20th January 2008

Water, water everywhere - up in the cloud on Crinkle Crags


Walk Overview
Time 09.20 to 14.35
Duration 5 hr 15 min
Distance 7.3 mile
Ascent 2750 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney & Peter Burgess
Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel - Stool End Farm - Oxendale - Whorneyside Force - Hell Gill - Three Tarns - Crinkle Crags - Oxendale - Stool End Farm - Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Old Dungeon Gill, Great Langdale

The Langdale Pikes and the Crinkle Crags / Bow Fell ridge remain as popular as ever and this is reflected by the number of cars that cram into this car park, and just how quickly it fills up in the morning.


Route Map

A damp January morning at Stool End Farm.

Oxendale Beck.
We didn't cross this footbridge on the outward leg of the journey. Instead, we continued along the path on this side of the beck to reach Whorneyside Force and Hell Gill. Towards the end of the walk however, we walked down a path on the left of the waterfalls (seen here) and crossed the bridge from the other side to get to where I'm standing now. I think that makes sense.

We left the main path at this point and headed across to Whorneyside Force. The grass in particular, but whole fellside was soaking wet and quite slippery along this short detour across to get a closer look at the waterfalls.

This picture doesn't begin to do it justice, but the waterfalls are well worth a visit.

And looking back down to the falls.

Cloud hanging on in Great Langdale.

Looking into the top of Hell Gill; a deep, awe inspiring gash in the fellside. When the gill is viewed at close quarters you can appreciate just why it gained such a fearful name as Hell Gill.

By the time we reached Three Tarns (this is one of them), we were well and truly in the cloud and remained in the cloud until we started to drop down towards Red Tarn.

Heading across Crinkle Crags.
The rain wasn't as heavy as we'd expected, it wasn't very windy and it was unexpectedly mild, so I suppose we couldn't really complain, despite the lack of views.

And further along the ridge.

Taking the path which avoids the bad step.

Red Tarn.
Our original plan was to continue up to Pike O'Blisco, however, because of the less than ideal conditions, we decided to head back into Oxendale and give Pike O'Blisco a miss.

It's been quite a weekend for waterfalls. We passed this one shortly after starting to head down the path next to Browney Gill.

Oxendale and Great Langdale.

Walking towards Oxendale Beck. Notice the bridge across the beck, this is the one in the second photo.

Standing on the footbridge with a view into Great Langdale. The pointed fell on the right of the photo is Side Pike.

And facing the other direction to the head of Oxendale.


Three Stool End Farm residents.
"Don't you ever get sick of those humans trying to talk to us and forever patting us on the head"?

"If you think that's bad, the one in the red jacket has just asked if he could cut my fringe to knit himself a horse hair hat".

"You're joking".

"No it's true. He mumbled something about using dog fur, then he walked off before I had a chance to answer him"

"Never mind that. You'd better watch where you're putting your feet. That daft chicken has wandered in here again".

( a private joke for Jayne, Max and the others from Saturday evening in Keswick )

The Old Dungeon Gill Hotel.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks