10th August 2013

Bow Fell to Rossett Pike


Walk Overview
Time 9am to 4:15pm
Duration 7 hr 15 min
Distance 9 mile
Ascent 3100 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Neil Haselwood
Old Dungeon Gill - Stool End Farm - The Band - Three Tarns - Bow Fell - Ore Gap - Pike De Bield - Ore Gap - Angle Tarn - Rossett Pike - 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


A stones throw from the start of the walk is Middle Fell Farm. Passed by thousands of people every year on their way to and from the fells in this area. Up there on the centre skyline is Bow Fell.

Ahead of us are two bands. One is 'The Band' the fell behind Stool End Farm and the other is a band of rain; the first of a few that passed over during the walk.

Stool End Farm / yard.

Great Langdale opens up behind us.

Looking across to the unmistakable skyline of the Langdale Pikes.

On T'other side of The Band is Pike O'Blisco.

You have two choices here, one is to take the path off to the right (you can just and so make it out over there). This will lead you across the Climbers Traverse route to the bottom of the Great Slab. The other option is to continue on this path up to the low point on the skyline (left). We took the latter route today which takes you to Three Tarns and then to Bow Fell via the top of the Great Slab.

Looking back down The Band. If you look carefully you'll see a couple of groups of people, all of which left The Band and headed for the Climber Traverse. We'll see them later, , , from above.

We're almost at Three Tarns now and over there is Crinkle Crags (or should that be 'are' Crinkle Crags). Anyway: whatever your views on grammar, this are where we is.

A slight close up picture of Green Crag, the Whit Fell fells and Black Combe. Devoke Water and Woodend are also in view.

Crinkle Crags seen behind Three Tarns.

I couldn't help but notice the interesting rock patterns on the way up Bow Fell.

The Great Slab and the group of people I mentioned earlier. Not sure if I'd be entirely comfortable walking up there in a pair of trainers like this guy, particularly after it had been raining.

Now for a sideways view of the Great Slab.

Bow Fell summit.

and again, this time in front of both Scafells, Ill Crag and in the distance on the right, you can see Pillar.

Leaving Bow Fell, we headed for Ore Gap where we'd head a short way up Esk Pike before turning off to the left to reach, , , ,

, , , the French sounding Pike de Bield.

We'd commented earlier that we couldn't have been far below the cloud base and almost in the blink of an eye, it dropped a little bit to take away the top most section of many of the surrounding fells.

Pike de Bield summit in front of Scafell (minus the top), Scafell Pike (minus the top) and Ill Crag (almost minus the top).

Turning around you see Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags, , , , yes you've guessed it (minus the top).

Looking down to Great Moss in Upper Eskdale.

Jennifer heads back across to Ore Gap. "which way do you want me to go". "I'm not bothered, just try not to loose or gain too much height".

Walking above Angle Tarn and looking across to Rossett Pike, up on the left.

That's Jennifer crossing Angle Tarn's outflow. The more observant among you will notice she's wearing a pair of gloves, yes that's right, gloves in August. It was quite cold on the walk across to Pike de Bield. Actually, it wasn't a pair of gloves at all, it was the left hand glove from two different pairs. 1 out of 10 for paying attention. Never mind, I'll turn one of them inside out and that'll make a proper pair; albeit of two different colours.

Angle Tarn and Esk Pike.

A little way above Angle Tarn we left the main path to head up to Rossett Pike. Turning around, we see Esk Pike, Great End and Allen Crags. That bird above Esk Pike must be big for it to show up like this.

Looking down to Langstrath.

Rossett Pike summit and the Langdales.

A close up of the Great Slab. As I said earlier, I would like to walk up the slab wearing a pair of trainers.

Now we're ready to head down Rossett Pass to get to Mickleden.

Further down the route and the view opens up to show the Langdales, Mickleden and Lingmoor Fell.

A view back up shows the steepness of the route. Last time I walked up here I left the path and headed straight up the gill you see on the right of the picture.


Just about to cross the bridge found at the bottom of Stake Pass and Rossett Pass.

Mickleden is always described as being a long walk. Well, the truth is, it isn't really. It's only about two mile from the bridge to the Old Dungeon Gill Hotel. Although, if you're walking in the same direction as we are today, it's generally done after an already long and (or) hard walk. So, it usually feels much further than the two miles it actually is.

I'm somewhere around the border line between Mickleden and Great Langdale here. On the opposite side of the valley is Pike O'Blisco.

Looking across to Side Pike.

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