Langdale Valley - Bowfell - Crinkle Crags - Red Tarn - Stool End Farm - Langdale Valley

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The beginning of the walk starts as a leisurely stroll from the head of the Langdale Valley, along the tarmacadam access road to Stool End Farm. The walk then takes on a more normal Lakeland pathway with little high gain along the Oxendale Valley to Hell Gill, an impressive gash in the fellside. The route then takes the steep path to the side of Hell Gill, opening out into the natural bowl. The more usual route to Bowfell from The Band to Three Tarns is crossed and a short climb to the pathway / steps leading to the Climbers' Traverse. The pathway levels out at this point with the massif of Bowfell above and to the left and excellent views of the head of Mickleden Valley / Rossett Gill and Stake Pass to the right. At the end of the Miners' Traverse, the walk turns upwards along the edge of Flat Crags (also known as the Great Slab) to the summit of Bowfell.

The descent is past Bowfell Links and on to Three Tarns, before the pathway takes on a series of interesting climbs and descents turning left and right, passing Shelter \ Crags and working through and over the Crinkle Crags to the infamous Bad Step.

The pathway then descends gradually across the moorland to a point just below Red Tarn; next the pathway follows the gill down to the floor of the Oxenden Valley and returns to Langdale via Stool End Farm.   

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North West


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