Saturday, March 31, 2012

Cold Pike, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell - March 2012

A walk Jonathan and I had been planning for some time.  Crinkle Crags is a lot of fun, I've done it before, so wanted to do it again and blog it to cross it off the list.  We also took the opportunity of bagging Cold Pike and Bowfell, another place that is lots of fun.

dry Oxendale Beck and a cloudy view towards Crinkle Crags

We set off from the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.  We might have been better setting off from the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel but the walk along the road was quite nice, looking up towards the Langdale Pikes, picking out climbers on the rock.  Eventually, we crossed Oxendale Beck and began climbing.
Steep climb up Browne Howe towards Red Tarn before turning right to bag Cold Pike.  Langdale Pikes behind Jonathan.  Pike of Stickle on the left and Loft Crag on the right.

first view of Crinkle Crags and the path leading there.

looking back from the climb up Cold Pike.  Red Tarn visible below to the right and Pike of Blisco taking in most of the picture in the middle.

Crinkle Crags and Bowfell.

Crinkle Crags and Bowfell from Cold Pike summit.

and again.

heading towards The Bad Step which is visible in the middle left of this picture
not that bad of a step really.  You have to scramble a bit here but there are plenty of hand holds.  You can also go around if you are not confident.

top of Crinkle Crags looking towards the Scafells.

Scafell, Mickledore, Scafell Pike all visible with Bowfell far right

up on Crinkle Crags

Close up on Scafell Pike (centre), Scafell to the left and Ill Crag to the right


Climbing Bowfell now

the Great Slab - great fun

Jonathan on top of Bowfell

Scafells again from the top.  Mickledore clearly visible here.

more Great Slab.

Bowfell Butress

looking out over the path over The Band with the Langdale Pikes beyond.
back on level ground now, Wrynose Pass in view here
3d route map

map and elevation

10 miles in total. Three Wainwrights.

1 comment:

  1. Idid the same walk earlier this year but started from the 3 shires stone. Great walk whichever way you do it