Langdale washout

Last week I was in Langdale at the National Trust campsite just in time for storm Freya to hit. I only managed two half days of walking out of four.

Monday morning was quite nice with a bit of sunshine, so I headed up to Red Tarn with a view to going over Crinkle Crags. I’d not been up Oxendale or Browney Gill before. It was a really pleasant walk, although the wind was bitter. The views back down the valley and across to Langdale Pikes were impressive.

Oxendale and Crinkle Crags

Langdale Pikes

Crinkle Crags and Bowfell under cloud

By the time I reached Red Tarn, Crinkle Crags was under cloud. I managed to get 4G phone signal and checked the weather forecast, which suggested rain early afternoon. I had a little poke around Red Tarn and then had an early lunch.

Red Tarn

I decided to go over Pike o’  Blisco and back to the campsite rather than go into the snow and clag on Crinkle Crags. There were a few snow patches on the Pike but it was relatively easy going.

Small tarn on Pike o’ Blisco

The cloud was coming down so the views weren’t great. I descended on the pathless north flank down Wrynose Fell. It was a bit tricky at first because of the snow patches.

Langdale Pikes from Wrynose Fell

Nearing the road, it started to spot with rain. By the time I got back to the campsite, the rain had become more persistent. I retired to the warmth of my camper van.

Overnight and into the next morning I was treated to some seriously heavy rain and strong winds. The rain continued until around lunch when the weather suddenly cleared.

Harrison Stickle

I decided that I’d take a low-level stroll up to Chapel Stile and back. The ground was absolutely saturated but there was a good path most of the way.

Crinkle Cargs and Bowfell

Harrison Stickle and Stickle Ghyll

Although the afternoon started sunny, the cloud was started to build by the time I got to Baysbrown Farm. I picked up the Cumbrian Way and followed it as far as the footbridge before crossing over to return to the campsite.

Lane to the New Hotel

By now the clouds had darkened and the wind had strengthened markedly. Fortunately, I made it back to the campsite before any rain.

The next two days were a complete washout with more or less 48 hours of rain. The nice thing about a camper van though is you can ride out the unpleasant weather in comparative comfort. While it was a bit of a shame that I didn’t get much walking done, it was good to reacquaint myself with Langdale.

The NT campsite has recently refurbished one shower block and the other is due to be finished before Easter. I was very impressed by them. They wouldn’t be out of place in a hotel.


5 thoughts on “Langdale washout”

  1. Shame about the washout, especially with all the driving up there. I like your 3rd photo of the pikes btw. That path to the east of Browney Gill has to be one of the worst man made paths anywhere. I refused to donate to FTF because of the mess they made of this one. Absolute accident waiting to happen. Moan over. At least you got out and you had the luxury of the van.

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