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