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Coniston to Cold Pike then Langdale to Allen Crags and Esk Pike

4th-5th June 2022

4th - Coniston - Coppermines valley - Levers Water - Prison Band - Swirl How - Great Carrs - Wet Side Edge - Three Shire Stone - Red Tarn - Cold Pike ( About 7 miles 3600ft ascent )

5th ( part one ) - Cold Pike - Browney Gill - Oxendale - Old Dungeon Ghyll ( About 3 miles all down hill )

5th ( part two ) Old Dungeon Ghyll- Mickleden - Rossett Gill - Angle Tarn - Esk Hause - Allen Crags - Esk Hause - Esk Pike - Ore Gap - Angle tarn - Rossett Gill - Mickleden - Old Dungeon Gyll ( About 9.5 miles 3200ft ascent )

Train and bus to Coniston for me this week and then a walk down to Langdale to meet Sue and walk the route which we abandoned a few weeks ago


Again the weather was very warm in the sunshine but with a cool breeze blowing especially at height. After arriving in Coniston I left the village on the track heading for the Coppermines Valley passing some nice pools and falls in Church Beck on the way.

Coppermines valley. I'm heading up past the youth hostel ( the white building ) then climbing up to Levers Water.

After a bit of climbing I arrive at the lovely Leverswater.


Looking back to Leverswater from the path heading up to Swirl Hawse and then Prison Band.

Climbing Prison Band with Greenburn down below and the Helvellyn/Fairfield fells on the horizon.


Panning over to the left reveals the Langdale Pikes with Stickle tarn nestled beneath Pavey Ark.


Quite a breeze ( and not a very warm breeze ) blowing as I top out at Swirl How. Brim Fell and Coniston Old man to the left with Dow Crag to the right.


The Scafell group ahead seen from the walk around to Great Carrs.


Grey Friar and the Halifax bomber memorial.

I'm making my way down Wet Side Edge towards the top of of Wrynose Pass getting a nice view along Wrynose Bottom to Harter Fell and Hard Knott.

From The pass I climb back up the fell and before long I'm at Red Tarn with Great Knott, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell all in a line..

Looking back to the way I had come. Prison Band is rising left to right to meet Swirl How and Wet Side Edge is coming down right to left from Great Carrs.

I had no fixed plan of where to camp, I did consider Little Stand but was conscious of the walk back to Langdale in the morning. I then remembered this tarn just to the north west of the west top of Cold Pike that I'd seen when looking down from Little Stand so went to have a look and although the ground was a bit marshy around the tarn itself there were a couple of dry spots so pitched up for the night.

Pitched up now in the warm afternoon sunshine. The small tor behind the tarn does have a couple of nice flat grassy ledges so I may return to have a night on one of them.

Grey Friar across the valley.

The view down to my pitch from the tor.

Later in the evening Grey Friar turns red.

And was visited by some interesting " spaceship" clouds. ( Probably not the correct name ).

The sun disappearing behind Stonesty Pike.

After a quiet night the morning broke cool and a bit overcast. Looking back as I left there is a view to Caw and Stickle Pike in Dunnerdale. The Prow of White Pike is just visible behind Grey Friar.

I made my way across to the "motorway" path from the Crinkles and started the steep descent down by Browney Gill. This is the waterfall just by the path.

The lower reaches of the path down to the side valley of Oxendale.

Bowfell with Hell Gill and Whorneyside Force below from the path.

After meeting Sue at the Old Dungeon Ghyll we set off along Mickleden. We are heading up to the low point of the Rossett Pass.

Looking down from the Rossett Gill path Mickleden looks to be a virtual twin of Oxendale.

Eventually we reach Angle Tarn. The air has become very close now and walking was quite uncomfortable.

Thankfully a brief summer shower cooled the air so the climb away from the tarn to Esk Hause and up to Allen Crags was a lot nicer. This is Great End, Sprinkling Tarn and the Gables from Allen Crags.


Looking along the ridge to Glaramara and in the distance Derwent Water and Skiddaw.

From Allen Crags we went down then up again to climb Esk Pike. This sheep had been in sight on this little outcrop all the way from Allen Crags and stayed there as we passed. It must really like the view of Ill Crag.

Allen Crags and Glaramara with the Langstrath valley curving away back around to Borrowdale

In the other direction is the lovely Pike de Bield ridge.

And not forgetting the Great Moss.

Dropping down to Ore gap now from where we retraced our steps to the Old Dungeon Ghyll.

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