GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Langdale Pikes Circular Walk

4 miles (7 km)

This popular circular walk takes you to the top of the Langdale Pikes. One of the best known features of Great Langdale they include the Pike of Stickle, Loft Crag, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark. Alfred Wainright said of the Langdale Pikes: 'No mountain profile 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. Nor is the appeal visual only: that steep ladder to heaven stirs the imagination, and even the emotions, and this is especially so whenever the towering peaks come into view suddenly and unexpectedly..'
The walk starts from the New Dungeon Ghyll National Trust car park and follows the spectactular Dungeon Ghyll Force waterfall on a footpath largely consisting of a series of stone steps. Most of the path is quite easy although there are a couple of rockier sections which require a bit of scrambling.
When you reach the summit you are rewarded with magnificent views of the surrounding area, with Lake Windermere and Elterwater clearly visible. The walk then takes you around the peaceful Stickle Tarn before passing Pavey Ark and heading west to Harrision Stickle. You continue to Pike of Stickle before descending to Loft Crag and Mark Gate.
If you'd like to try another nearby fell you could head to the nearby Bowfell. The route for this starts from very near to the start point for this one.

Langdale Pikes OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Langdale Pikes Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Sticklebarn is a great place for refreshments after your walk. The pub has a great menu and a nice outdoor seating area with lovely views for finer days. There's a roaring fire in the cosy interior for the winter months.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For more walking ideas in the area see the Lake District Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


The Langdale Pikes - - 630557

The Langdale Pikes. A panoramic view of Mickleden and the three Pikes taken from the road leading up to Blea Tarn.

Pike o' Stickle - - 241375

Pike o' Stickle. From the slopes of Loft Crag. Mickleden in shot. From the summit Loft Crag and Gimmer Crag are viewed in the foreground whileBowfellimpresses across Langdale. A wide swathe of theSouthern Fellsis in view, whilst even distantSkiddawputs in an appearance

Pavey Ark - - 606317

Pavey Ark. Looking across to Pavey Ark from the direction of Harrison Stickle. Despite the lowering clouds there was no rain that day. Stickle Tarn is wholly within the territory of the Ark, acorrietarnwhich has been dammed to create additional capacity.

View from Harrison Stickle - - 631475

View from Harrison Stickle. Stickle Tarn and then the snow shows up the maze of routes through Belles Knott and Blea Rigg. Harrison Stickleis the high point of the Langdale Pikes. The south-western border of the pike is formed by the deep ravine of Dungeon Ghyll, which cuts through the parapet of the Langdale Pikes and into the lower hinterland of Harrison Combe. Across the Ghyll westwards are Thorn Crag, Loft Crag and finally Pike of Stickle. Below the steep eastern face of Harrison Stickle lie Stickle Tarn and its Ghyll, thus ensuring that all drainage from the fell is to Great Langdale.

From Pike o Stickle - - 241391

From Pike o Stickle. Looking towards Windermere over Loft Crag

Summit Cairn, Loft Crag - - 445589

Summit Cairn, Loft Crag. The crag is made ofRhyoliterock and was pioneered in the early 1880s by the father of British rock climbingWalter Parry Haskett Smith. It has an altitude of 2,238feet (682metres). It lies between Harrison Stickle and Pike o’ Stickle and is usually climbed in conjunction with these two peaks. The fell has a small sharp summit, below which rises Gimmer Crag, which is one of the toprock climbingvenues in the Lake District.

Stickle Tarn from Pavey Ark - - 866239

Stickle Tarn from Pavey Ark. The water from the tarn is used for public consumption in the hotels and homes below. The tarn has a depth of around 50ft.

Dungeon Ghyll - - 2517309

Dungeon Ghyll


GPS Files

GPX File

Langdale Pikes.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Langdale Pikes.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)