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Bowfell via Esk Hause

Wainwrights: Bowfell, Esk Pike
Hewitts: Bowfell, Esk Pike

Date walked: 27/12/2017

A post-Christmas walk in perfect snowy conditions!

We parked at the Old Dungeon Ghyll (free for National Trust members). Our original plan was Scafell Pike, so we got an early start. As we ascended the slopes of Rossett Gill, the early morning walk-in along Mickleden had its reward - a view back of the morning light on the Langdale Pikes.

ImageIMG_1084 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

We then plodded up the last few steps of Rossett Gill over the watershed. I was surprised to see no ice on Angle Tarn. In the distance, Great End peeped out through the clouds.

ImageIMG_1113 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

On the shores of Angle Tarn.

ImageIMG_1129 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

ImageIMG_1137 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Looking onwards towards Esk Hause and Great End. The snow on this section of the walk slightly slowed our progress, so the (ambitious) plan to reach Scafell Pike was abandoned. We prefer a relaxing scenic walk, not a route-march - and I knew that, in these snow conditions, the boulder fields from the top of Calf Cove to the summit of the Pike would be very time-consuming.

ImageIMG_1158 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

On the bulge of Tongue Head there were some nice small ponds alongside the path. This is the view from one of them across to Clough Head and the Dodds.

ImageIMG_1163 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Looking back from another pond towards Bowfell.

ImageIMG_1167 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

The view down into Langstrath.

ImageIMG_1172 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Looking ahead from near Esk Hause towards Pillar and Kirkfell, between the craggy slopes of Great End and Great Gable.

ImageIMG_1174 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

The Esk Hause wall shelter. As Wainwright points out, the shelter is not at the true Esk Hause, which is the head of Eskdale. Rather, it is located in the shallow dip between Esk Hause and Allen Crags.

ImageIMG_1180 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Clouds on Great and Green Gables.

ImageIMG_1185 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Skiddaw, Keswick and Derwentwater from Esk Hause.

ImageIMG_1187 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

A wider view.

ImageIMG_1188 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Walkers descending towards Borrowdale.

ImageIMG_1190 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Looking south from Esk Hause towards Duddon Sands and the sea.

ImageIMG_1191 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

We started to walk up the northern ridge of Esk Pike, from where we had a view of the north-western fells.

ImageIMG_1203 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

From a little higher, we had our first view down into upper Eskdale. This Eskdale side of the Scafell range is, I think, one of the grandest places in the Lake District but is little-known compared to many areas.

ImageIMG_1229 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

The view from the summit of Esk Pike of the Dodds, Helvellyn and Fairfield ranges. The highest summits of the High Street group can also be seen on the right-hand skyline.

ImageIMG_1241 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Scafell Pike and Ill Crag from the top of Esk Pike. Scafell Pike's huge summit cairn can be seen.

ImageIMG_1251 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

The view in the opposite direction from the same spot - the Langdale Pikes, and the Howgills in the distance.

ImageIMG_1254 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Ripples in the snow near the top of Esk Pike, with Harter Fell and Black Combe in the distance.

ImageIMG_1256 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Looking across Ore Gap to Bowfell, Crinkle Crags, Grey Friar and Dow Crag.

ImageIMG_1260 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Great Dodd, Ullscarf and Langstrath. The prominent ridge in Langstrath is Eagle Crag and Sergeant's Crag. On the slopes below Sergeant's Crag there is a curious cluster of spots which must, I guess, be sheep (can be seen by clicking on the Flickr image).

ImageIMG_1267 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Looking south from Ore Gap.

ImageIMG_1272 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Stickle Pike, Harter Fell, Green Grag and Black Combe from Ore Gap.

ImageIMG_1280 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

The north-eastern fells and the top of Bowfell Buttress.

ImageIMG_1289 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

We could see dramatic clouds gusting around the Scafells, which made us quite glad we hadn't gone there - we might have had no summit views! Below the tall cloud, the vertical face of Scafell Crag and the dip of Mickledore can just be seen.

ImageIMG_1294 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

The last few steps to the summit of Bowfell.

ImageIMG_1292 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Bowfell summit.

ImageIMG_1298 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

The view south from the summit to Eskdale, Black Combe, Devoke Water and the sea.

ImageIMG_1315 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

The clouds cleared a little from the Scafell range.

ImageIMG_1340 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

We set off downhill - target was the Hikers' Bar in the Old Dungeon Ghyll! We had a final view of the sunlit Langdale Pikes, the lines of their volcanic strata from the Scafell Caldera paralleled by the Flat Crags slabs. The extraordinary geology of this area is well described at http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/pdf/GCRDB/GCRsiteaccount9018.pdf .

ImageIMG_1346 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

The last light of the day on Blencathra.

ImageIMG_1350 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr


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Ideal day out: A autumn or spring walk starting in woodland, going into the hills to find unexpected places, hidden corries and lochans, maybe a spot of scrambling, a sighting of some wildlife, some snow on the tops and a view over the Hebrides, and finishing with pint or more...
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