickle - Grest Stickle Tarn(s) - Black Stones - Road back to Ulpha
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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


There's no offence intended here but I was wondering if this was a ghost. I seem to remember this 'easily recognisable' guy walking past on a previous occasion I'd parked here. Carrying his walking stick, almost marching along and both times gave me a friendly wave.
I'd like to think the backpack I paid 100 quid for would last as long as that one but I doubt it.

As we weren't setting off until dinner time we decided to have something to eat out side Ulpha church. This saved me having to carry everything to the top of somewhere, and even more to the point, it had been a long time since breakfast. After sitting in the sunshine for 15 minutes it seemed a shame to get up and go anywhere, , , but, , , we hadn't only come here to have a picnic so off we went for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon in this quiet corner of the Lake District.

The River Duddon.

Ulpha Bridge.

The Pike and Whitfell taken from the track leading up to Birks.

Here's a view looking through Duddon Valley.


Without a great deal of effort we arrive at the road running over Kiln Bank Cross.

Looking across to Caw from the path up to Stickle Tarn.

Stickle Tarn (not the Langdale one).

The top of Stickle Pike is soon reached and as nice as it was up here the midges persuaded us it was time to press on and make our way across to Great Stickle.

Stickle Tarn (still not the Langdale one) seen from the top of Stickel Pike.


Looking ahead to Great Stickle.


Ask an eight year old to draw a picture of a mountain and the chances are you'll get something like this.

And just after we'd both agreed it was disgusting that people would come up here to cause that sort of damage, , , , , the culprits arrived



A long distance view back to Stickle Pike.

Talk about good attention to detail and forward planning. Jennifer's top perfectly matched the colour of today's trig point.

The view from Great Stickle.

From the top of Great Stickle, we headed across to look around the tarns in the area.




On the route back down we stop off at 'Big Rock Viewpoint' to look at, , , , err, the view.

Time to head down to the road now. I remember on a previous occasion I walked down here on a stiflingly hot afternoon when he bracken was at full height and the insects were out in force. I don't mind admitting I was glad to get off the fell and onto the road that day.


As I looked back through the valley and was daft enough to ask "who's making tea tonight".
"seen as how you mentioned it, you can if you want"
Me and my big gob !!

David Hall -
Lake District Walks