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240305-11. © NRT, 2005
Langdale Pikes, in the Lake District National Park, UK, 24 March, 2005

From this angle, Pike Howe, on the right, looks a lot like what it is: a 500-million-year-old volcanic plug left when overlying rock eroded away to expose the tougher material cooled from magma in a secondary vent of the larger volcanic intrusion, Harrison Stickle (I'm not sure whether it was a full, erupting, volcano), in the background.

Note the people on the 'short' footpath down from the Pikes. The longer (by about three times) route which descends at the head of Langdale is more ambitious, but provides great views of Langstrath (the next valley to the north-west) and Langdale itself.

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