IN VIEW ~ CRINKLE CRAGS & BOWFELL Explore and Discover

summit. In summary, this route has 2600 feet of ascent over 4 miles on a very pleasant route.

with Stan Leigh Bowfell

Completing the Wainwright summits on three or more occasions has not been a priority but during the summer, Frances and I realised that we needed to do two more walks [4 fells] to achieve this target.

So, the weather forecast for Friday 15th September was good and we decided that it was time to visit Crinkle Crags and Bowfell from Langdale once again. We like to start walking early and we were parked up near Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel by 9am and on our way.

The ridge route from Crinkle Crags to Bowfell is on stony and rocky ground and progress is likely to be slow. Enjoy a break at the lovely location of Three Tarns and recover from the Crinkle Crags experience before the 850 feet of ascent to Bowfell.

Scafell & Scafell Pike from Bowfell

Rescue Teams are made up of volunteers and we need to play our part in staying safe and reducing risk of placing ourselves in danger. Remember to tell someone of your walking plan in the event of emergency. The main thing is to stay safe.

The Beautiful Langdales! 3 Tarn between Crinkle Crags & Bowfell

Our route was to Crinkle Crags via Stool End, then alongside Oxendale Beck, Browney Gill and then passing between Great Knott and Cold Pike near Red Tarn before seeing the steep buttresses and rugged grandeur of the Crinkles. This isn’t a place to visit in poor weather but Crinkle Crags offers a roughness with steep craggy slopes towering into the sky with an enjoyable up and down ridge with outstanding views. There are five Crinkles to visit as well as another summit [Shelter Crags] beyond. The second Crinkle at 2816 feet is the highest


Bowfell is very popular. At sixth highest [2960 feet], it occupies a fantastic position at the hub of three valleys, Great Langdale, Langstrath and Eskdale, rising as a massive pyramid at the head of each. The summit can be described as a shattered pyramid, a great heap of stones, boulders and naked rock - a giant cairn. A little way from the summit is The Great Slab of Flat Crags – an amazing sight, as is the view of Scafell and Scafell Pike from Bow Fell summit. It is a most wonderful place to be. Our descent of just over 3 miles was back to Three Tarns and head east [left] onto The Band route back to Stool End.

There are other routes to Crinkle Crags from Dungeon Ghyll, Eskdale and Wrynose. Bowfell route alternatives also include ascents from Stonethwaite and Eskdale. Whichever route you choose, this is a tough walk. The important thing is to plan routes with care and pay attention to weather conditions and our own ability before we set off. Most of us will be aware that the Mountain

I suggest using OS Explorer Maps OL6 [The English Lakes, South West Area], Alfred Wainwright’s Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells – Book 4 [The Southern Fells] and Andrew Leaney’s website which contains photographs and maps on routes that include Crinkle Crags and Bowfell routes – view via

The Band at Langdale

To complete our third completion of the Wainwright summits [there are 214], we shall turn our attention to Shipman Knotts and Kentmere Pike, possibly as part of the Kentmere Horseshoe. In the meantime, other projects include Eden Valley, Carlisle discovery, Lakeland’s Classic Walks and planning walks for the CTiCA Walking Group. I’ll keep you posted on progress.

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The Great Slab of Flat Crags

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