Britain's Mountain Challenges: Jack's Rake

Trail magazine and the British Mountaineering Council present Britain's Mountain Challenges.

In this video we tackle Jack’s Rake, an ever-popular slanting scramble in the heart of one of the Lake District’s most appealing valleys. To find it yourself you’re setting your sights on Langdale (just a short drive from Ambleside) from which you’ll hike up to the cool waters of Stickle Tarn. Once here the route leaps right out at you, as it cuts across the face of Pavey Ark, the imposing wall of rock that dominates the skyline from this point.

Although technically a Grade 1 scramble, this is not a route to be underestimated. The ascent is steep from the off and the growing sense of exposure to your left-hand side as you climb upward can be unnerving for the inexperienced. The rock is often wet and slippery too, meaning that slow, steady and secure progress is essential. Because of this and the route’s enduring popularity there are slips, accidents and even fatalities here every year – so caution is advised at all times. However, approach Jack’s Rake safely and you’ll discover a natural scrambling line of supreme mountain drama and consistent interest. This is a deservedly celebrated route.