Wednesday 29th August 2007
Start point: The Old Dungeon
Ghyll car park (NY 286 062)
Old Dungeon Ghyll -
Pike O' Blisco
- Red Tarn
Cold Pike -
Crinkle Crags -
Shelter Crags - Three Tarns -
- Climbers Traverse - Hell Gill - Oxendale - Old Dungeon Ghyll
Distance: 9 miles
Total Ascent: 1260 metres
Time Taken: 5 hours
Regular viewers may remember the last
time I set off on this route in
January when I nearly got blown off
Pike o' Blisco in a blizzard and decided to cut short the route. Some
may also remember that back in May I managed to drop my camera and ruin
a lens. Since then I have been using the cheapo kit lens that I had but
I finally got around to getting a new one which I used for the first
time today - hopefully the photos will be back to their previous clarity
and sharpness. The walk today was memorable for a couple of reasons; the
first was that I managed a quick dip - the first on a walk this year.
The second was when I got chatting with the shepherd at Stool End Farm
who had a Beardie as a working companion and it was interesting to
compare her with Casper.
On the way to Langdale the mist lies over the head of
Early morning sunshine and cloud on Bowfell.
Crinkle Crags over Wall End Farm.
The cloud clears from Bowfell on the climb to Pike o'
Blue skies over Pike o' Blisco.
All clear over the Coniston fells from the southern cairn
on Pike o' Blisco.
Mist over Crinkle Crags with Bowfell beyond the main
Cold Pike over Red Tarn with a distant Black Combe.
Crinkle Crags and Bowfell from Red Tarn.
The Crinkles from Cold Pike...
...just follow the superhighway.
The second and third Crinkles from the first.
Approaching the 'Bad Step' on the second Crinkle - it is
the dark area to the right of centre.
Not so bad today though, me and Casper managed it okay.
There is an alternative way around to the west if you don't fancy trying
Clouds over the Scafells from Long Top, the second and
highest of the Crinkle Crags.
The cloud was constantly appearing then disappearing from
Scafell Pike to the left and seemed to be pouring into Eskdale from Esk
Hause to the right.
The clouds over Esk Hause.
Bowfell from Shelter Crags.
Casper has a sit down at Three Tarns with a view of the
Scafells as a backdrop.
The view from the second tarn - there were only two
today, despite the name.
All clear on the Scafells now from Bowfell summit.
All was cloudy to the north and into Langstrath.
Looking back to Bowfell Buttress from the Climber's
Traverse on Bowfell.
Looking up to the Crinkles from Buscoe.
At the bottom of Hell Gill, I found this secluded pool an
idyllic place for a bathe. Heaven Gill I'd say!
Whorneyside and the Crinkle Crags from the path to
Oxendale. The bracken is well gone now.
The same view from further along the path.
Once at Stool End, I spotted a shepherd with a Beardie
so we spent a good hour whiling the time away. This working Beardie was
half the size of Casper even though the markings are very similar; there
are plenty of working Beardies around Langdale - a hardy breed indeed...but
you knew that!
The Langdale Pikes.
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