Walk 3508 - printer friendly version
The Crinkle Crags from Wrynose Pass Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 5.0 miles / 8.1 km
Ascent - 1700 feet / 515 metres
Grade - easy/mod
Start - OS grid reference NY277027
Lat 54.414586 + Long -3.1155786
Postcode LA22 9PE (approx. location only)
This Lake District walk starts from the Three Shires Stone (grid ref. NY277027) at the top of the Wrynose Pass. The Stone is a replacement for the original, which was damaged when someone reversed their car into it and broke it in two. By using this starting point you are already at 393 metres above sea level and s significant amount of ascent has been avoided. On the negative side the approach is probably less dramatic but it does mean the Crinkle Crags can be completed in a half day walk.
Parking at the Three Shires Stone can be hard to find on busy days so and early or late start is recommended. After parking locate the clear path heading almost due north from the road across undulating fellside. There have been recent improvements to the path and initial progress is relatively fast. Ahead the slopes of Pike of Blisco rise on your right with Cold Pike to your left. The path starts to descend and you arrive at Red Tarn (grid ref. NY266039) with the adjacent junction of paths making it a busy place.
Turn left on the main path. This leads without any navigational difficulties to the Crinkle Crags. As you climb the scenery improves but the initial climb away from red Tarn is rather dull. Once past the subsidiary top of Great Knott on your right, you get a much greater feel for the superb rugged mountain terrain you are crossing.
Reaching the first "crinkle" follow the clear path. All together you have five "crinkles" to conquer of which the second offers the greatest challenge with an awkward scramble or bad step to be overcome. If scrambling skills are insufficient then there is an easy way round the obstacle to the left. Once on the summit of the first crinkle you will realise the amount of ascent involved in covering all five min-summits. Note that the second "crinkle" is the highest.
Once you have had a thorough exploration of all the summits it is time to return to the Three Shires Stone. You can either return the way you came over the tops or alternatively take the avoiding path on the western flank of the summits. If you are feeling energetic then you can include a diversion over Cold Pike by leaving the main path around grid ref. NY256041 and making a beeline for the summit. Descent from Cold Pike to Wrynose needs a little care mainly to avoid the extensive areas of wet ground. If you do intend to visit Cold Pike then it is worth weighing up the potential descent routes as you make your way up to Red Tarn.