(Almost) lost in Langdale

Langdale is one of those valleys that never fails to impose a sense of awe. Perhaps it’s the winding drive in that builds anticipation, perhaps it’s the combination of Langdale Pikes, Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell, perhaps it’s the wonderful sticky toffee pudding at the pub, who knows; all a wonderful combination.

My route for this walk was to take in the Pike of Blisco, Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell. The forecast was for clear conditions, some blue sky with cloud interest. It started well, with sun skimming the tops of the fells adding warmth to the coldness, but as I increased in altitude the cloud came down to meet me, the snow blew in and a white-out engulfed me.

White-outs are no fun, I can speak from personal experience on that one! Being mid-way round the Crinkles there was no obvious escape route so I had to pick my steps with care, compass in one hand, GPS in the other, taking no chances and hoping that my next step wouldn’t land me in a 1m snow drift! I aborted before Bow Fell, the cloud finally parting again part way down The Band revealing a spectacular view down the valley. But… before all that, I was treated to a haunting moon-rise at dawn broke on the way to Langdale, simply beautiful.

Moon rise

Sun on Skiddaw

Cloud moves in over Old Man

Footprints

Langdale beyond The Band

Montage

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