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Langdale trip report

  posted by Sam Harrison on 2011-10-20

Trip report from the Langdale Trip on Sunday 16th October. Report and photos by Sam Harrison.

Just like last year, the good weather came a day too early for our annual week 1 term 1 trip to Langdale in the Lake District. The Saturday saw glorious sunshine and a surprisingly warm break for the time of your, however by the Sunday the clouds had set in and the rain was threatening. The 70-seater coach left campus nearly on time and got to the Stickle Barn car park for just before 11am. Soon after the walks were announced, as always, on the big rock in the car park. Four different walks were on offer: A simple bimble up Side Pike and Loughrigg Fell; Crinkle Crags via Cold Pike; the Langdale Pikes via Stickle Tarn and; Jack's Rake onto Pavey Ark. Myself, Lorna and Richard led the Jack's Rake walk and we set off from the car park first, just as it started to drizzle. The drizzle soon turned to rain which came and went all the way to the base of the scramble. Fortunately it then stopped but the rock was still wet and slippery so care was needed on the way up. Jack's Rake is one of my favourite scrambles, as it offers superb views out over Stickle Tarn and down into Langdale. The clouds held off and despite the weather we got the most of those views. We stopped near the summit of Pavey Ark for a spot of lunch, where we bumped into those just doing the Langdale Pikes. As we had plenty of time left before the coach back, we decided to tag along with the other group and bagged the summit of Harrison Stickle and Pike o' Stickle as well. It was rather windy and quite chilly in the wind but again the clouds held off and we got some great views. The descent was to the left of Dungeon Ghyll - a lovely little path that wound its way down the ghyll and really showed off its size and depth. This brought us out at the Stickle Barn pub were well-deserved beers, coffees and teas were bought whilst we reminisced about the day. The other groups all got down safely and by all accounts had an equally as good of a day, despite the weather!

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