Stickle Tarn, Langdale

Today’s walk to Stickle Tarn in Langdale was amazingly beautiful.  It was also a hard slog up!  Don’t be fooled in thinking this short (2 mile) walk is easy.  You climb approximately 400 metres in altitude.

Starting at the National Trust Stickle car park (GR 295064 on OS map OL6), follow Stickle Ghyll all the way up to the tarn.  We detoured slightly at the beginning to catch sight of Dungeon Ghyll force, but otherwise it’s pretty easy navigation to follow the river and pretty waterfalls up up and more up!

There are a couple of stepping stones to cross the river.  Be wary of these if the weather is poor, and please always take a map and appropriate equipment with you.

Towards the top the terrain became more challenging, although our kids loved all the rocks and climbs.  After what felt like a long time (going at 5 and 3 year old pace!), we finally emerged from the hill to the shores of the tarn.  We’d been organised today and even brought wet suits, water shoes, towels and a picnic rug!

We followed the same way down again, taking in magnificent views all around.  We could even see Windermere in the distance.  Note that there’s not much shade at all on this walk, so if it’s a hot day like today, take plenty of sun cream, water and hats.

Towards the very end of the walk, there were some lovely pools of water created by the ongoing waterfalls.  Some families were swimming in these, and it looked like a great place for a relaxing day, if you didn’t fancy the big walk.

On arrival at the bottom, we headed straight for the Sticklebarn Tavern.  We were very impressed with the food, atmosphere, decor and service.  Although we’d had enough sun for the day so chose to sit inside to enjoy our ice cold drinks!

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