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15th July : Two walks from the Langdale valley

posted 27 Jun 2012, 14:44 by jenny rookes
The first walk (see details below) is a low-level walk of 5 miles from the  Dungeon Ghyll along the side of the valley, with just one steep climb to reach Blea Tarn,
where there is a classic view of the Langdale Pikes. There will always be some serious photographers here, cameras on tripods,
waiting for the perfect light. On the return this view will be in front of you all the way back into the valley, making the pull up
worthwhile. There will be  time for a leisurely refreshment stop in the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel before an
easy finish through fields by the beck.

The second walk is a strenuous 7 mile walk from the Old Dungeon Ghyll hotel in the Langdale valley with 2800 ft of ascent .It begins by crossing the valley to Stool End Farm  before rising beyond the brow to begin climbing The Band where a detour to Earing Crag provides the perfect opportunity to gain a full one view of Mickleden and the imminent majesty of Bowfell. After a stony ascent to Three Tarns Hause the ridges and gullies of Bowfell Links dominates the view, as too, across the ridge of Esk Pike do the twin peaks of Scafell and Scafell Pike on either side of Mickledore. The ascent continues, on stony ground reaching the summit of Bowfell by the top of the Flat Crags. At 2963 feet Bowfell has a marvellously comprehensive Lakeland panorama to be enjoyed with a welcome rest and sandwich stop before beginning the descent across Rossett Pike to the top of Stake Pass and a gentle wander down Stake Gill and its waterfalls to the turf  highway along the floor of Mickleden to arrive back at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. 

Access info:

Langdale is best reached from Ambleside; it is well-signposted and there is also a bus service (No 516 with reduced service in
winter). There is a car park on the left as you drive up the valley, but I suggest we park at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel car park ( for which there is a fee of about £6.00 so it makes sense to meet up and share cars.

Please meet up there in time for a 10.30 start. Anyone planning to do the walk needs to bring appropriate footwear (walking boots are essential for the higher level walk); waterproofs and food and drink for the day.

jenny rookes,
27 Jun 2012, 14:44