Esk Pike and Bow Fell from Great Langdale.

Start. Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.

Route. Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel - Mickleden - Rossett Gill - Angle Tarn - Tongue Head - Shelter - Esk Hause - Esk Pike - Ore Gap - Bow Fell - Great Slab - Three Tarns - Buscoe - Hell Gill - Whorneyside Force - Oxendale - Stool End - Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.

Notes. Come take a walk with me to one of the lesser frequented summits in Lakeland, Esk Pike. Guarding the head of Eskdale it's central position makes for an excellent aspect, staggering views over the Great Moss to the rock architecture of the Scafell massif, to the north vistas over Glaramara including Borrowdale and Derwent Water as far as Skiddaw, the hidden valley of Langstrath, no hiding place up here. It's a rocky top we'll be teetering but it's worth it for the grand panorama. Our return will be made over ever popular Bow Fell, descending to Three Tarns before traversing a little used path through Buscoe. There's some delights yet to come, we'll marvel at the deep cut ravine of Hell Gill and the 35ft cascade of Whorneyside Force. Fancy it, come one, drag your boots on it's a super day.

I left Great Langdale via the path running behind the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, almost immediately wandering into Mickleden, in the shadow of the Langdale Pikes I strolled, Mickleden Beck guiding me to it's confluence with Rossett Gill. My ascent started here, a lonely sheep fold guards a path junction, I turned left to start the ascent of Rossett Gill. If you wish it's possible to ascend the beck bottom, I have many times but today I opted for the pitch path. I stopped many times on this ascent, lift the eye from the toe of the boot and you'll notice you're ascending into a world of cliff and gully, superb mountain scenery, the path avoids all the steep stuff depositing you at Angle Tarn, a good place to rest and drink in the atmosphere. Once I'd had my fill I ascended to the Shelter below Esk Hause, turned left, then climbed to Esk Hause itself, the highest pass in the Lake District with views to match it's stature. From Esk Hause it's a short stoney ascent to the summit of Esk Pike and those very special vistas.

I hung around on Esk Pike just absorbing the wonderful panorama, eventually descending to Ore Gap, here I joined a cairned path heading for the summit of Bow Fell, this is another great vantage point, for a while I had the top and views to myself, the crowds arrived and I left. After descending passed the Great Slab to the coll at Three Tarns I continued my descent through Buscoe. A loose path guided me onto a wonderful green trod above the banks of Buscoe Sike, above Hell Gill with dizzy views into the rock and water filled ravine, then down the foot of Whorneyside Force. I continued down hill into Oxendale one of two valleys at the head of Great Langdale, the other being Mickleden our guide in earlier. The path then carried me to Stool End where I stepped onto the tarmac surface of the farm lane, the short walk that followed allowed me to reflect on the days adventure whilst enjoying the delights of Langdale, all the way to the Walkers Bar at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.

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Pike of Stickle as seen from Mickleden.

The jagged skyline of Lingmoor Fell rises dark behind the dome of Side Pike.

Ascending the Rossett Gill path, looking back over Mickleden to Great Langdale and Lingmoor Fell.

Lingmoor Fell seen over the slopes of Green Tongue.

Pike of Stickle viewed from the head of Rossett Gill.

Sergeant's Crag and Eagle Crag seen down Langstrath.

A diamond set in a hollow below the cliffs of Hanging Knotts, Angle Tarn.

Great End above Esk Hause.

Wonderful views from the Shelter under Esk Hause.

Great Gable and Green Gable with the lower slopes of Great End to the left.

From Esk Hause views to Skiddaw and Derwent Water with Maiden Moor to the left and Allen Crags the right.

Seen from Esk Hause, Allen Crags backed by Glaramara with the Skiddaw massif across the horizon.

Stunning views from the ascent of Esk Pike, ignore Skiddaw look over the summits of Maiden Moor and Rowling End to the pimple on the skyline, little Binsey the most northern of Lakeland fells.

Cliff and scree rush to the valley floor, the Sca Fell massif over the Great Moss.

The summit Esk Pike.

From the summit views over Ore Gap and Hanging Knotts taking in Windermere Lake and the hills of Yorkshire and Bowland in Lancashire.

Ascending Bow Fell looking to the Sca Fell massif, under cloud Sca Fell, centre Scafell Pike, to the right Ill Crag, wonderful mountain scenery.

Esk Pike as seen over Ore Gap.

Breath-taking views from the summit of Bow Fell, Windermere Lake beyond Pike of Blisco and Lingmoor Fell.

Staggering views to the south from the rocky crown of Bow Fell, let the eye drift over Hard Knott and Harter Fell to the far horizon and Black Combe.

The Great Slab, Bow Fell.

Seen from Three Tarns, Sca Fell and Scafell Pike.

The deep cut ravine of Hell Gill backed by Pike of Blisco.

Above Whorneyside Force looking back to Hell Gill.

Wherneyside Force.

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