National Trust Guided Walks in the Lake District
Published: Wednesday 29th May 2013
Written by: Natalie Barker
If you fancy a walk, whilst staying in one of our Lake District cottages, why not…
…Head to the Sticklebarn in Great Langdale this summer for a guided walk with mountain leader, Malcolm Wade. Theses walks are free, starting and finishing at The Sticklebarn Tavern (the first pub owned and run by The National Trust). As with all walking on the Lakeland Fells you do need to come prepared, walking boots are essential as are waterproofs and a torch (in case of emergency). We took a flask of tea, water and some biscuits with us for our walk. A good waterproof rucksack is always worth investing in.
On Wednesday 31st July Malcolm will lead a hike up The Langdale Pikes – covering the summits of Harrison Stickle, Pike of Stickle, Loft Crag and Pike Howe. Covering a total distance of 6.8km and an ascent of 723m – Malcolm expects that the walk will take about 3.5 hours starting at The Sticklebarn at 10am.
On Monday 26th August Malcolms’ walk will lead you to Bowfell and Esk Pike via The Band, from the summit you’ll then descend to Angle Tarn and into Mickleden before returning to the pub. Once again it will be a 10am start with the walk planned to take about 6.5hrs. Total distance will be 15.4km with a total ascent of 1052m.
Having been with Malcolm on an earlier guided walk this year Heather & I can both attest to his professionalism and also to the great feeling of camaraderie that being part of a group (most of whom you’ve never met) can bring whilst heading to a common goal. The walk we took part in was up to Stickle Tarn and was suitable for us to take our youngest children (9 & 5 years old) and our dog, but for each walk please check the suitability with the organisers.
If you’re looking for things to do in the Lake District then look no further. For more information and to secure a place on the walks, please ring The Sticklebarn on 015394 37356