Some of the most famous Wainwright Walks include the Langdale Pikes, the stunning series of rocky fells above Great Langdale. One of these Wainwright's is Harrison Stickle, which alongside Pike of Stickle and Loft Crag makes up thefamous and picturesque Langdale Pikes. The word stickle refers to a hill with arocky crag at it's summit, which perfectly describes the feature you will find at the top of the Harrison Stickle Wainwright Walk.
From the summit of Harrison Stickle, Wainwright Walkers will find the views extremely impressive, with all of the major Lakeland fell groups visible. Usually, Harrison Stickle is included on a Wainwright Walk taking in several other fells on a circular route from New Dungeon Ghyll. One such lengthy Wainwright Walk is an excellent one for those completing fells on their Wainwright Hill maps, with a round that includes all of the Langdale Pikes aswell as Pavey Ark, Thunacar Knott, High Raise, Sergeant Man and Blea Rigg. If wanting to make a good start on the Wainwright's this route offers the opportunity to tick off 8 separate Wainwright Fells from a Wainwright Hill Chart - a good return for 6 and half miles, some serious walking and stunning views all around.
Also from New Dungeon Ghyll, a less exerting Wainwright Walk that includesall three of the Langdale Pikes is very popular, with Harrison Stickle beingthe highest point of this Langdale Pikes walk. Doing this Wainwright walk will leave hikers in no doubt why Alfred Wainwright said of the Langdale Pikes, 'once seen, never forgotten'.
Harrison Stickle, the Langdale Pikes and the other Wainwright fells in the vicinity of Great Langdale can be explored in more detail in Book Three: The Central Fells, by A. Wainwright, part of the Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells.
Harrison Stickle appears through the low cloud giving a glimpse of a thrilling Wainwright Walk - Picture by Stewart Smith Photography