|Route from the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel National Trust Car Park|
|Storm coming in - early morning on 9th July 2010 whilst climbing up to Loft Crag LDW-097|
|Rossett Gill across the valley from Pike o'Stickle|
You certainly get your moneys worth in Wainwrights once you reach the circle of fells which make up the top of the Langdale Pikes. For good measure I added a SOTA summit as well to my tour. This was High Raise LD-019 (LDW-056) where I had a 30 minute stay in the shelter which kept the wind and rain off me whilst I had some food and drink The walk turned into an uneventful one which was covered as quickly as possible in the rain and mist. with my pre-programmed GPS proving invaluable. I had every fell top to myself, not surprising in those conditions and at that time of day. I left Loft Crag at 0740am and covered Pike o'Stickle, Thunacar Knott, High Raise, Sergeant Man, Pavey Ark arriving at the final summit - Harrison Stickle LDW-068 at 1103am. Oh yes, in the Langdale Pikes you get bang for your buck with seven Wainwright summits activated in 220 minutes and 45 contacts in the log! Enthusiastic Chaser G1OHH in Lancaster, was with me on every one. as was G4BLH in Nelson. Thank's Sue and Mike!
Now it was just a matter of getting safely back down to the New Dungeon Ghyll on the slippy stepped path below the crags of Pike Howe. The path was treacherous and I did slip twice,on the steps which Fix The Fells had carved into the natural rock - thankfully without any damage being done to me. Dungeon Ghyll Force was in full flow - a sight for sore eyes indeed, and the rain continued for most of the rest of the day. I reached the car park at 12.10pm with the descent from Harrison Stickle LDW-068 having taken me 67 minutes.
|Profile of walk across the Langdale Pikes from New Dungeon Ghyll|