27th February 2010

Snowy Bow Fell and Esk Pike


Walk Overview
Time 09.40 to 15.40
Duration 6 hr
Distance 7.5 mile
Ascent 3200 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Old Dungeon Gill Hotel - Stool End - The Band - Three Tarns - Bow Fell - Ore Gap - Esk Pike - Esk Hause - Angle Tarn - Rossett Pass - Mickleden - Old Dungeon Gill 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

Well, this certainly wasn't forecasted. We had expected all the fell tops to be shrouded in cloud. On this occasion however, we were more than thankful that the forecasters got it wrong (again).
After taking this picture we headed to Stool End Farm and then onto The Band; the fell in the centre of the picture without any snow at the bottom.

Looking across to the opposite side of the valley you have the unmistakable skyline of the Langdale Pikes.

"Come on Andrew, take the daft costume off or it'll take us forever to walk up The Band".

The view down to Great Langdale from The Band.

Another picture of the Langdales, this one taken from The Band.

Up in the snow now, where it was far from cold, far from slippery and certainly far from busy. Yet again this winter we'd been treated to perfect walking conditions.


It just gets better & better and deeper & deeper.

Looking back down The Band.

Crinkle Crags, taken from the area around Three Tarns; although the tarns themselves were completely covered with snow.

Steeply does it now as we head up from Three Tarns.

With this much snow on the ground you really need to be careful where you walk. You simply can't tell how deep it's going to be, and as nice as it would have been to walk across to this vantage point, common sense told me not even to try.

Crinkle Crags resembled something out of the Arctic today rather than fells in the Lake District.

The higher we walked the deeper the snow became. This makes the going much slower than normal and much more tiring.

Bow Fell summit comes into view.

Standing at the summit and looking across to Esk Pike (centre).
Notice the cloud building up in the distance.

Still at the summit, this time with a view across to the scafells.

Although we may have headed across to Ore Gap by an unconventional route, it was still easier to hijack someone else's footprints then blaze your own trail through the snow.

Looking back across the wintry scene between ourselves and Bow Fell.

Heading down to Esk Hause.

Great End, Great Gable and Green Gable.

The wonderfully secluded valley of Langstrath taken from our route down to Angle Tarn.

The pointed top of Rossett Pike and in the distance the Langdales.

Walking down the steeper section of the path near Rossett Gill was the only part of the walk when we 'chose' to use crampons. I've no doubt we could have got away without them, but it's nice not having to worry about slipping.

A view down to Mickleden and the Langdale Pikes.

Walking through Mickleden, which always feels much longer than it should.

Back at the car park where we were greeted by this very tame Robin.

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Lake District Walks