Crinkle Crags and Bowfell

Second walk of this holiday and a classic one at that. Wainwright claims the mile of walking across the Crinkles to be the finest ridge mile in Lakeland. That’ll do for me, with the bonus of Bowfell at the far end and a fantastic descent by The Band.

Start – Old Dungeon Ghyll
Route – ODG – Oxendale- Red Tarn- Great Knott – Crinkle Crags – Bowfell – The Band – ODG
Distance – 8 miles     Start time – 10.45am     Time taken – 6 3/4 hrs    Highest Point – Bowfell 902m
Weather – Dry all the way, with sunny spells to start and finish, threatening low cloud on the Crinkles
Bowfell map

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Crinkles Crags straight ahead with Bowfell the high point on the right

Crinkles Crags straight ahead with Bowfell the high point on the right

Looking out of Oxendale back into Great Langdale, pointy Side Pike on the right

Looking out of Oxendale back into Great Langdale, pointy Side Pike on the right

Bowfell above Whorneyside Force and Hell Gill

Bowfell above Whorneyside Force and Hell Gill

The aptly named Crinkle Crags, Bowfell in the sun at the far end

The aptly named Crinkle Crags, Bowfell in the sun at the far end

Great Knott summit looking to Pike O'Blisco

Great Knott summit looking to Pike O’Blisco

Bowfell 6

Looking to Cold Pike and beyond the Coniston range from Great Knott

Great Langdake from the first Crinkle

Great Langdake from the first Crinkle

Crinkle number 2 and the bad step, we took the easier path, to the left. Person in the blue gives some scale.

Crinkle number 2 and the bad step, we took the easier path, to the left. Person in the blue gives some scale

Long Top, Crinkle 2 summit, Windermere in the distance

Long Top, Crinkle 2 summit, Windermere in the distance

First look at the Scafell range, Scafell Pike in the middle

First look at the Scafell range, Scafell Pike in the middle

Bowfell

Bowfell

Three Tarns looking to the Scafells

Three Tarns looking to the Scafells

The Great Slab on Bowfell with the Langdale Pikes beyond.

The Great Slab on Bowfell with the Langdale Pikes beyond.

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Langstrath is the valley to the right, the dark fells in the distance are Skiddaw (l) and Blencathra (r)

The Esk Valley

The Esk Valley

Looking down on Three Tarns and Crinkle Crags from Bowfell. Red Tarn can be seen in the distance.

Looking down on Three Tarns and Crinkle Crags from Bowfell. Red Tarn can be seen in the distance.

Looking from Bowfell to Great Langdale

Looking from Bowfell to Great Langdale

Louise is happy to be coming back down!!

Louise is happy to be coming back down!!

Descending The Band looking to Pike O'Blisco

Descending The Band looking to Pike O’Blisco

Stunning Great Langdale

Stunning Great Langdale