Langdale Pikes Circular Route

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Langdale Pikes Circular Route is a 11.4 kilometer loop trail located near Ambleside, Cumbria, England that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Distance: 11.4 km Elevation Gain: 780 m Route Type: Loop






Any route around the Langdale Pikes is of moderate distance, this one being 7 miles or so, and takes in Blea Rigg, Sergeant Man, Thunacar Knott, Pavy Ark, Harrison Stickle, Pike O' Stickle, Loft Crag and Thorn Crag, the highest being Harrison Stickle 2,403ft. The start of the route is a little unconventional following the gill at the side of Whitegill Crag to reach the plateau. This approach is more adventurous than following the pitched path via Stickle Gill. Whitegill Crag towers above the bed of the gill, which is lost beneath a tangle of rocks in its middle section. Don't be put off by its appearance on first sight as an ingenious rock climbers route winds its way around any obstacles. Take your time and enjoy the experience of this private place. At the top it splits - take the right hand route up the scree slope leaving the gill behind. Be sure to visit the cairn at the top of Whitegill Crag for an uninterrupted view of Great Langdale. The route to Blea Rigg is mainly trackless and less exciting. From Blea Rigg to Sergeant Man is 1.5 miles and 700ft of ascent. From here to Thunacar Knott is easy as it loops around the head of Bright Beck. The best views are from all of the summits that follow which are justifiably popular and linked together on well worn paths. The return is from Loft Crag was via Thorn Crag and the 'Mark Gate' route.

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