Guest Post By Ben: Stickle Tarn

Yesterday we went for a walk up to Stickle Tarn in Langdale. This is  Ben’s recount of the day…

I woke up and decided I wanted to go for a walk, but didn’t know where. Looking out of my window, it looked very cold. Daddy suggested we go to Stickle Tarn and told me where it was. It sounded like a good idea, so we packed up our things and a picnic, and set off.

We parked at the car park next to The New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, and started to walk up the path to the right of the Stickle Ghyll. It was quite rough to walk on at first and the stones on the path kept slipping, but it was good fun, and we played on the stepping stones in the stream too. The path all the way up is quite well paved, but very steep. We stopped every now and then for a drink (and some Kitkat) and it was really warm. I wished I had worn a t-shirt instead of my long sleeved Indiana Jones top.

It felt like a long way up to the top. My favourite part was crossing the ghyll over the big stepping stones – I even had to jump between them, but Josh had to be carried by Daddy, and Bonnie was really scared.

When we got to the top, we sat by the edge of Stickle Tarn, and had our tasty picnic, in the shadow of a huge rocky hill, which Mummy said is Pavey Ark. We didn’t have any plans to go across that though! It was nice by the tarn – there were even ducks, who tried to share our bread. The view from the top was really good, and we could see Windermere and loads of mountains.

On the way back down we took a different path and crossed the stream again lower down. We played pooh sticks on the bridge and I won. We saw people paddling and some other people ghyll scrambling, which looks like fun.

After we got all the way down, we stopped off at the New Dungeon Ghyll for cake and a drink. Mummy said it was 1552 feet up to Stickle Tarn, and about 2.5 miles there and back which is quite a long way! It took us about an hour and a half to get up and about an hour to walk back down.

I really liked this walk, because I liked the climbing parts and crossing the stream. Josh says he liked it too, and he liked listening to the waterfalls.

The mountain with Stickle Tarn

Overall I would give this walk 4 and a half out of 5, and I would definitely recommend it to other children.

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5 thoughts on “Guest Post By Ben: Stickle Tarn

  1. Dear Ben,
    I really enjoyed reading your Post. It is obvious that you had a lovely walk.Your description of the walk, everything you did and saw was written in a very clear and easy to understand style. I agree, 2.5 miles is a long walk so I think you did very well. I also think it is an excellent idea of yours to give a recommendation on those walks you like to other children.
    Thank you very much and my compliments to you on an excellent piece of writing.
    Best Wishes,

  2. Sue Ryan says:

    Dear Ben,
    This is very informative and interesting. We think you and Josh are very good at climbing mountains, especially the rocky parts. We are glad you enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of your exploits.
    Love from,
    Grandma and Grandad.

  3. Ben,

    Discover Cumbria loves your Guest Blog post!

    It was wonderful to read about your walk to Stickle Tarn. Do you know that you included three things that I love on a walk? A picnic, a waterfall and a game of Pooh Sticks! Actually make that four because a drink and a slice of cake at the end of a walk is always a bonus too.

    I loved the way that you included lots of really useful information, for other children and their Mums and Dads, who might be planning to do the same walk, whilst at the same time keeping the article personal and interesting to read.

    Thank you so much for sharing your day, your guest blog was a delight to read and what a lovely picture to illustrate too.

    I’m looking forward to your next Blog.

    Kind regards
    Elspeth for Discover Cumbria

  4. Holly Craven says:

    Dear Ben

    What a brilliant blog post. I loved reading it and I thought you described the walk very well
    I could see all the lovely scenery in my head. I hope you’ll write more soon – it was fab!


  5. Stewart Smith says:

    Nice work Ben!

    Look forward to reading more about more of your walks. Don’t forget whenever I come along you can always borrow my camera so you can take better photos than mummy 🙂


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