Esk Pike, Bowfel, and Crinkle Crags Circular

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Esk Pike, Bowfel, and Crinkle Crags Circular is a 15.3 kilometer loop trail located near Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria, England that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 15.3 km Elevation Gain: 987 m Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching


no shade

Starting from Cockley Beck area and traversing the length of Mosedale gives the legs time to warm up before the climb to Esk Pike.The ascent of Esk Pike via the south ridge is easy and mainly on grass but with very little on the ground in the way of tracks to follow. It is worthwhile to deviate from a direct line to visit the cairn on High Gate Crags to take in the splendid scenery of The Scafells, Esk Buttress and Pen, Little Narrow Cove and Ill Crag. Rock seen at its best. The rocky summit of  Pike de Bield  gives a good vantage point for upper Eskdale. Besides the cairn on Charnley Crag is a plaque to Gerry Charnley who died in a tragic accident on Helvellyn in 1982 aged 53. The route to Bowfell via Ore Gap is an easy high level traverse without too much loss of height. After Bowfell is a steep descent to Three Tarns. The rocky route over Crinckle Crags makes up for the abundance of grass on other sections of the walk !! The 'Bad Step' can be avoided if necessary. The final section to Little Stand is a delight as you again loose the crowds. The descent from here is trackless and steep.

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