Walk                       : Crinkle Crags and Bowfell (via a few detours !!)

                                                  Date                       : 21st July 2012

                                                  Weather                 : Fine, at times overcast and warm around 19° C

                                                  Route Details          : Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Stool End Farm, Crinkle Crags, Bowfell, The Band, Old Dungeon

                                                                                                  Ghyll Hotel

                                                  Distance                 : 11 miles


                                                            Click here to see which part of Lakeland this walk is situated ….



                                                 After the rubbish July weather and numerous aborted attempts to travel to Lakeland and try out this epic Fell Walk at long last

                                                                         the rain and low cloud gave way to higher pressure, clear visibility and even a bit of sunshine – too good of an opportunity to miss.

                                                                         The route I took had many “detours” (not all planned) and the pull up to the main ridge was arduous, once on the ridge however you

                                                                         get to understand why Wainwright called this “Lakelands finest ridge mile”



The walks starts from the National Trust car park at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Here the “crinkles” can be seen in the centre

of the picture and also “The Band” that is in effect one of the spines of Bowfell and also my route back down later on



The Langdale Pikes on the opposite side of the valley from the foot path along to Stool End Farm



A closer view of Crinkle Crags and The Band with the deep ravine of Crinkle Ghyll gouging through the centre



Crossing Oxendale Beck



Approaching Stool End Farm



At the head of the valley - Rossett and Black Crags



And across the valley to the unmistakable steep sided outline of Pike O Stickle



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



At the moment clear blue skies and not a rain cloud in sight



The Ghyll in detail and the start of what was to be several “off piste” detours



The spectacular Whorneyside Force



…. and from higher up



Looking back to the Langdales from left to right – Pike O Stickle, Loft Crag, Thorn Crag and Harrison Stickle



Still off the beaten track so to speak - but here a cracking view of Pike O Blisco



After an intense amount of scrambling Im back on the main ridge now and looking back down the magnificent Langdale valley



After negotiating 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” – this is “The Bad Step”. It consists of

two massive chock stones that block the way up the gulley to the summit of Crinkle No. 2. At over 10 feet high there seems no

obvious path – however the red line indicates how, with a bit of scrambling and knee work it can be over come. For those not wishing

to be so adventurous – a pathway to the left can also be used



Now the views really start to open up and here across Eskdale – the mighty Scafells




Onwards though and on to the third crinkle to form an orderly queue



But well worth the wait as you get a fine view of the second of the day`s objectives for me – Bowfell



And a close up of Scafell Pike - and it seems as though this has been a popular choice of fell walkers today – these people enjoying the views from the highest point in England



The path from “Three Tarns” that will take me up to Bowfell summit



When you see a cairn always add to it with a stone (or boulder) of your own choosing so as to maintain the navigational aid for others, but somehow I don’t think my “addition” to the

top of this one will stand the test of time especially after the first gust of wind !!



I got down to Three Tarns just before the start of the pull up to Bowfell here looking over to the Scafells - awesome



Time for some more serious leg work now as I reach the start of the rocky path up to the summit of Bowfell



A quick glance back (and a breather) to look back from where I had come from as I gain height



And there is the pyramid-like summit of Bowfell – Wainwright described this as a true mountain, not a fell - and from this angle it`s hard to disagree



As the summits gets ever nearer it becomes a scramble over the “boulder highway”



Made it !!!



Bowfell occupies a central position between three valleys – Langdale, Langstrath and here Eskdale with Lingcove Beck snaking its way along the valley floor. In the top right

of this shot is Devoke Water in the distance



Mickledore separating the two Scafells



On the way back down from the summit and I pass the natural feature that A.W. called “The Great Slab” see his drawing of it here



The gentle path down “The Band” that leads to the valley floor back at Stool End Farm



On the valley floor and one last glance back at the “crinkles” and the end of a fantastic walk



And what better way to round off a perfect day than a pint (or three) of Wainwright’s in the New Dungeon Ghyll



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