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Crinkle Crags and Bowfell (Oxendale Horseshoe)
Introduction to Walk 1739

Photo from the walk - Crinkle Crags and Bowfell (Oxendale Horseshoe)

Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District Southern Fells

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 7.8 miles / 12.7 km

Ascent - 3200 feet / 970 metres

Grade - hard

A classic Lake District walk from Great Langdale to the Crinkle Crags and Bowfell following a horseshoe route around rugged Oxendale. The walk offers superb walking and great views and should be completed in fine weather to fully appreciate the scenery. Wainwrights included in this walk are - Bowfell, Crinkle Crags. A GPS File is available for download (see walk description). A route profile is also provided.


 

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Walks from the same start

Walk 1132
The Crinkle Crags from Great Langdale
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km
Walk 1157
Bowfell and Esk Pike from Old Dungeon Ghyll
Grade - hard
Length - 8.8 miles / 14.2 km
Walk 2037
Bowfell & Rosset Pike via the Climber's Traverse
Grade - hard
Length - 7.5 miles / 12.2 km
Walk 2818
Bowfell Circular from Great Langdale
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km

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Great & Little Langdales
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Length - 8.5 miles / 13.8 km
Walk 2042
0.7 miles / 1.1 km away
The Langdale Pikes with an ascent of Jack's Rake
Grade - very hard
Length - 6.3 miles / 10.2 km
Walk 2073
0.7 miles / 1.1 km away
Harrison Stickle, Pike o'Stickle & Rosset Pike
Grade - moderate
Length - 8.3 miles / 13.4 km
Walk 1736
0.7 miles / 1.1 km away
The Langdale Pikes and High Raise
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 6.1 miles / 9.9 km
Walk 1144
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Lingmoor Fell from Blea Tarn, Langdale
Grade - moderate
Length - 8.0 miles / 13 km
Walk 1171
1.3 miles / 2.1 km away
Pike o' Blisco from Blea Tarn, Langdale
Grade - moderate
Length - 5.0 miles / 8.1 km
Walk 2582
1.3 miles / 2.1 km away
Pike o' Stickle, Harrison Stickle & Pavey Ark
Grade - moderate
Length - 6.0 miles / 9.8 km
Walk 3508
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The Crinkle Crags from Wrynose Pass
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 5.0 miles / 8.1 km
Walk 1134
2.5 miles / 4.0 km away
Wetherlam and The Carrs from Little Langdale
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 10.8 miles / 17.5 km
Walk 2270
2.5 miles / 4.0 km away
Tilberthwaite and Holme Fell from Little Langdale
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km

Note : The distances quoted to other walks in the vicinity are measured in a straight line. The distance by road may be further.

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