Two ways up Pavey Ark
TWO Wainwright circular walk: Pavey Ark and Thunacar Knott (also visiting other peaks of the Langdale Pikes if desired)
Time: 3 - 4 hours
Parking: New Dungeon Ghyll NT car park (£8 for a full day in 2021) or, if you arrive early enough, there are some free roadside places by Rossett Bridge. Alternatively, take the 516 bus from Ambleside.
|Pavey Ark and the Langdale Pikes over Elter Water|
|Walk out of the top of the car park|
|After the gate, turn right and follow the path along this wall|
3PH b. The path ascends to a stile. Go across it and keep on ahead, to the left of the wall continuing up the hillside. (My suggested route down, from Thorn Crag, returns from the fells at this point, crossing Dungeon Ghyll to the left of the stile).
|Cross the stile and continue up to the left of the wall|
|Head up the paved path to your left|
3PH d. The paved path heads, very obviously, up the flank of Pike Howe. There are good views ahead and, behind you, back down into Langdale.
|Follow the path around the flank of Pike Howe|
|Looking back into Langdale|
|Harrison Stickle above Pike Howe|
|The tops of Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark|
3TP - The Tourist Path (TP) Route to Stickle Tarn
|Taking the tourist path up the valley (on a wet day!)|
|Looking up to Pavey Ark (on a dry day!)|
3TP b. Although there are various other side paths that could be taken, the clear and well-paved tourist path up the valley can't be missed. Taking the paved route to the left, back over the ghyll, brings you out on the dam wall of Stickle Tarn.
|Crossing Bright Beck|
7JR b. Walk around the side of the tarn and then up to the foot of the rake, which you can see heading from bottom-right to top-left in the cliff of Pavey Ark above you.
|At the foot of Jack's Rake|
|At the rowan tree|
|Looking towards Thunacar Knott|
|The summit cairn on Thunacar Knott|
|The views from the path descending back into Langdale|
|Looking back from Langdale at the route off the fells. The buttresses in the foreground provide some superb rock faces for serious climbers|