Drawing 132: Summit Cairn, Pike o’ Stickle

Direction of view: E

Notes: The cairn is now much smaller than shown in the sketch.  The foreground rocks are recognisable on site.  Getting this sketch without other walkers in is likely to require patience.  The scene is also shown in outline on page Pike o’ Stickle 7 in The Central Fells, as well as Lakeland Mountain Drawings (427), Fellwalking with a Camera (page 26), Westmorland Heritage (page 207); it is the third photo in Fellwanderer, and on page 51 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer.  The photograph is very similar to the sketch, even down to the precarious-looking summit cairn.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 12th April 1978, on a day in Langdale with Peter Messenger, but unfortunately I didn’t keep my own photograph.  See drawing 316.

The picture on the left below was taken on 1st August 1981, when Peter and I were doing the Great Langdale horseshoe walk.  On a muggy morning, we climbed Lingmoor Fell first, and it was only much later, as we sat on Rosset Pike, that the sun emerged and we secured a photo of Drawing 232.  We continued to Pike o’ Stickle for a “long photographic stop” (to quote my walks journal).  Then it was on to Loft Crag for 267 and over Harrison Stickle and the Blea Rigg ridge, finishing back at Elterwater at 10.35pm.

I first took this picture on digital on 5th May 2012 on a round of the Langdale peaks again with Peter Messenger (see Drawing 245).  We had lunch on the summit and got good light on the adjacent picture of Loft Crag (267), but not on this sketch.

I took the picture again on 23rd May 2018 as, yes, Peter Messenger and I were doing that section of Wainwright’s Way that runs between Stickle Tarn and Stake Pass, accessing this from Dungeon Ghyll.  However, the third photo below is from 10th April 2019, a beautiful Spring day when I climbed Jack’s Rake, then walked over the Pikes with David Claxton and his dogs Bracken and Bramble.