Pike of Stickle, also
known as Pike O’ Stickle, is a fell in the English Lake District which
reaches a height of 709 metres (2,326 feet) and is situated in the
central part of the national park in the valley of Great Langdale.
The fell is one of three fells which make up the picturesque
Langdale Pikes (the others being Harrison Stickle and Loft Crag), one of
the best known areas in Lakeland. A "stickle" is a hill with a steep
prominent rocky top, while a "pike" is a hill with a peaked summit.
The Langdale Pikes form a raised rocky parapet around the southern
and eastern edges of a high tableland centred upon Thunacar Knott. Pike
Of Stickle stands at the western end of this system and its crags fall
south from the summit, presenting an arresting view from the valley
floor 2,000 ft below, or from further afield.
Loft Crag stands
next along the rampart, with Thorn Crag and Harrison Stickle further to
the east. 'Behind' Pike of Stickle to the north is the depression of
Harrison Combe, beyond which are the twin tops of Thunacar Knott.
Westward the height of the land gradually falls away to Martcrag
Moor, a wide plateau with a few small tarns near the summit (1,795 ft).
Martcrag Moor represents the end of the Central Fells as defined by
Alfred Wainwright, providing a high level connection to Rossett Pike in
the Southern Fells.
Despite the peaked profile the summit is wide
enough for a sizeable cairn surrounded by a small level area. Loft Crag
and Gimmer Crag steal the attention in the foreground while Bowfell
impresses across Langdale. A wide swathe of the Southern Fells is in
view, whilst even distant Skiddaw puts in an appearance.
Stickle rises steeply from Langdale, culminating in a narrow tapering
summit which gives excellent views of the head of the valley, the fells
of Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags showing well.
The fell is
invariably climbed from Great Langdale with either the New or Old
Dungeon Ghyll Hotels as the starting points. There are a number of
routes, the most common ascent being a path that slants across the
hillside from the New hotel passing between Thorn Crag and Gimmer Crag
and then turning left at the col.
A quieter route is by Troughton
Beck; the walker starts from the Old hotel and goes four kilometres
towards the head of the valley before bearing right and following a
zig-zag path at the side of Troughton Beck. This route gives the walker
an unusual view of the fell from this unfrequented side.
another route directly up the Stickle Stone Shoot. This route is steep
and has become severely eroded in recent years and is no longer
recommended as a means of ascent or descent.
The Langdale or
Borrowdale sides of Stake Pass can also be used, giving access onto
routes near Pike O'Stickle