Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-08-29

Three walkers turned out for the above programmed event, Rosie, Mike and the writer, who was standing in as walk leader for the day. Calling in at Elterwater to pick up any participants that may have been waiting there, we then drove to Stickle Ghyll car park and commenced our walk, heading up the ghyll before taking eleven's at Stickle Tarn. Rather than fording the ghyll a second time, we took a slightly longer clockwise route around the tarn to the bottom of our Grade 1 scramble- Jack's Rake. Despite the amount of water that we had seen torrenting down the ghyll, the route up the rake was relatively dry, and our party made good progress to the the top of Pavey Arc, only being overtaken at the very last by the leader of a slightly quicker group. Lunch was taken in the shelter of the summit rocks from a strong cold north wind, which had not been felt whilst climbing the rake, but caused us not to delay in setting out for Harrison Stickle and Pike of Stickle and on down across Martcrag Moor to Stake Pass. On our route back down the pass into Langdale, we were glad of the shelter of the pass from the wind, and on reaching the valley floor enjoyed a very pleasant walk back to base before taking refreshment at Stickle Barn and driving home.

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