The Langdale Pikes

This view up the popular Langdale valley is a classic image of the Lake District. The silhouette of the Langdale Pikes in the right half of the picture is visible from a wide area to the SE of the Lake District and is unmistakable to those familiar with the area. In the left half of the image are Crinkle Crags and in the centre Bow Fell. Walk up beyond them and you will eventually reach Scafell and Scafell Pike (England’s highest mountain at 978M or 3,209ft).

_DS77787The dominant craggy mountain on the right of the image is Harrison Stickle – the highest of the Langdale Pikes. To its left is the more rounded lines of Pike of Stickle, which from some viewpoints is distinctly thimble-shaped. A slightly different view was posted last Autumn. Click here to view that post.

We had a wet week in the Lakes last week, but there was one dry day with blue sky and sun and we made the most of it, visiting this beautiful valley. I’ve come home with just under 300 new images – so despite rain there were opportunities to gather images and the Autumnal colours were beautiful. Some of those images will be posted over the next few weeks.

The slopes of these peaks are covered in Bracken (a large coarse fern that grows to waist height). It’s not fun wading through, but in Autumn it colours the mountains in golds and browns and oranges. The perfect time of year for a photograph.

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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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18 Responses to The Langdale Pikes

  1. Thanks for that Andy – these are the hills of my teenage years, and I never tire of being there or seeing them in pictures.

    • LensScaper says:

      They were my hills too as a teenager. I think Helvellyn was the first ‘big’ mountain I climbed with my Dad – in mist. didn’t see a darned thing from the top!

  2. Len says:

    What a beautiful serene looking valley Andy. Sorry that your week was rain-filled. Looking forward to seeing the images you brought back.

  3. What a beautiful area Andy. The hiking must be terrific. Goegeous images and I want to see more 🙂

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Edith. There will be more but most are of the landscape ‘up-close’. There just weren’t the long views (cloud covered hills) and our travels remained on the fringes of this area. But still I got some images that I am finding rather exciting o process

  4. These are the Langdales all right – great photos Andy

  5. oneowner says:

    This looks like the perfect place to wander in the Fall (or any other time of year).

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Ken. It is beautiful walking country, but also the wettest area of the entire country (there’s a clue in the area’s name – Lake District). So you can get very wet, quite often. But on a beautiful day it is very hard to beat.

  6. Outstanding valley view, Andy. What a great scene.

  7. ShimonZ says:

    looks like a very calm and protected valley… a place in which one can find peace.

  8. This is a very nice landscape, and I like the sheep too.

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