Go through, and follow the rough track across the field to the sheep pens. Hand and footholds should then leap out at you and a plan can be hatched. The steep and loose zigzag path climbing ahead to Bowfell is an obvious reminder you have reached the end of the crinkles ridge. The only reason should be the weather which can turn quickly and unexpectedly from pleasant spring day back into mid-winter and so catching out the unprepared. It forms part of two major rings of mountains, surrounding the valleys of Great Langdale and Upper Eskdale. See the best of both with this circuit from Great Langdale. A modest walk in distance terms, but one not to be underestimated. The drag gained us over 500 metres in height in less than 2 miles and soon after Great Knott which can easily be mistaken as one of the Crinkle Crags the going got much easier. Normally I’m fine down climbing but it really had me flummoxed. It is here that the intimidated turn back with the mission unaccomplished. Having been up and down several times now, I can say that up is much easier than down. Incident Type. Crinkle Crags is a fell in the English Lake District in the county of Cumbria. They can all be crossed without much difficulty and eventually you will arrive at the wide col of Three Tarns. And there's no need for the climbers amongst you to sit there smirking! google_ad_type = "text_image"; google_color_url = "332200"; Walk 3508 : The Crinkle Crags from Wrynose Pass. No, the only sensible thing is to complete the ridge, or retrace your steps. Wainwrights on this walk: Bowfell (902m), Crinkle Crags (859m), Pike O’Blisco (705m), Cold Pike (701m) Additional summits: Great Knott (696m) Other points of interest: Whorney Side Force, Hell Gill, Climbers Traverse, Bowfell Buttress, Bad Step, Wrynose Fell This is the Bad Step. To avoid the scramble/climb, take the path round to the left. Stagecoach run a bus service through the valley from Ambleside. Similarly a couple of young lads ahead of me had to give up and skirt to the left and down the grassy slope (as in the runners photo). Bad … google_color_link = "332200"; Cross the footbridge, bear right, and in 50m (55 yards) or so bear left on the These are walker's pages! It curves around to summit cairn of the Second Crinkle (also known as Long Top). Photographer : Lou Johnson. The picture on the right shows this rock slab in detail. - Check out Tripadvisor members' 282 candid photos and videos. The path swoops down to a dip before the impressive sight of the second crinkle rises ahead of you. Gt Langdale. The bypass we describe in the the walk instructions is the recommended crinkle. Follow the road along the edge of the fields, and eventually into the farm yard. Helvellyn beyond High Raise. route for walkers. Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Views Wildflowers. Incident Report #32 2011. Park at the National Trust car park beside the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel at the far western end of the B5343. google_ad_client = "pub-5487205786967651"; The name reflects the fell's physical appearance as its summit ridge is a series of five rises and depressions that are very distinctive from the valley floor. If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks: Unless otherwise stated the text in this walk is the copyright of Hug Solutions Ltd trading as The Hug and the photographs are the copyright of Elizabeth Oldham. The Bad Step, Crinkle Crags, Lake District . google_ad_height = 90; At some point in my descent I missed the path that takes in Pike of Blisco. Fellwalking. The Bad Step - "Chicken-hearted walkers, muttering something about discretion being the better part of valour, will sneak away and circumvent the difficulty by following the authors footsteps around the left flank of the buttress" The Alternative route around The Bad Step, Crinkle Crags, for chicken hearted walkers only including myself on many occasions !! 6 team members for 2.5 hours, plus Kendal MRT. Use back button to return to the photo gallery lists. The Bad Step, Crinkle Crags. along and down The Band. google_color_border = "FCE4A4"; I seem to recall it wasn't as bad as the Blencathra Bad Step which I really didn't like. Take a full, unhurried, day at least for the first visit. From the car park return to the road and turn right. Views are a good enough reason to halt for Continue along the track, bear left at the bottom of The Band to drop down to a gate. Even today the path across the crinkles is intermittent at times, little more than crampon scratches and smoothed rock from the passage of boots over rough edges to give the game away. Nelson....the ultimate scrambler!! Bowfell and Crinkle Crags should be high on every fell walker’s list. Superb fell walking on a superb ridge. Smaller versions of these pictures. Other tags: place:Crinkle Crags Showing images tagged with Crinkle Crags tag. Walk Photo 350810. Casper and Dougal loving the sunshine. This walk takes you to the top of the following hills: White Stones - The Band, Shelter Crags North Top, Shelter Crags, Great Knott, Crinkle Crags South Top, Crinkle Crags - Third Crinkle, Crinkle Crags - Long Top, Crinkle Crags - Gunson Knott, and Crinkle Crags - Fourth Crinkle; and includes 1 Wainwright, 8 Birketts, 5 Nuttalls, 3 Hewitts, and 1 HuMP. Samsung Zoom Automatic - 35-70mm lens. Here go through the pedestrian gate on the left hand side of the pens - as directed by more signs. //-->. Incident Type. Search within these images: Looking towards Crinkle Crags from The Band by Graham Robson for square NY2504. Just how difficult is the "Bad Step", especially alone and in the wet? Crinkle Crags by name and nature, a rugged jumble of shattered rocky towers on a ridge set across the head of Oxendale at the far end of the Langdale valley. With Stew carrying a lot of camera gear and me with my old knees we decided to … A note about the Bad Step. It is not a difficult scramble but is very steep (near verticle) and only a couple of metres of any real exposure. In dry conditions this can be more aptly called 'two puddles and a muddy patch'. In 50m (55 yards) as the road turns 90° left, go straight ahead through the gate on to the tarmac driveway to Stool End Farm. Direct approaches are rebuffed by steep rock buttresses and the horrors It is here that the intimidated turn back with the mission unaccomplished. The 2nd and 3rd Crinkles from the 1st and the descent to the Bad Step. Wiggle through the yard, firstly right, then left once in the central yard, following the "footpath" signs to the gate. note that gradients are usually grossly exaggerated. I was on Crinkle Crags yesterday, and I’ve previously only done the bad step once going up (which was no drama). The picture on the right shows this rock slab in detail. There's a good foothold to the left of the facing slab and a reasonable one for the right foot to help on the way up. The Bad Step is a gully that is blocked by a large boulder (or chockstone) – to get around it requires a pull up to the right hand-side. you do note the Bad Step and spot the bypass on the terrace to the left. the footbridge over Oxendale Beck just a little further on. We were now at over 700 metres high and approaching the Crinkle Crags Traverse. Go through onto the rough track.