Mountain Journeys

Langdale Scrambling – On rock from the valley floor to the summits


Langdale Scrambling - Enjoying the wonderful rock on Thorn Crag

Langdale Scrambling

Yesterday we ventured back out onto rock for the first time since lockdown. This was a wonderful moment, there's no doubt about it. The day was chilly so the plan was to stay on easy terrain and keep moving to keep warm.

So for starters it was the Langdale classic 'Middlefell Buttress'. We climbed this in short pitches so we were both able to be moving most of the time. At the top of the route Kate couldn't find her mobile and after a good search, concluded she must have dropped it on the ledge below! I set up an abseil to go and have a look. Lots of searching later and I gave up, returning to Kate her face said it all. It had been hiding in her pocket the whole time 🙂

So onwards we went, finishing this section with an ascent of Curtain Wall followed by some easy scrambling to reach the path towards the Langdale Pikes and our next route.

Thorn crag was next up. A grade 1 scramble of really high quality gave us loads of fun in increasingly great positions.
By the time we reached the top we were in T-shirts and it was sunbathing weather.

The descent path lies near the summit and this allows a swift descent back to the valley, stopping off to wash our hands in the cascading waters of the Dungeon Ghyll.

This route is one of many mountaineering style link-ups in the Langdale valley, we know loads of them. If this could be what you're looking for and want to make sure you make the most of your time here in the Lake District, please get in touch and we'll put a plan together just for you. For more about what we can offer see our Activities Page

Subject to government restrictions, we hope to be offering activity days again by the beginning of June. Number of participants may be limited, but we often operate a 1:1 ratio anyway, so not much change there.

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Thanks for reading

Mark & Kate


Raven crag, Langdale


Langdale Scrambling - Kate nearing the top of Middlefell Buttress


Post abseil for a mobile phone retrieval!


Taking precautions in a Covid world. A thorough wash in flowing the stream



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