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

 

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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