Stickle Tarn and Blea Rigg. 5 March

An early start this morning. Driving towards Elterwater we noticed that the snow line was lower than expected, so decided to do our planned walk in reverse. We therefore decided to drive down towards the Langdales and start our walk from there.

We parked in the National Trust car park at Sticklebarn. Walking alongside Stickle Ghyll we made our way to Stickle Tarn. It was sunny but with a cold wind at the tarn. The view across to Pavey Ark was really clear.

This was the point where I discovered I’d left the flask of coffee in the car, doh! Never mind, cold drinks would have to do.

We then carefully crossed Stickle Ghyll as the rocks were slippy and icy. The lying snow had hidden the paths from view, which made it much more interesting. In picking our way towards Blea Rigg I managed to put my foot through the snow and into some nice marshy ground, soaking my boot; not ideal!

It was then a case of picking our way between the rocks and hidden marshy ground to get to Great Castle How and then, as the snow cleared, picking our way down to Pye How. At this point, the cloud had started to descend a little, and there was some rain. We therefore decided that the best plan was to follow the road back to the car – where there was a nice flask of coffee waiting!