2013 - June - 07
|Our Walk Stickle Ghyll Pavey Ark Mickleden Beck Data : This Walk Flash Back Data : All Walks Read Me|
This walk took in the rocky ascent of Stickle Ghyll, the tranquil beauty of Stickle Tarn, and the majestic view points of Pavey Ark, Harrison Stickle and the Landgale Pikes themselves. Descent was via the Stake Pass leading on to the wide Mickleden Valley, itself a landcape changing, almost at a moment's notice, in tune with the ever changing pattern of sunshine and clouds.
It's a pleasant bus ride from Ambleside to the furthest point west that a bus dare go hereabouts. Once "debussed", we forge forward on the level before tackling Stickle Ghyll - rocks, water, gradients and all. Views to the south unfold as we make our steady ascent. Memories of CLOG visits past accompany some of us as we rise to the challenge.
Ahead the scenery has the appearance of gentle rocky undulations. However, to the right we shall shortly be embarking on a steep, but doable, ascent. In reasonably quick succession the Langdale peaks and pikes unfold their secrets - the breathtaking views that reward those that are physically able and are prepared to invest the necessary footwork.
Now I am back on familiar territory, territory I experienced on Easter Sunday, 2009. Tempus irreparabile fugit. As we descend into the Mickleden Beck Valley, the valley gradually widens out, exhibiting its many lighting effects - lighting effects that change with the sun and the clouds. Old Dungeon Ghyll awaits - and that means a nice long cool drink, and an icecream or so, before we board the bus for our journey back to Ambleside.
Some of this walk was already in the realm of the familiar, but this did not detract from the pleasure of the walk itself. On April 10 (Good Friday), 2009, Gavin led a CLOG walk from the newly renovated Butharlyp Howe YHA in Grasmere, via Grasmere Common and the Stickle Ghyll to the New Dungeon Ghyll and back to Grasmere. On Easter Sunday (April 12) 2009, John B. led a walk from Rosthwaite, along Borrowdale, over the Stake Pass, down Mickleden Beck and on to Grasmere.
After a level walk to New Dungeon Ghyll, we scaled the rocky gradient of the roaring Stickle Ghyll and, as a contrast, were then able to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere exuded by the Stickle Tarn. A steep climb brought us to the top of Pavey Ark from where we had good views south towards Lingwood Fell. After more good views courtesy of the Harrison Stickle and the Langdale Pikes, it was back to familiar territory - that part of the Cumbria Way which joins Stake Pass to Old Dungeon Ghyll, via the broad valley of the Mickleden Beck. Here you will see the map and heights relating to this walk; for data on all our walks, please click here.