For those new to scrambling, the site of Pavey Ark across Stickle Tarn can look quite imposing, with no obvious route up for the non roped climber. However a right to left upwards slanting line can be seen across the face of the cliffs. This is Jakes Rake.
As you walk round to the right of the Tarn, the route becomes more obvious.
Now the route doesn't seem as bad, but again, to the normal hillwalker the thought of being so high could be a little duanting!
Once you get over the small scree slope, you soon realise that the "rake" is actually a shallow groove running up the face of Pavey Ark. Although it can sometimes be a bit wet and slimey, you are naturally protected from the drop by the rock wall to your left. Only on a couple of occaisons are you "exposed", and even then you would have to throw yourself off to fall! (That said, I don't doubt there have been accidents here). The adventurous can stick top the crest of the wall on good steps but with greater exposure.
Looking down over Stickle Tarn and enjoying a well deserved lunch!
After lunch, we headed for Harrison Stickle. From here you get a good view of Pavey Ark from the side.
Luckily we had the route to ourselves, but by the time we'd had lunch it was getting a bit crowded!
From Harrison Stickle we went over to Pike of Stickle, with views over to Bowfell and Crinkle Crags, and Scafell beyond.