Cold Pike, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell

Name of walk Cold Pike, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell
Date of walk 2007-04-18
Distance walked (miles) 9
Duration of walk 8 hours 0 minutes
Weather Sunshine
Peaks on walk Cold Pike, Crinkle Crags, Bowfell
Walked with Janet Kendall and Poppy
Parking Old Dungeon Gill car park

Janet, Poppy and I decided on a trip to the Langdales while it would be relatively quiet. We parked at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel and set off for Red Tarn, Cold Pike (2259ft) Crinkle Crags (five Crag summits, the highest being Long Top at 2816ft) Shelter Crags (2670ft) and Bowfell (2960ft). A walk of nine miles.

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The path to Stool End Farm. Pike O` Blisco goes off on the right (Cold Pike is behind it). Crinkle Crags in the middle and The Band is going off right.

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Footbridge leading to the path up to Red Tarn by Browney Gill.

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Crinkles from the path.

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Red Tarn with Wetherlam behind.

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Summit of Cold Pike with the long path to Crinkle Crags behind. Bowfell at the back.... The path to the Crinkles is all loose rock which makes for difficult walking.

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Wetherlam, Swirl How, Great Carrs and Wet Side Edge. The walk from a fortnight ago.

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Harter Fell with Devoke Water to the right.

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Wetherlam, Swirl How, Great Carrs and Wet Side Edge. The walk from a fortnight ago.

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Me doing my Roy Orbison impression.

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Looking back to Great Knott on left (Pike O` Blisco behind) and Cold Pike on right. Windermere at the back.

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Great Langdale Valley from the first Crinkle. Great views over to the Helvellyn range and Fairfield Horseshoe etc. We stopped here for lunch.

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Second Crinkle is Long Top. The `Bad Step` is on the path on the right...a 7ft vertical wall...not dog friendly so we took the path off left and doubled back to the summit. Three National Trust Wardens seen at the base of the Bad Step route gives the route some perspective

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Close up of Bowfell from the summit of the 2nd Crinkle.

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Looking out to Eskdale.

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View back to Pike O` Blisco, Red Tarn and Cold Pike.

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Three more Crinkles done....on to the route through Shelter Crags to Bowfell.

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Summit tarn.

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Looking back over to Crinkle Crags.

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Still aiming for Bowfell. The sheep have spotted Poppy! Thankfully she has no interest in sheep, only in water and sandwiches and sniffing things! Very rocky terrain...The path up Bowfell is all boulders and scree

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The Scafells from Three Tarns. Only one tarn there the rest had dried up during this dry spell. Same can be said for the bogs and gills.

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Janet made for the summit while I took a detour to look at the Great Slab and Bowfell Buttress.

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Summit of Bowfell from the top of the Great Slab. Janet on the horizon.

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Looking down the Great Slab.

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Looking across the top of the Great slab over to Pike O` Stickle and Harrison Stickle.

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Scafell and Scafell Pike from the summit of Bowfell.

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Langstrath Valley. Skiddaw and Blencathra at the back, the Dodds and Helvellyn off to the right.

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The view from The Band of our way up to Red Tarn and the deep scar of Browney Gill.

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Walking down The Band.

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Stool End Farm finally comes in to view...not far now...The sun is now sinking behind the mountains leaving Langdale in the shade.

The walk took just under eight hours. Cold on the tops, but excellent visibility.
Jo.
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