Crinkle Crags and Bowfell

  • A rocky panorama around the head of Langdale
  • As much scrambling as you want
  • Views of all the Lakeland giants

Walkers head for Langdale for its richly deserved reputation as the centre of tough fell walking. Approaching the fells confirms the reputation; the valley has only a few farms, two hotels and a campsite whereas the valley itself is ringed by a spectacular set of steep sided mountains. The “Band” splits the valley down the middle creating the most straightforward ascent in to the heart of these mountains. I like this route, even though it is hard work, with its ever improving views, straightforward access to the impressive Climbers Traverse under Bowfell and aesthetically satisfying direct line.

The Climbers Travers led me under the Great Slab of Bowfell which for geologists is a masterpiece and for non geologists simply impressive to look at. Try not to imagine the consequences of a fall.

Crinkle Crags has always been one of my favourite fells in the Lake District. It is a 2 mile highway of rocky outcrops on a wide ridge, difficult to follow in the mist, but great fun in all conditions. I enjoy scrambling as much as possible on a walk and keeping to the crest on the Crinkles offered me this opportunity. I have visited the Crinkles in the snow, high winds and most recently in glorious sunshine and enjoyed them all. I have suggested carrying on to the rocky peak of Pike O Blisco on this walk, it just seems a shame to leave it out and it is ‘almost’ on the return journey whilst offering fabulous views back over the Crinkles and Bowfell and across the valley to the Langdale Pikes.

Recommend: Take time and explore the Crinkles, there are some perfect little spots to stop and admire the wonderful views

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL6 The English Lakes South West. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 293065. The parking is expensive (£6 for the day) so bring change and then head for the farm at Stool End
Height to Climb: 880ms (2,886 feet)
Terrain: Hard on the feet the terrain particularly on Bowfell and over the Crinkles is rocky and sometimes loose. There is nearly 4,000 foot of climbing across the circuit. The path off Pike O Blisco is a masterclass in erosion control.
Eating & Drinking: Climber bars are available at both the New and Old Dungeon Ghyll and after this walk it is probably not worth the effort to travel the extra 2 miles to the better pub in Chapel Stile
Similar Walks Nearby: Great Carrs & Wetherlam
The Langdale Pikes
Pike O’Blisco from the New Dungeon Ghyll
Places to Stay: Smallwood Hotel, Ambleside