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Crinkle Crags

Crinkle Crags

Grid Reference: NY 24863 04869
Height: 859 metres/2818 feet

"Crinkle Crags is much too good to be missed."
A Wainwright

The fine ridge of The Crinkle Crags lives up to it's name, a wonderful succession of rocky summits above the Langdale Valley, rising above Red Tarn and continuing to Three Tarns, at the slopes of Bowfell.

The highest of the five summits of The Crinkles is Long Top, the second Crinkle when walking from Red Tarn towards Bowfell, Long Top has the broadest of the summits.

To the south of Long Top is the 'Bad Step' a short and easy scramble up a small rocky face. The Bad Step can be avoided however, an easy path leads to the west of the crag emerging a short walk from the summit cairn.

  1. Towards Bowfell from High Top

    Bowfell & the Crinkles


    Distance: 13km / 8 miles
    Ascent: 1250m / 3800ft
    Duration: 7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 8:1

    A long walk over rough ground along one of the most dramatic skylines in the Lake District

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  2. The Langdale Valley from The Crinkles

    The Langdale Horseshoe


    Distance: 20km / 12 miles
    Ascent: 1800m / 4900ft
    Duration: 9 hours
    Minimum / Maximum Group Ratio: 3:1 / 10:1

    A long walk over rough ground with some of the best views possible of the southern Lake District

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