The steep 'Jacks Rake' route scramble up the Langdale Pikes, via Stickle Tarn, Lake District Walks

A breathtaking walk & tricky scramble up to Pavey Ark via Jack's Rake, then onto Harrison Stickle & Pike of Stickle in Langdale, Lake District


Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
One of the best views from this Jacks Rake Walk. This picture is from the top of Pavey Ark, one of the Langdale Pikes. You can see Stickle Tarn to the centre quite well as it's the closest, Windermere Lake to the far left, Coniston Water centre in the far distance and the small Blea Tarn to the right.


Pavey Ark, Harrison Stickle & Pike of Stickle (3 of the Langdale Pikes) via Jacks Rake - Walking Route Map


Distance: 6.2 miles
Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Hard (Jacks Rake poses the greatest challenge. It's a grade 1 scramble, but for experienced walkers with a head for heights it is more than doable in good conditions)


The walking route map:

Map Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, HARRISON STICKLE, Pike of Stickle, Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Lake District Walks Best
(Walking Route Map - Click to Enlarge). We started this walk at the car park near the New Dungeon Ghyll hotel. We then walked up hill following the well marked path alongside Stickle Ghyll to Stickle Tarn. Then it was off the beaten track to scramble up Jacks Rake to the top of Pavey Ark. From there we headed to the summit of Harrison Stickle, then Pike of Stickle and then downhill back to the start via Loft Crag and Mark gate. It's a popular walk up to some iconic akeland fells and is a must for all keen walkers in the Lake District.



The photos from the Walk.


Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
The first section of the walk heads up alongside Stickle Ghyll to Stickle Tarn. It's all uphill from here.

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
Looking back down the Langdale Valley on one of the many stops to soak up the views (and take a breather :-)

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
Stickle Tarn is an ideal spot to take a rest, grab bite to eat and drink, decide if you really want to do Jacks Rake and figure out the path you will need to take to get to the start of Jacks Rake.


Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
Here I've highlighted the route of Jacks Rake. It's looks more difficult/dangerous from a distance trust me! Just take note of where it starts.


Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
Approaching the start of Jacks Rake. It's quite tricky walking up this scree.

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
When the weather is good Jacks Rake is a popular walk and it is on the day we are here, with a couple of groups just ahead of us. As you can see - it looks much more manageable from this angle and you can see the gulley that the first section of the rake.

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
When we get to the start of Jacks Rake the views of Stickle Tarn are already superb.

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
Scrambling up the first section of Jacks Rake, you feel quite safe tucked in the gulley. Physically I would say this first section up to the Rowan Tree is the most demanding, but you feel the least exposed.

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
We reach the Rowan Tree and the scramble is easier from here on, although you do start feeling a little more exposed. Nothing an experienced walker with a head for heights can't handle though.

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
Picture of me - with a bit of a sweat on - but happy to get this far and soak up the views. I felt completely safe up here and not in danger once - but it was sunny/dry and not windy at all. As long as you stay away from edge you'll be fine!

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
We are getting quite high above Stickle Tarn now - and you can see Windermere in the distance.

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
Making a final push to the summit of Pavey Ark

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
There are amazing views from every step up Jacks Rake!

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
Getting near the summit of Pavey Ark now!

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
We made it! This is one of the best views from this Jacks Rake walk. This picture is from the top of Pavey Ark, one of the Langdale Pikes. You can see Stickle Tarn to the centre quite well as it's the closest, Windermere Lake to the far left, Coniston Water centre in the far distance and the small Blea Tarn to the right.

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
Me and my mates - with the camera perched on a rock and timer put on- just about made it!

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
Coming down from Pavey Ark we head to Harrison Stickle for similar views and then onto Pike of Stickle

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
There were lots of groups of walkers coming down off Pike of Stickle when we got there.

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
It's all down hill now from Pike of Stickle to Loft Crag.

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
Looking back up to Harrison Stickle (right) and Loft crag (left)

Langdale Pikes, Jacks rake, Ambleside, Windermere, Pavey Ark, Lake District Walks Best
From here it's all the way back to the start and for a nice cold pint. This is a great walk and highly recommended, especially via Jacks Rake. 



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