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Crinkle Crags



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Height: 859m (2,818ft) GPS: NY 24863 04869 Walking Routes

Crinkle Crags is a fell in the English Lake District and forms part of two major rings of mountains, surrounding the valleys of Great Langdale and Upper Eskdale. The name reflects the fell's physical appearance as its summit ridge is a series of five rises and depressions (crinkles) that are very distinctive from the valley floor. In Old English, cringol means twisted or wrinkled

The ridge of Crinkle Crags extends due south from its higher neighbour, Bowfell and between the two is the col of Three Tarns, named for the small pools in the depression. Depending upon recent rainfall there may be anything from two to five tarns in evidence on the ground. From here the rocky outcropping of Shelter Crags is quickly reached.

Beyond the summit to the south the ridge descends over Stonesty Pike and Little Stand to the Duddon Valley at Cockley Beck. Two further ridges branch out from Crinkle Crags on either side of the summit, before turning south to run parallel to Little Stand.

On the west, across the marshy trench of Moasdale is Hard Knott and to the east an initially indistinct ridge firms up on the traverse to Cold Pike. Between Cold Pike and Crinkle Crags, but generally included as part of the latter is Great Knott.

There are a variety of routes directly to the summit: most people climb the fell from Great Langdale and usually together with all or some of the adjoining fells of Bowfell, Pike of Blisco, Rossett Pike and Cold Pike to make a high level ridge walk which encompasses the whole of the high ground at the head of Great Langdale.

The traverse of the summit ridge with its series of undulations is an exhilarating experience for the fell walker. The ridge includes the so-called "Bad Step", a steep
downward slope which catches out many walkers when travelling from north to south; however, the obstacle can be by-passed without too much trouble.

The view from the summit is very good: there are airy views of Great Langdale, Eskdale and Dunnerdale, with the estuaries of the rivers Duddon and Esk
to be seen as they enter the Irish Sea.

There is a very good view of England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, which lies just four kilometres away to the north west and Shelter Crags gives extensive all-round views.

Walking routes near Crinkle Crags


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