5th March 2006

The Band to Stake Pass via Bow Fell, Esk Pike and Rossett Pike.


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 16.20
Duration 6 hr 50 min
Distance 10.1 mile
Ascent 3632 ft
Walking with Andrew & Anne Leaney and Peter Burgess
Old Dungeon Gill - The Band - Three Tarns - Bow Fell - Ore Gap - Esk Pike - Esk Hause - Rossett Pike - Stake Pass - Mickleden - Old Dungeon Gill
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

Looking along the road we followed between the Old Dungeon Gill Hotel and Stool End farm. In recent years we just haven't been getting much snow other than that on the high fells themselves, so it made a nice change to actually start a walk with snow at ground level. Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell can be seen at the head of the valley.

A snow covered Great Langdale from the lower section of The Band.

The Langdale Pikes has probably the most recognisable skyline in the Lake District. This picture of them was taken from The Band.

Even further up the Band and looking across to Crinkle Crags.

High Raise on the left with a good covering of snow and the unmistakable shape of the Langdale Pikes.

There was a good covering of snow when we reached Three Tarns and the water was frozen enough to allow Peter to walk straight across the middle. Slight Side, Scafell and Scafell Pike are behind.

On route up to Bow Fell from Three Tarns.

The spectacular rock formation called Great Slab which is found just below Bow Fell summit.

The view to Esk Pike from Bow Fell summit.

Also taken from Bow Fell summit, this time looking in the opposite direction towards the Langdale Pikes and Great Langdale.

The route down from Bow Fell.
Notice just how little snow there is on the more Western and Northern areas.


Ore Gap and Esk Pike.

Esk Pike summit.

Peter standing on Esk Pike's rocky summit with the Scafells behind.

From Esk Pike summit looking to the Northern fells in the distance. Derwent Water can be seen in front of the Skiddaw fells.

A rare picture of me on the website, following Anne Leaney through one of the snow drifts on the descent from Esk Pike.
Photo taken by Andrew Leaney.

Great Gable and Green Gable seen from Esk Hause.
By the time we got as far as Esk Hause the cloud was starting to build out to the west and you wouldn't think it was the same day as when we set out on the walk.

Zooming across to some ice climbers on Hanging Knotts.
From a distance the area of ice doesn't really look very big, but once you zoom in and see the people at the base of the ice the true scale becomes evident.

Mickleden and Great Langdale from Rossett Pike.

The long walk ahead of us through Mickleden.

Looking back along the valley of Mickleden with the pointed summit of Rossett Pike on the left of the picture.

Looking across the valley to Side Pike. The road between Great Langdale and Little Langdale twists its way up from this valley and through the lowest point on the skyline.

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Lake District Walks