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




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)




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!!