BB0931 : A Bit of an Adventure

Thursday 1st October 2009

Are you up for a bit of an adventure?

When Bryan says things like that, whatever your heart says, your head begins to worry.

It all started because there were just the two of us today.  I checked the Wainwright list and found there was one peak that Stan had done but I had not- Allen Crags- so I put a route together that enabled me to tick it off without involving any other tops that we needed, such as Glaramara.  The plan was first to go up the Crinkles via the Red Tarn path, then over Bowfell to Esk Pike and finish with a quick up and down of Allen Crags before the long trail back to the car.

Bryan thought that too predictable, too touristy, too boring.  He had in mind a different way onto the Crinkles.  One that he had never tried but was sure would “go”- a more or less direct ascent from Hell Gill.

“NOOOOWAY” I screamed inwardly whilst meekly saying “O.K.”

The day could not be bettered for the time of year but the road to Langdale was still corrupted by the roadworks that seem to have been going on all year.  The convoy quad bike is still in operation.  How long does it take to lay a new pipeline?

The convoy quad bike

The adventure started a little sooner than expected.

We parked my silver car in the Old Dungeon Ghyll National Trust car park, opened the hatch back and stood at the rear of the car putting on boots.  Shortly afterwards another silver car parked alongside and the occupants did likewise.  I didn’t see what happened next as I was focused on tying my laces but was vaguely aware of some banging and screaming in broad Australian.  A reversing campervan was attempting to crush a lady to her rear bumper.  By the time I looked up, she had wriggled out of the way but the car kept on coming.  The campervan driver finally realised that something was amiss when he was about an inch short of collision.  He climbed out, discovered how he had just missed being indicted for manslaughter and was profusely apologetic.  He explained that he had our car in his mirror, thought we were the silver car that was last in the line and was reversing into the gap beside us, oblivious to the fact that there was another car already in the gap and a lady filling the space between his and her vehicles.  The reaction of her man proves that, contrary to what some might think, Australian men can be understanding and forgiving

Crinkle Crags and Bowfell

Crisis over, we set off past Middle Fell Farm with its pot plants and up Oxendale but rather than take the Red Tarn route we carried on to Hell Gill and into the Green Hole area.  

We had a bit of a navigational problem as the streams shown by the Ordnance Survey didn’t correspond with what was on the ground.

However, the Harveys map proved more accurate and enabled us to find a way round High Bleaberry Knott and the craggy buttresses on to the top of the Crinkle Crag ridge.

Middle Fell Farm

Looking back down Langdale

It proved to be a steep climb on mostly grassy ground and perhaps less of an adventure than Bryan might have liked, but certainly a way that few people had attempted, judging by the lack of evidence of footsteps.

Hell Gill berowaned

Don struggling up the climb

On the Crinkles, it was a different matter.  It was a busy day up there and into whom should we bump at Shelter Crags but our Australian friends, she still somewhat shaken by the experience.

Scafell, Scafell Pike and Bowfell

Scafell and Scafell Pike


After the climb up the Crinkles, the ascent of Bowfell was straightforward- follow the well trodden and not too demanding path.  

Bryan at the top fo the Great Slab on Bowfell

Langdale to Windermere and beyond

We took lunch up there, with fine views all round but particularly of the Scafells.

Comitibus: Bowfell (Scafell behind)


Even easier was the drop to Ore Gap and ascent of Esk Pike from whence we dropped down to Esk Hause.  Here Bryan pointed out the real and false Esk Hauses- the latter having a cross shelter that is often wrongly thought to be the real Esk Hause with disastrous navigational consequences in mist.

The false Esk Hause shelter

Great and Green Gable

Scafell Pike looked temptingly close and easy but it was not on today’s agenda.

A temptingly close Scafell Pike (left)

Instead we performed the quick up and down of Allen Crags and then set off on the four mile descent back to the car.  

Allen Crags panorama from Esk Hause

Angle Tarn was quiet today- no naked Grahams as on BB0407.

Bowfell and Esk Pike from Allen Crags.

A quiet Angle Tarn

The rock steps were hard on the feet but apart from a short coffee stop below Rossett Pike, we covered the ground at commendable pace, although not quite as fast as the 4 mph that the nutters that manage the Post Office think that postmen should achieve whilst delivering their rounds.

Langdales from the coffee stop

Dungeon Ghyll washing

At the back of the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel was a house with some washing so a photo was duly taken for Margaret although she will no doubt recognise the location and, maybe, compare the actual garments with those in CW04!

As we stood at the back of the car, hatch raised, who should arrive but our Australian friends once again.  I think we had all had a bit of an adventure but, in her case, not one that she would want to repeat!

Don, 1st October 2009


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Thursday 1st October 2009


10.2 miles

Height climbed:

3,756 feet


Crinkle Crags, Bowfell, Esk Pike, Allen Crags


Bryan, Don



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2009 Outings

  • BB0901 : A Gordon Day Out
    Thursday 8th January
  • BB0902 : Thank You,
    Aunty Ethel!
    Wednesday 14th January 
  • BB0903 : A Wicked Hike???
    Wednesday 21st January
  • BB0904 : Take a Mug With You
    Sunday 25th January
  • BB0905 : Down in the Forest
    Thursday 29th January
  • BB0906 : Not How But Where?
    Thursday 5th February
  • BB0907 : Binsey Can Wait
    (but Uncle Monty Can Not)
    Thursday 12th February
  • BB0908 : Badgers on the Line
    Thursday 5th March
  • BB0909 : It's not a W!
    Thursday 12th March
  • BB0910 : Up on the Roof
    Thursday 26th March
  • BB0911 : Not the Blisco Dashers
    Thursday 2nd April
  • BB0912 : John's Comeback
    Monday 6th April
  • BB0913 : Two Churches, a Pulpit and a Cherry Picker
    Thursday, 23rd April
  • BB0914 : Companions of the BOOT
    Thursday 30th April
  • BB0915 : The Gale Force Choice
    Thursday 7th May
  • BB0916 : The Comeback Continues
    Thursday 21st May
  • BB0917 : BOOTboys Encore !
    28th May - 2nd June
  • BB0918 : Hello Dollywagon
    Thursday 11th June
  • BB0919 : Has Anyone Seen Lily?
    Thursday 18th June
  • BB0920 : Ancient Feet on the Greenburn Horseshoe
    Thursday 25th June
  • BB0921 : The Tebay Fell Race Walk
    Thursday 2nd July
  • BB0922 : For England and St George 
    Thursday 9th July
  • BB0923 : The Coniston Outliers
    Friday 31st July
  • BB0924 : Little To Be Said In Favour?
    Thursday 6th August
  • BB0925 : The Third Night of the Rescue 
    Thursday 13th August
  • BB0926 : Long Wet Windy Monty Bothy Fun?
    Thursday 20th August
  • BB0927 : Dear Mrs Scroggins
    Friday 11th September
  • BB0928 : An Ard Day's Hike
    Thursday 17th September
  • BB0929 : A Canter of Convalescents?
    Thursday 24th September
  • BB0930 : BOOTboys International Autumnal Expedition
    Wednesday 23rd to
    Sunday 27th September
  • BB0931 : A Bit of an Adventure
    Thursday 1st October
  • BB0932 : Paths of Glory?
    Thursday 8th October
  • BB0933 : When Yorkshire Was Welsh
    Wednesday 14th October
  • BB0934 : Unlocking the Whinlatters
    Thursday 22nd October
  • BB0935 : A Tale of Crinkley Bottoms
    hursday 5th November
  • BB0936 : Aye Up What?
    hursday 12th November
  • BB0937 : Where Eagles Wade
    Tuesday 17th November
  • BB0938 : After the Floods
    Thursday 26th November
  • BB0939 : The Mystery of the Missing Glove
    Thursday 10th December
  • BB0940 : A Too Short Walk
    Thursday 17th December
  • BB0941 : One Hundred and Onesfell
    Tuesday 29th December



  • BH0901 : Back to the Beginning 
    Thursday 13th August
  • BSKIB09 : BOOTskiboys in Saalbach
    14th - 21st March
  • BB09XX : Los Chicos y las Chicas de la Bota
    11th - 14th May
  • BB09Bav01 : Peaked Too Soon
    1st September



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