Pavey Ark

Pavey Ark

Central Lake District

Route: Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 12th July 2014

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 4.9 miles

Weather: bright and warm

I parked in the car park opposite the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel and joined the path which leads up beside Stickle Ghyll, crossing it a couple of times before emerging at Stickle Tarn

The imposing crags of Pavey Ark loom over the tarn – a very impressive spectacle. I walked round the tarn and the foot of the cliff face to join North Rake, which rises steeply through a breach in the crags. Despite the steepness, the gully provides a straightforward way to the top of Pavey Ark. For adventurous souls who have a head for heights, an alternative route to the top is via Jack’s Rake, which is a scramble rather than a walk 

I then went on to Harrison Stickle, an easy climb from the path leading away from Pavey Ark. The views were wonderful even though the sky was pallid

The route back to the valley from Harrison Stickle via Pike How was an exciting way to descend, as the narrow path contoured round the side of the crags giving dramatic drops down to Dungeon Ghyll below and over of Great Langdale ahead

It had been a really enjoyable morning well spent in the midst of dramatic mountain scenery

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