This is a grade 1 scramble (grade 3 being the highest) which gives walkers with a head for heights the chance to enter the preserve of the rock climber. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. A tricky Lake District scramble up a narrow groove … Only the first 70 metres or so are tricky and the exposure is minimal as you feel protected by the rock groove you are climbing in. It is, in fact, classified as a grade one scramble which is within the capabilities of fell walkers who are physically fit, and are either experienced or have an experienced guide or walking companion. UK Scrambles is dedicated to introducing people to the activity of scrambling. But opting out of some of these cookies may affect your browsing experience. Logged Ascents. Keen fell walker Susannah Cox, 37, of Lancaster decided to walk up Pavey Ark with her husband, John, on June 20 while enjoying some time off work. Trail magazine and the British Mountaineering Council present Britain's Mountain Challenges. I made it about one third up, but was defeated by the conditions; a veritable stream running down the gulley, the very steep climbing up slippery and slimey rocks, getting very wet and the sheer terror! It is perhaps best known for the impressive Jack's Rake, a scramble that follows a slanting route up the great face. A celebratory pint at the Walkers Bar was a must. Once you get to the edge of the tarn, turn right and follow a narrow path towards the right hand side of Pavey Ark, carefully crossing Stickle Ghyll, and in our case navigating around some seriously boggy terrain! So first of all set your sat navs up for the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel (Google Maps Link), found in Great Langdale near to Ambleside. Out of seven of us on the trip three of us decided to walk up Pavey Ark via Jack's Rake (me being one) and the other four walked the [relatively] safer way to the top [ Walk route map c281 The Langdale Pikes via North Rake from The New Dungeon Ghyll, Great Langdale ]. The scramblers called for help after they were unable to continue up Jack’s Rake on Pavey Ark in Great Langdale Jack's Rake is the most famous ascent of the Pavey Ark precipice. You have to make your way up the rocky stream all the way to the top of Pavey Ark. Dungeon Ghyll - Tarn Crag - Pavey Ark - Thunacar Knott - Harrison Stickle - Pike o' Stickle - Loft Crag - Thorn Crag - Dungeon Ghyll: Mark Jackson: 28/12/2018: Nice walk on a cold sunny day, with Peter Baker and dog Purdie. Did a basic circuit of Pavey Arc to blow out some cobwebs. Mark T: 14/12/2018 Dungeon Ghyll - Tarn Crag - Pavey Ark - Thunacar Knott - Harrison Stickle - Pike o' Stickle - Loft Crag - Thorn Crag - Dungeon Ghyll: Mark Jackson: 28/12/2018: Nice walk on a cold sunny day, with Peter Baker and dog Purdie. Did a basic circuit of Pavey Arc to blow out some cobwebs. Mark T: 14/12/2018 Climb up over small chockstone near the base of scree then scramble up to larger chockstone near top. From the top a gentle walk reaches Stickle tarn, walk around this to reach the magnificent Jacks Rake. Inspire others to try a new scrambling route, become a contributor. It is known as the North Rake by Wainwright. Despite some knee-trembling sections, the likes of Striding Edge on Helvellyn, Snowdon’s Crib Goch or Jack’s Rake on Pavey Ark can typically be attempted without ropes and protection. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. We had cheap gear, everything got wet and we had spent the coldest night of our trip in the utility room of the campsite playing cards and periodically putting change into the drier, taking turns to sit on it to warm up. Eventually, topping out on Pavey Ark is thrilling, and it always amazes me … The Rake is classed as a grade 1 scramble and it does involve regular use of your arms to pull you up to some of the steeper parts of the ascent. We topped out 15-20 minutes later on a series of bone dry rock terraces near the top of Pavey Ark, which is actually an outcrop of Thunacar Knott. Stickle Tarn itself is dammed at the Stickle Ghyll outflow to provide water to inhabitants of the Langdale valley and this creates a nice windbreak, or, as today, a viewpoint from which to look out across the water towards the cliffs of Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle to the left. UK scramble grade 2 is solid YDS class 3, but perhaps lapping into class 4. Amazing views on the climb up and from the summit which has no cairn. Picking out the line of the scramble we could see some fell runners and their dog, who had overtaken us earlier, traversing and threading their way up the middle of the cliff. Pavey Ark is most often climbed from the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, located some 1¼ miles (2 kilometres) to the south. Towards the top we were knee deep in snow climbing on our hands and knees – great fun! It towers above Stickle Tarn, and, with a tiny summit of its own, was regarded by Wainwright as a separate fell. There is no feedback for this climb. My nemesis - Jack's Rake, on the cliff of Pavey Ark. Not as extreme as going up Jakes Rake, this route takes you up to Stickle Tarn, then to the righthand side of Pavey Ark, scrambling up a rocky stream onto the top, then navigating around to Harrison Stickle, crossing Dungeon Ghyll, and taking the fairly direct route back down to the Old Dungeon Ghyll hotel. At a main crossing of the Ghyll, we kept to the left hand path. However, the further up the scramble you head, the more the views over Great Langdale become better. (Wainwright 1958, Pavey Ark 4). Jack's Rake is a serious scramble (grade 1) that goes across the face of Pavey Ark, next to the Langdale Pikes. We walked past a small beach on the edge of the dam and followed a small path along the western side of the lake towards the scramble. Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000) OL6 The English Lakes South Western Area. Photo: Bob Smith/grough Jack’s Rake is a grade-one scramble that rises across the south-east face of Pavey Ark. Rounding the tarn and nearing Pavey Ark, the path turns into a bit of a scree slope - but if you keep your eyes on the trail and stick with it, the scree slope turns more into a rocky ledge, and the scramble begins! Today was much more pleasant. The main event lay ahead, across the far side of Stickle Tarn, on the big brooding face of Pavey Ark. We are sorry that this post was not useful for you! This is the best of the 'easier' scrambles in the Lake District. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Nearing the top {photo by Richard Jennings) Hanging rock near Pavey Ark summit The author on Pavey Ark summit (photo by Richard Jennings) That was one hell of a scramble, but the day isn’t quite done with surprises. Facing the craggy façade it appears there is no way up. How this can be classified as a Level 1 scramble, I'll never know. Scrambling is the blurred middle line between hiking and climbing, considered by many to be far more enjoyable than either of them. ( Log Out /  A breathtaking walk & tricky scramble up to Pavey Ark via Jack's Rake, then onto Harrison Stickle & Pike of Stickle in Langdale, Lake District One of the best views from this Jacks Rake Walk. Out of these, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. This is a grade 2 scramble on lovely rough rock and in a wonderful position high above the Langdale valley. *** This classic scramble is taken in descent which some may find disconcerting and is certainly an unusual way of completing the route which may require some bypassing moves or waiting for those ascending. Pavey Ark Scramble – The Langdale Pikes Not as extreme as going up Jakes Rake, this route takes you up to Stickle Tarn, then to the righthand side of Pavey Ark, scrambling up a rocky stream onto the top, then navigating around to Harrison Stickle, crossing Dungeon Ghyll, and taking the fairly direct route back down to the Old Dungeon Ghyll hotel. I climbed the rake with my 11yo (a scrambler and a beginner rock climber) Jacks Rake starts almost opposite and a steep V cleft directs you almost all the way. Feedback Always Hide βeta. I then went on to Harrison Stickle, an … Pavey Ark seen over Stickle Tarn. Along the way are a few boggy bits. For adventurous souls who have a head for heights, an alternative route to the top is via Jack’s Rake, which is a scramble rather than a walk . None more so than on Jack's Rake a grade 1 scramble up the face of Pavey Ark. A group tackling a Lakeland route had to be rescued after getting stuck on a scramble that has been the scene of two deaths and a serious injury in recent years. The boy fell from Jack’s Rake on Pavey Ark today, injuring his head and spine. This picture is from the top of Pavey Ark, one of the Langdale Pikes. In search of our own, a friend and I headed to the Lake District to tackle Jack’s Rake, a grade one scramble up Pavey Ark (700m). Guidebook author Alfred Wainwright described the route as ‘just about the limit that the ordinary common or garden fell walker reasonably may be expected to attempt’. This is the best of the 'easier' scrambles in the Lake District. Kendal Mountain Rescue Team also helped in the rescue of the boy. Keen fell walker Susannah Cox, 37, of Lancaster decided to walk up Pavey Ark with her husband, John, on June 20 while enjoying some time off work. Home » Lake District Scrambles » Pavey Ark…. ... but more of a delightful clamber than a scramble. 4 / PAVEY ARK VIA JACKS RAKE AND EASY GULLY. Pavey Ark may look like the province of experienced climbers, but careful inspection will reveal a shelf running diagonally from the bottom right hand corner: Jack’s Rake. The first 75 yards, ending at a prominent rowan tree, is one of the trickiest sections you’ll encounter, and is quite often both wet and slippery so watch your step.” the upper section of the route and for me it shoots up to numero uno. We walked along the country lane to the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel car park. This is because of their accessibility - towering above Langdale - and they also have a distinctive profile which invites exploration. The last time I had walked on this path had been a few years back. So this was a quick late May bank holiday outing before driving back to London after lunch. There’s a scree-cum-rock scramble up to the start, which begins at the bottom corner of Pavey Ark next to a large gully called Easy Gully. ( Log Out /  The Langdales are a dramatic collection of spiky pikes rising into the air. « PREV NEXT » Taking a dramatic line cutting right across the craggy face of Pavey Ark. Summary: A fantastic walk which involves a spectacular scramble up the rock face of Pavey Ark via Jack's Rake. Jack's Rake can be seen rising from bottom right diagonally up the face of Pavey Ark. 3 users have this on their wishlist. It also provides a barrier against winds that may be buffeting the rest of Pavey Ark. Sergeant Man – Thunacar Knott – Pavey Ark – Harrison Stickle – Pike O’ Stickle – Rossett Pike – Great End – Scafell Pike: Thinking of the next Anna Escape. The summit seemed to be suffering from a localised midge infestation and therefore we quit the top almost immediately and start to descend back to the valley via Dungeon Ghyll and Pike Howe. The New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel (Walkers Bar) if it isn’t full, Pull in spots along the main road surrounding the area. Your email address will not be published. Our clothes had dried on us during our ascent to the tarn so before we started the scramble we ran to the tarn’s edge and soaked our long sleeve tops again. Required fields are marked *. This is the fun part of the walk. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. From the cairn, the third summit of Pavey Ark can be seen atop an impressively rugged face, with the Tarn glimmering way below. This is a grade 2 scramble on lovely rough rock and in a wonderful position high above the Langdale valley. This website contains route information submitted by real people like you, accounting the facts and personal tales of their experiences. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Our first peak, Pavey Ark, holds the famous Jack's Rake. A brilliant grade 1 scramble, through Pavey Ark, in the Langdale valley. Guidebook author Alfred Wainwright described the route as ‘just about the limit that the ordinary common or garden fell walker reasonably may be expected to attempt’. Pavey Ark is the grandest cliff in the Langdale Pikes. The scramble is exposed, but not technically difficult – anyone with a decent level of fitness and a good head for heights should be able to attempt it – but best not to with younger children. In a turn of events that shocked me to the core, we actually had mighty fine weather on this trip. Add to this the impeccable rock found on. These cookies do not store any personal information. A breathtaking walk & tricky scramble up to Pavey Ark via Jack's Rake, then onto Harrison Stickle & Pike of Stickle in Langdale, Lake District One of the best views from this Jacks Rake Walk. By accessing any page on ukscrambles.com you agree that you have read, understand, and will fully comply with the following pages: Terms | Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Affiliate Disclosure. The main event lay ahead, across the far side of Stickle Tarn, on the big brooding face of Pavey Ark. Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle dominate the shore of the tarn. the upper section of the route and for me it shoots up to numero uno. Pavey Ark and Harriso... First a warning, do NOT do this if you are not an experienced scrambler/mountain walker or have a guide who is. A group of us had tried to trek across the lakes in a week of spectacularly bad weather during our Easter holidays. It is classified as a Grade 1 scramble, but it is within the capability of many walkers, though it does require a head for heights and is considerably harder in bad weather. Jack's Rake on Pavey Ark is avoided by using an excellent path up the gully on the east ridge. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. 3 users have this on their wishlist. Jack’s Rake is a Grade 1 scramble and follows a natural right-to-left groove in the rock of Pavey Ark. We walk on over Thunacar Knott, Harrison Stickle, the Pike O’ Stickle and Loft Crag, swapping accounts of cloud inversions. Grassy area and view just above the crux of Jacks Rake – classic Grade 1 UK scramble route leading to the top of Pavey Ark 700m 2297ft 24th April 2017 - Langdale Pikes, UK Lake District. It has the exposure but only on one side and has … Jack's Rake is classified as a Grade 1 Scramble and in parts can be quite exposed. There is no feedback for this climb. Pavey Ark is a spectacular rock face towering above Stickle Tarn adjacent to the remarkable Langdale Pikes.It is best seen from the far side of Stickle Tarn at the top of Mill Gill where, in the words of Wainwright it "bursts upon the eye with dramatic effect". The scramble can be easily bypassed on either side of the ark by following the much gentler walking paths. Of course, it would be a much tougher proposition in wet weather and indeed, fatalities have been recorded on the route in the past few years, even in dry conditions. With weather warnings in place across the whole area and torrential rain later followed by heavy snow, we had gotten as far as the Great Langdale Campsite and hunkered down for a few days as the storms passed. Bear left to the summit cairn of Harrison Stickle, which is the … Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. It gets steeper as you get towards the end, but is fairly easy to navigate. It has the exposure but only on one side and has a chimney which can scare inexperienced scramblers. omg you crazy people – much safer to start in the Old Dungeon Ghyll hotel and well, stay there ! The remainder of the scramble is a series of blocks and grooves, linked by ledges which can be steep. Be the first to rate this post. The scramblers called for help after they were unable to continue up Jack’s Rake on Pavey Ark in Great Langdale An air ambulance paramedic joined members of the Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team in treating the scrambler at the site after the alert was raised at 10.15 this morning. In fine weather it is not problematic, in mist the only way is to take a bearing from the map, roughly WNW. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. It is therefore only recommended for experienced walkers with a head for heights. Once you approach the hotel, your parking options are: The last choice is my favourite (it’s free!). Discover everything you need to know about Pavey Ark—a hiking attraction recommended by 5 people on komoot—and browse 7 photos & 0 insider tips. Climb the chockstone 5m (advise rope in wet conditions) then easy run out to top of Pavey Ark. Pavey Ark. http://www.ukhillwalking.com/logbook/r/?i=134. ( Log Out /  The red line indicates the Jack's Rake scrambling route on Pavey Ark. None more so than on Jack's Rake a grade 1 scramble up the face of Pavey Ark. Grade I. Despite the crowds, more often than that they deliver a fantastic, but challenging, day out on rock. It was, however, certainly much quieter and more enjoyable than the last few minutes to the tarn where the two paths converged again and the path got quite busy. Add to this the impeccable rock found on. I climbed the rake with my 11yo (a scrambler and a beginner rock climber) Jacks Rake starts almost opposite and a steep V cleft directs you almost all the way. Three lads from Lancashire at the crux of Jacks Rake – classic Grade 1 UK scramble route leading to the top of Pavey Ark 700m 2297ft 24th April 2017 - Langdale Pikes, UK Lake District. Change ), UPA attacks during WW2 – how the UPA killed three of my great-grandparents, A short walk in Kirishima National Park – Mt Shiratori, Byakushi, Rokannon-Miike and Fudo Ponds (1.5 hours). Once you find the first cairn, it’s a simple route down to the Old Dungeon Ghyll hotel, following the path down (steep in places). Mr Cox told the Kendal County Hall hearing that conditions were bright, sunny and dry underfoot as they walked from the … Want a website thank ranks in Google Search? A group tackling a Lakeland route had to be rescued after getting stuck on a scramble that has been the scene of two deaths and a serious injury in recent years. Despite the steepness, the gully provides a straightforward way to the top of Pavey Ark. From here we walked across to Harrison Stickle. From the top a gentle walk reaches Stickle tarn, walk around this to reach the magnificent Jacks Rake. 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