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LAKE DISTRICT WALK
CRINKLE CRAGS


Friday 20th August 2004
.........Walk No. 594
18th August 2004 - No Through Road Walk - AA171 Windermere - Map Courtesy www.streetmap.co.uk

Lake District Walk  No. 41           Total 148 miles

Time Taken:  5.50 hrs   Distance:   Enjoyment:    Weather:   Threat of more rain
 12:30 am - 6:00 pm     7.5 miles         95%       at first then perfect walking weather

Temp:     Cloud:     Rain:    Visibility:    Ground Conditions:     Wild Life:
  23oC        60%        1%        Good           Muddy Underfoot           Sheep, Birds

Total AA:    Total MH:   Total LD:    Total AW:     Other:    Total Distance:
  806 mls       808 mls    1714.5 mls     148 mls       898 mls      4364 miles

Companions:   (Derek)   Kenny & Larry

Points of Interest:
Wrynose Pass     Three Shire Stone          Pike of Blisco                   Cold Pike
Red Tarn                 Great Knott             Gladstone Knott                   Long Top
Crinkle Crags          Shelter Crags               Three Tarns                    The Band
Stool End            Langdale Pikes     Dungeon Ghyll Old Hotel    Great Langdale

CRINKLE CRAGS - Long Top (Second Crinkle)    2816 feet (859 metres)
General:
Started from Wrynose Pass at 12:30pm. Dennis kindly dropped us by the Three Shires Stone (Lancashire, Cumberland and Westmorland) and agreed to pick us up after the walk at New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel car park at approx 4:30pm. As we started walking and slowly climbing towards Red Tarn, I looked up at the heavy clouds and wondered if the wet weather was going to drop another load of wet liquid on us again as the previous couple of days. When we reached the saddle between Pike o' Blisco and Cold Pike, we could see Red Tarn and Bowfell. Bowfell had its head in the clouds, but Crinkle Crags was clear. By this time the clouds seamed a little brighter, the threat of rain was slowly receding. The view at this point was great. We looked around and could see Wetherlam, the Carrs, Pike o' Blisco, Cold Pike, Great Knott, Crinkle Crags & Bowfell. Very impressive. We rounded Red Tarn and ascended past Great Knott towards the first Crinkle. Suddenly the views across to the Langdales opened up. Our months dropped with amazement. The views were spectacular. Approximately two thousand feet drop from the summit of Pike o Stickle to the Great Langdale valley bottom. Could this get any better? We continue on the steady ascent to the first Crinkle where the terrain changed, the path became mush steeper, we were forced to scramble to the top. We stopped for a while to eat our snacks and enjoyed the spectacular scenery. The Isle of Man could clearly be seen. As we descended the first Crinkle we could see the 'Bad Step' on the ascent up the second Crinkle. I remembered the detour around to the west. This enabled us to proceed easily to the highest point at 2816 feet. Here the views opened up all around and especially towards the Scafells. By this time the weather was perfect for walking and viewing the scenery, not too windy or too hot, but also plenty of bright sunny spells creating goods shadows on the rocky terrain. We could clearly see Skiddaw, Blencathra, Helvelyn, Fairfield and High Street. Very impressive. A slow undulating descent over the third, fourth and fifth Crinkle to Shelter Crags and the Three Tarns. The view of Bowfell as we descended to the Three Trans was awesome. We were envious of other walkers scrambling up Bowfell, but we had spent so much time admiring the views we were late for our rendezvous with Dennis at the car park. We speedily descended The Band admiring the views of The Langdales and the lengthening shadows over Pike o' Blisco. The perfect climax to an unforgettable walk. We hurried past Stool End and along the lane towards the car park. Laz had walked ahead to reduce the waiting and wondering for Dennis. Laz walked back to us to say he couldn't find Dennis. We had tried to contact Dennis by mobile but the signal was too weak. Eventually, after all sorts of 'What ifs' Dennis turned up, all was well; he had driven back to Wrynose Pass and back. Relief all round. Time to celebrate with a pint or two and reflect on a perfect day.
www.streetmap.co.uk, start Wrynose Pass 327705/502675, finish New Dungeon Ghyll Car Park 329645/506435, via Crinkle Crags 324855/504880.

Hazards: Do not rely on the mobile phone for communication on the hills. There is a signal when not expecting any and no signal when a vital message is required.
20th August 2004 - Lakes - Larry & Ken at Wrynose Pass the Start of the Walk
20th August 2004 - Lakes - Wrynose Bottom & Birker Fell
20th August 2004 - Lakes - Ken on Stile by Great Knott
Recent Walks Index Page
20th August 2004 - Lakes - Derek & Ken by Red Tarn
20th August 2004 - Lakes - Great Knott & Bowfell
20th August 2004 - Lakes - Bowfell from Red Tarn
20th August 2004 - Lakes - Bowfell from Great Knott
20th August 2004 - Lakes - Langdale Pikes from Great Knott
20th August 2004 - Lakes - Langdales from Great Knott
20th August 2004 - Lakes - Langdale from First Crinkle 20th August 2004 - Lakes - Bowfell from Second Crinkle 20th August 2004 - Lakes - Great End & Esk Pike & Bowfell from Second Crinkle 20th August 2004 - Lakes - Scafell Pike from Second Crinkle 20th August 2004 - Lakes - Scafells from Second Crinkle 20th August 2004 - Lakes - Scafell from Second Crinkle
20th August 2004 - Lakes - Scafell Pike from Long Top 20th August 2004 - Lakes - St Sunday Crag & Fairfield from First Crinkle 20th August 2004 - Lakes - Larry, Ken, Bowfell & Fifth Crinkle from Fourth Crinkle 20th August 2004 - Lakes - Skiddaw from Fourth Crinkle 20th August 2004 - Lakes - Derek & Bowfell from Shelter Crags 20th August 2004 - Lakes - Chief Sheep on The Band

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