Walk                           :  Crinkle Crags & Bowfell from Old Dungeon Ghyll – Crinkle Crags (2,816ft), Bowfell (2,960ft)

Date                           :  21st July 2012

Weather                    :  Overcast and warm around 20 °C


Distance                   : 10 miles round trip

Time Taken              : 1 hour 50 mins to first summit (Crinkle Crags)


Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated


Terrain Overview




A fantastic walk up iconic mountains in the Langdale region, fine views to be had and Wainwrights` “Finest ridge mile in Lakeland



The walk starts from the NT Car park at Old Dungeon Ghyll. Here you can see the Crinkles and also the Band leading down from Bowfell



The Langdale Pikes from the path along to Stool End Farm



A closer view of the Crinkles



Crossing Oxendale Beck



Approaching Stool End Farm



Looking at Rosset Pike and Black Crags at the head of the valley



Pike o Stickle



Through the farm and the start of the path that runs along Oxendale Beck



The path up to the start of the Crinkle Crags ridge



Close up of the Beck



Whorneyside Force



And from higher up



Looking back to the Langdale Pikes from the climb



Pike o Blisco from the path



Just before the start of the ridge walk across the crinkles and a view back down the Langdale valley



Having negotiated the first crinkle the path leading to the second (and highest crinkle – Long Top) is blocked by what Wainwright

called “the most difficult obstacle met on any of the regular walkers paths in Lakeland … The Bad Step, requires a little bit of scrambling

or it can be bypassed completely by a path on the left



A view across Eskdale towards Scafell and Scafell Pike



Onwards to the third crinkle



A view of Bowfell from the top of the crinkle



Scafell Pike summit as busy as ever



The path from Three Tarns up to Bowfell – quite steep



Down at Three Tarns and a view of the Scafells



The very steep path up Bowfell



A look back from the climb



Approaching the summit of Bowfell



The “boulder heighway” up to the summit



Me on the summit of Bowfell



Mickledore separating the two Scafells



On the way back down via the Band and I pass the natural feature that Wainwright called “The Great Slab”



The gentle path back down to the valley via The Band



Down on the valley floor now in fading light and a last look at Crinkle Crags



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