Crinkle Crags

This is a walk full of the best in dramatic Lakeland scenery, especially the views it affords to the east of Langdale and its other pikes and of the Scafell range to the west.
Having ascended several times previously by either The Band or via Red Tarn, I decided on this occasion to go directly up Oxendale via Hell Gill. Hell Gill in fact turned out to be the very opposite of what its name suggests: it consists of a series of delightful small waterfalls and rock-pools, often surrounded by rowanberry trees (carrying a full crop of bright red berries), with Whorneyside Force and the entrance to the upper part of the gill forming the centerpieces of the chain – if this is a picture of hell, then bring it on! The path eventually emerged at Three Tarns, near the main route from The Band.
From here the walk consisted of a series of spectacular views glimpsed from the succession of ups and downs that comprise the rocky summits of the five main Crinkles, with those from one or two of their northern and southern ‘outriders’ thrown in for good measure. However, I eschewed the ‘Bad Step’ on this occasion, out of consideration for Sooty (well, that’s my excuse!).
Descent was by the path down to near Red Tarn, and then from there via Browney Gill to Oxendale once again. As the photos show, the weather and lighting was ideal for a walk that is always full of spectacular sights, and was therefore especially so on this occasion!
Highest point: Crinkle Crags (860 m/ 2822 ft.). Distance: 11.6 km/7.2 miles. Ascent: 860 m/2822 ft.
For further details of this walk, see the following:
Richards, M. Lakeland Fellranger series - The Mid-Western Fells (2009). Cicerone.
Wainwright, A. A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, Book 4: The Southern Fells (1960). Westmorland Gazette/Frances Lincoln.
Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps OL6 (1: 25 000) The Lake District: SW Area [or equivalent].

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