Saturday 26th July 2009

 

Start Point : The Old Dungeon Ghyll (NY 286 061)

                   

Distance : 6.8 miles          Height Ascended : 890 metres

 

Route Map

    

 

Looking up the head of Great Langdale as Crinkle Crags and Bowfell catch the first of the early morning light

 

Crinkle Crags and eastern ridge of The Band which was to be part of my route up to Bow Fell

 

Middle Fell Farm

 

Pike o' Stickle and Loft Crag

 

Crinkle Crags, The Band and Bow Fell from the Stool End farmroad

 

Stool End farmhouse

 

Starting the climb up The Band

 

Oxendale

 

Great Langdale

 

Pike o' Blisco, Cold Pike and Great Knott from The Band

 

The views to Crinkle Crags ever changing with the fast moving clouds

 

Wetherlam and Great Carrs come in to view past Pike o' Blisco as height is gained

 

Bow Fell

 

Looking across Rossett Pike and over the Glaramara ridge to the distant Northern Fells

 

Climbers' Traverse looking to Bowfell Buttress

 

A dramatic scene at the foot of Flat Crags

 

Bowfell Buttress – ‘The Buttres is the best-known of Bowfell’s climbing grounds and is reached

by an interesting traverse below the mountain’s rim of crags overlooking Mickleden’ (AW - A Third Lakeland Sketchbook)

 

The spring at the foot of Cambridge Crags - ‘……nothing sweeter ever came out of a bottle…..’ (AW)

 

The northerly aspect from Bow Fell across Rossett Pike and through to Langstrath and beyond

 

Wainwrights ‘River of Boulders’ between Cambridge Crags and the Great Slab

Keeping close up to the side Cambridge Crags provides a relatively easy ascent

 

The Great Slab

 

 ‘Bowfell’s top is a shattered pyramid, a great heap of stones and boulders and naked rock, a giant cairn in itself’ (AW)

 

Sca Fell, Mickledore and  Scafell Pike

 

Bow Fell’s westerly panorama – click on imakge for a larger version

 

Crinkle Crags from the summit of Bow Fell

 

A superb view over the Great Slab and down Great Langdale

 

Violet sits patiently at the summit

 

Across Esk Pike to the Northwestern Fells and a glimpse of the Solway Firth

 

The constantly changing shadow patterns add to the superb views

 

Northwesterly Panorama – click on image for a larger version

 

Across the Great Slab and High Raise plateau towards The Dodds / Helvellyn / Fairfield skyline including a distant

 glimpse of the Northern Pennines between St Sunday Crag and Fairfield (the dip in the skyline just right of centre)

 

Moasdale

 

Crinkle Crags over Three Tarns

 

The Scafells over one of the Three Tarns

 

Bowfell Links

 

Slight Side with a distant glimpse of the Isle of Man on it's upper left

 

Bowfell Links over Three Tarns

 

Looking up Buscoe Sike to Bow Fell

 

A small part of the deep ravine below Buscoe Sike that is Hell Gill

 

Crinkle Gill and upwards to the Crinkles

 

The lower section of Hell Gill contains many deep pools…………..

 

Tempting enough for Violet to consider getting her feet wet at least

 

Looking up to Gunson Knott and Shelter Crags – the deep scar of Hell Gill just right of centre

 

A perched boulder in the beck above Whorneyside Force

 

Whorneyside Force

 

The foot of Oxendale – Side Pike to the right

 

Crinkle Crags from Oxendale

 

The footbridge across Oxendale Beck

 

The Langdale Pikes over The Band's lower eastern slope

 

Shearing day at Stool End - short baaaack and sides all round!!