20th December 2011

Bow Fell, Angle Tarn and Rossett Pass


Walk Overview
Time 09.45 to 14.45
Duration 5 hr
Distance 7.8 mile
Ascent 2900 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Old Dungeon Gill - Stool End Farm - The Band - Three Tarns - Bow Fell - Ore Gap - Angle Tarn - Rossett 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

Although past its best, the snow is still on the higher fells, , , not for much longer though. So, not wanting to let the opportunity pass by, we headed onto Bow Fell today. Conditions were notably warmer than the weekend and despite the rain at the end of the walk we had a great winter walk.

On the way up The Band I took this picture of Oxendale; one of the Lake District's shortest valleys.

Great Langdale, seen from the lower section of The Band.

Bow Fell comes into view.

Bow Fell.
You can see our route going up from the centre of the picture to the left hand side.

A view back shows Pike O'Blisco (the pointed fell).

Heading up to Three Tarns.

That's a better picture of Pike O'Blisco and now you can also see Red Tarn and Wetherlam.

At Three Tarns now and looking across to the Scafells which were slowly but surely being shrouded by cloud.

Crinkle Crags.


Up a bit more, turn right and your nearly at the summit.
It is as steep as it looks by the way, and quite hard work.

On top of Bow Fell and looking across the Lakeland tops. By the look of the other higher fells we were in the best place today and remained out of the cloud for the whole of the walk.
Langstrath is the snowless valley running through the centre of the photo.

Scafell Pike is under the cloud over there.


Allen Crags and Glaramara seen from Ore Gap.
This is the point we'd already decided would our decision making spot. Option 1 was to continue over Esk Pike and down to Esk Hause. Option 2 was to drop straight down to Ore Gap and Angle Tarn. Given that the weather was definitely closing in and we weren't exactly blessed with too many daylight hours to play with, we went for option 2. A wise decision as it turned out.

A partially frozen Angle Tarn.

and again, this time in front of Hanging Knotts.

Angle Tarn and its outflow.
Ore Gap is the low point on the skyline and Esk Pike is up on the right.

Here comes the rain and the cloud.

Mickleden, Great Langdale and Lingmoor Fell seen from the top of Rossett Gill.

This picture captures one of the hazards of walking through rocky terrain when there's snow on the ground. You never know just how deep it's going to be. As Andrew demonstrates, in this case it was waist deep. Easy to get into, but not too easy to get back out of.

This is the illusive packwoman's grave.
The story goes that an elderly woman travelled the fells in the late 1700s selling her 'goods' at farms in different Lakeland valleys. Unfortunately she was caught out in a snow storm and froze to death. I'm not sure of she was actually buried here (I doubt it), but this marks the spot where she was found.

The rain had really set in now.
It looks like the footpath repair folk have been to Ikea for their hut. I bet the delivery guy was over the moon when he saw this job on his schedule.

Footbridge over Stake Gill.


The rain had really set in now and didn't let up all the way back through Mickleden. As I said, missing out Esk Pike was a wise decision after all.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks