The Langdale Peaks

Today’s image is of the Langdale Peaks – properly known as the Langdale Pikes – that lie on the northern side of Great Langdale in the Lake District. This group of three mountains can be seen from a considerable distance and are an instantly recognizable silhouette to those with knowledge of the Lakes.

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I took this image from near Elterwater – the name of a tiny village and a small lake at the jaws of Langdale. From the left the peaks are named Pike of Stickle, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark. Nestling in a hanging valley below the cliffs of Pavey Ark is a small lake called Stickle Tarn.

The images that you will see of these mountains on Postcards, Calendars and a host of other tourist memorabilia are always set against a perfect blue sky. But to my mind these mountains look better against a more sombre sky, provided of course, there are rays of light that turn the spotlight on the peaks. Then they seem to acquire a greater beauty.


About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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11 Responses to The Langdale Peaks

  1. Len says:

    Wonderful landscape Andy. Like the layers of the grass, trees and mountains.

  2. oneowner says:

    You’re right. This sky is perfect for this landscape. Well done.

  3. Great interpretation of a classic view, Andy.

  4. ehpem says:

    Great photo! And the geographical names are wonderful. I wonder if Stickle Tarn gave its name the stickleback fish which thrive in just this kind of location.

    • LensScaper says:

      Well, your comment sent me off to Google to find the answer. Tarn means ‘small lake’ – that’s familiar to anyone who visits the Lake District – there are loads of them. Stickle means ‘prominent or steep peak’. Stickle Tarn therefore means a small lake beside a steep or prominent peak. I’ve learnt something!

      • ehpem says:

        And yours in turn set me off to google. It seems that Stickleback comes from the pointed aspect of the origins of the word Stick. There is a very interesting list of cognates for its root:

  5. Alex Khoo says:

    Nice post! Cheers!

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