20th October 2007

Boulders, crags and scree - Bow Fell to Rossett Pike


Walk Overview
Time 09.15 to 15.40
Duration 6 hr 25 min
Distance 8.2 mile
Ascent 3050 ft
Walking with Andrew and Anne Leaney
Old Dungeon Gill - Stool End - The Band - Climbers Traverse - Bow Fell - Ore Gap - Angle Tarn - Rossett Pike - Rossett Gill - 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

Making our way along the lonning to Stool End Farm with Crinkle Crags, The Band and Bow Fell can be seen behind.
Cloud & fog was filling most of the valleys this morning, forcing me to be more than a little cautious when driving through the lakes. But that was quickly clearing to leave behind a beautiful Autumn morning with long shadows, vibrant colours and a notable chill in the air.

And looking in almost the same direction from a little nearer to the farm. The high point on the left is Great Knott, which looks to be the higher of the fells in the picture; which it isn't of course.

Silhouettes across the fields near Stool End Farm.

The unmistakable Langdale Pikes.

Three shadows admiring the flowers at Stool End Farm.

Another picture of the Langdale Pikes. This one was taken behind Stool End Farm, just before we left the path which leads into Oxendale to start our walk up The Band.

As we started to gain height on The band, it soon became evident that the clarity we'd had in the valley was not going to be there for the long distance views, or at lest not until much later in the walk. This photo looking back down into Great Langdale helps to show what I'm talking about.

The higher section of The Band, showing the main path to Three Tarns on the left and the narrower path on the right which was the one we followed to gain access to the Climbers Traverse.

It is quite difficult to see in the photo, but there is actually a path ( The Climbers Traverse ) running across the side of this seemingly inaccessible fellside.

Cloud lifting from Rossett Pike.

Looking across to Bowfell Buttress.

And then, albeit briefly, as we looked back along the narrow ledge we'd walked across, the cloud rising from the valley created an eerie collection of rocky sculptures.

Andrew and Anne dwarfed by the lower section of Cambridge Crag. When we reached the bottom of the crag we turned sharp left to follow a route across the top of the steep diagonal line of rock seen here with the dark green grasses / moss growing on it. This in turn leads to a steep and rocky route which runs between Great Slab and Cambridge Crag.

About half way up the side of Great Slab we finally started to walk in the sunshine again and with the cloud coming up from below we were treated to the rare sighting of a Broken Spectre (bottom left). Admittedly it wasn't the best we've seen, but because of their infrequent appearances it always feels as though you've seen something extra special when you do see one.

Almost at the top of the Great Slab.

Standing on top of the Great Slab and looking down to Cambridge Crag and Bowfell Buttress.

A fine view from Bow Fell towards Scafell Pike, Ill Crag, Great End, Allen Crags and Esk Pike.

A detour across to Bow Fell's north top gave us more spectacular views, like this one of Esk Pike, Great End, Great Gable, Green Gable, Allen Crags and the Grasmoor fells in the far distance.

A close up of Rossett Pike with the Langdales behind.

Rossett Pike looking as though its been twisted out of shape.

The view down Rossett Gill into Mickleden, which incidentally, is as far as it looks.

It's been quite a few years since I'd walked down Rossett Gill into Mickleden and I'd almost forgot just how far it was, but we did eventually make it into the valley, and into the sunshine again. Now all that remained was the long walk back to The Old Dungeon Gill.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks