Langdale – Pike O’Blisco, Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell

 

Having never ventured onto the fells that flank the southern side of the Langdale valley, we thought our honeymoon would be a nice chance to have a look at Pike O’Blisco, Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell. The walk started with a steady ascent from the National Trust car park. There were plenty of lambs to keep us entertained as we picked up the path up Pike O’Blisco. As we ascended we realised we weren’t technically on the path but on the Langdale fell race route, which worked nicely for us as we got to the top in short order. The wind on the summit was pretty savage, forcing Harriet to wrap-up in literally all the clothes she had!

 

A view up Lansdale Valley
A view up Lansdale Valley

 

Ascending Pike O'Blisco
Ascending Pike O’Blisco

 

Having a little scramble
Having a little scramble

 

From the summit we picked up the path along the fell tops which links up with Crinkle Crags. The initial descent is short and steep but at the col the path is really smooth so we leisurely strolled along until reaching the First Crinkle. After negotiating the Bad Step we took a short brunch stop in a rocky recess out of the wind. We carried on picking our way across the Crinkles, enjoying the rocky high fell tops.

 

Blustery conditions on top of Pike O'Blisco
Blustery conditions on top of Pike O’Blisco

 

The Bad Step on Crinkle Crags
The Bad Step on Crinkle Crags

 

On Crinkle Crags
On Crinkle Crags

We pushed on to Bow Fell, the summit of which we shared with three Herdwick Sheep. The highest on the fells I’ve ever seen sheep before! We continued on towards Esk Pike, but upon reaching the col the lure of afternoon cake and tea got the better of us, so we took the path down towards Angle Tarn and then took up the Cumbrian Way back down into Langdale.

 

Sheep up high on Bow Fell
Sheep up high on Bow Fell

 

The slabs on Bow Fell
The slabs on Bow Fell

 

The view towards Esk Pike
The view towards Esk Pike

 

Absolutely stella walk. When we next visit Langdale we’ll aim to do a full link up from Pavey Ark all the way round to Pike O’Blisco. That’ll be a big day!

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