Stickle Ghyll Snow and Stickle Barn Beer

March 26, 2008

Headed of to Great Langdale on Easter Monday with the intention of trekking up Stickle Ghyll to Stickle Tarn, then possibly onto Harrison Stickle. We noticed snow at the sides of the road on the journey, and snow on the fells as we entered the Langdale Valley, then it started snowing, We wondered if we might be restricted to a stroll along the valley floor, on the Cumbria Way pathway.

When we got to the national Trust car park, the situation looked more promising, and we set off up Stickle Ghyll. this is a popular walk, and even on a snowy easter Monday there were plenty of people getting some exercise.

Amongst spectacular scenery, we reached the stepping stones that cross the ghyll, then had to pull our hoods up as the weather changed to semi blizzard conditions.

We reached Stickle Tarn and took shelter behind a wall to eat our lunch, and throw snowballs. Pavey Ark was shrouded in mist, and the snow continued to fall heavily, so after a quick hike up Blea Rigg to take in the view to Windermere, we began to descend.  As we reached the stepping stones again, the weather changed once more, and we made our way down in bright sunshine.

Stopped at The Stickle Barn for a pint when we reached the bottom, and sat outside to cool down.