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Guided walk Langdale Pikes

By 31st August 2020March 27th, 2021Summer, Walking

Introduction

One of the best ways to appreciate the finest views in the Lake District is booking a guided walk in the Langdale Pikes. On a fine day the views are spectacular. But the weather can often be poor or change quickly from good to bad. When the visibility goes, in rain or low cloud, it can be a scary place with dangerous cliffs around. A guide who knows the route can help keep you safe as well as sharing a host of useful tips with you.

Booking and Prices

If you want to book a guided walk in the Langdale Pikes in the Lake District then see our main page for more details and prices; or have a look at the Calendar for forthcoming “Open” events. When you are ready, then get in touch to make an enquiry or a booking.

We also guide walks in other parts of the Lake District, such as Helvellyn, as well as in Snowdonia and the Scottish highlands.

The Langdale Pikes seen in the early morning sunlight during a guided mountain walk in the Lake District

The Langdale Pikes in the early morning sunlight

The Langdale Pikes

There are three peaks which make up the Langdale Pikes – Pavey Ark, Harrison Stickle and Pike of Stickle. As UK mountains go, these really aren’t at all high. The highest of them, Harrison Stickle, is only 736 metres high. But what they lack in height they more than make up for in character and drama. The Langdale Pikes lie at the heart of what was once an enormous area of volcanoes.  It is the remnants of, and debris from, these volcanoes that have created the Pikes. Without a doubt, the Langdale Pikes are one of the Lake District’s most iconic views. Our guided walks can take you through their jagged ridges and cliffs – or to the best viewpoints of them.

Dungeon Ghyll

A close up of the line of Dungeon Ghyll in the Langdale Pikes in the Lake District seen in the early morning sunlight

The deep cleft of Dungeon Ghyll in the Langdale Pikes

One of the striking features of the Langdale Pikes is Dungeon Ghyll. This deep gorge splits Harrison Stickle from Loft Crag and Pike of Stickle and tumbles straight down to the valley below.

There are numerous paths around the top edges of the gully, where you must take care to avoid a slip.

There are also several places where you can venture gently into parts of the gorge and see spectacular waterfalls.

Pavey Ark and Jack’s Rake

Stickle Tarn is a peaceful tarn that is nestled up in the Pikes. It’s often a popular spot with families for a picnic. Rearing up above the tarn is the great cliff of Pavey Ark, clearly visible from the road in the valley below. This cliff is home to the famous scramble Jack’s Rake, a Grade 1 scramble on every scrambler’s ‘to do’ list.

The Langdale Axe Heads

High up on the top of the Langdale Pikes, are areas which were once used of the production of axe heads in Neolithic times. The hard volcanic rock made the ideal material since it had been cut shaped and polished. A significant industry grew up in the area, with evidence of a trading network in which the axe heads were produced and traded in exchange for other items from elsewhere.