Harrison Stickle viewed from Thunacar Knott

Harrison Stickle viewed from Thunacar Knott

Height: 2403 feet above sea level was the height given in the first edition. The second edition revised this upwards to 2415′.

Volume: Book 3 (The Central Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 13th February 2010 (walk 10). Second visit: 21st June 2016 (walk 112).

The summit of Harrison Stickle

The summit of Harrison Stickle; the northern Coniston fells are in the background

Bagged as number: First round: 31 out of 330. [ << Loft Crag (30)  (32) Thunacar Knott >> ]

Second round: 47 out of 330. [ << Thunacar Knott (46)  (48) Pike o’Stickle >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Reached across Harrison Combe from Loft Crag (not exactly a ridge). Left on the ridge to Thunacar Knott.

Second visit: Came in from Thunacar Knott , then went on across the Combe to Pike o’Stickle.

What Mr Wainwright says (from pp. 2-3 of his chapter): “No mountain profile in Lakeland arrests and excites the attention more than that of the Langdale Pikes and no mountain group better illustrates the dramatic appeal of a sudden rising of the vertical from the horizontal; the full height from valley to summit is revealed at a glance in one simple abrupt upsurge to all travellers on the distant shore of Windermere and, more intimately, on the beautiful approach along Great Langdale….

Harrison Stickle from Langdale

View from Langdale up to Harrison Stickle (on the right)

“Of the group of peaks known collectively as Langdale Pikes, the highest is Harrison Stickle, and this is the fell that presents such a bold front to, and dominates, the middle curve of the valley…. The majesty and strength of the Langdale front is quite enough to establish the fell as a firm favourite with all, even with those admirers who are content to stand on the road below and gaze upwards, while for those who set forth to conquer, it provides a very worthy climb indeed.”

What I say: Even to those who do not know its real name this is certainly one of the most recognisable fells in Lakeland, being clearly in view throughout the south-eastern quadrant of the district and the approaches thereto.

Harrison Stickle summit

Harrison Stickle summit cairn, with Windermere behind

It is also, by now, I think, the Wainwright I have climbed the most times: a total of four by now (two for this project and two before I started). Each time it has been a thoroughly worthwhile experience: hard work, but worth it.

I can add little to Wainwright’s words in this case. Even if it stood alone it would be worth a visit but surrounded by impressive satellite fells it makes for an excellent expedition. Go!

Langdale Pikes

Langdale Pikes, from Gummer’s How. Picture taken on walk 86. Left to right: Pike O’Stickle, Loft Crag, Thorn Crag (the baby), Harrison Stickle (dead centre), Pavey Ark.

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One Response to “Harrison Stickle”

  1. […] District. Five fells can be bagged in quick succession, only just over a mile per fell, including Harrison Stickle (pictured) and Pavey Ark, ‘Langdale’s biggest cliff’, which I scrambled and […]

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