Stickle Pike, from below

Stickle Pike, seen from below. A bristly little peak.

Summits: There are five in the chapter: Great Stickle (1001’), Tarn Hill (cited here as 1020’, but see the next paragraph), Stickle Pike (1231’), a nameless summit (1183’) and The Knott (925’).

Tarn Hill, as far as I can tell, seems to be shared with the chapter entitled ‘Dunnerdale Fells’, although in that chapter it has a height of 920’. In that no cairn is shown on Tarn Hill on the map of the Stickle Fell chapter, but it is in the Dunnerdale Fells chapter, my deduction is that in this chapter, the route passes over the shoulder of land to the east of the cairn (the right, as it is approached from Great Stickle). As I did follow this route but also detoured to reach the cairn, I consider it right to say that both ‘versions’ of this fell were bagged on the same walk.

Great Stickle and Stickle Pike

Great Stickle (left) and Stickle Pike

Date bagged: 6th May 2014, on walk 82.

Bagged as number:  Bearing in mind all said above, the summits in this chapter were bagged as numbers 251, 252 and 254-6 of the 330 Wainwrights. But with this ‘menu’ it’s easier to mess with the numbering a bit, thus. [ << Wet Sleddale Horseshoe (248-250)  (256) Dunnerdale Fells >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: Came in from Foxfield station and joined Wainwright’s route about a mile in, at Hovel Knott. Descended to Broughton Mills, then had to return to Foxfield.

What Mr Wainwright says (on page 127 of volume 8): “The Dunnerdale Fells are low in stature, small in extent and insignificant on the map, yet they assert themselves in the local landscape in a bristly defiance of accepted mountain standards… an upland tormented by a confusion of crags and peaked outcrops: all in miniature, amounting to nothing, really, in the general lie of the land, but with a magnetism that compels the eye and challenges the feet.”

Great Stickle summit

The summit of Great Stickle, with the Duddon estuary in the background.

What I say: Some of these Outlying Fells, particularly those over in the far east, will never stand comparison with the craggier and more scenic peaks of the main Lake District.  But Stickle Pike and its companions, despite their low altitude, definitely could do so. I really enjoyed this walk, despite having to hike in from Foxfield station and back; there was plenty of variety, the climbs were steep but short, and the views excellent. Chris Jesty particularly recommends this walk in the introduction to his revised edition of volume 8 and I definitely agree with him.

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2 Responses to “Stickle Pike”

  1. […] line) and inland a few miles to then bag six Outyling Fells in a few miles — the five in the Stickle Pike chapter of Wainwright’s volume 8, and then another from the Dunnerdale Fells […]

  2. […] the District is generally nowhere near as dramatic as in the centre, but the Dunnerdale Fells and Stickle Pike are a definite exception, being as rugged as you like, with excellent views as well. A good day […]

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