This Cumbrian crowd pleaser is an oldie, but a goodie. The route visits two A-list Lakeland fells, following Langdale's impressive western skyline from the charismatic biggie Bowfell and along the well named Crinkle Crags - which do exactly what they say on the tin. It's a justifiably popular round, so expect some company.
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Distance: 7.48 miles (12 km)
Total ascent: 1,086m
Steepest Gradient: 46% (1 in 2)
Time: 5:30 hours (Walking)
National Trust car park by the Old dungeon Ghyll Hotel (pay & display), NY285061
Well trodden, stony paths throughout, with some bits and bobs of entirely optional scrambling - most notably the Bad Step on Long Top, a short grade 2 scrambling descent (easily avoidable).
An excellent winter round. In icy conditions some of the steeper inclines will need a little care, and the Bad Step on Long Top is probably best avoided.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Lake District – Met Office: Lake District
Buses from Ambleside to Langdale
The Lakes, Nick Williams, pb. Pocket Mountains http://www.pocketmountains.com/product/t...
OS Explorer OL6 (1:25,000), Harvey/BMC Lake District (1:40,000), OS Landranger 89 (1:50,000)
Elterwater YHA 0870 770 5816
by Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com