GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Crinkle Crags Walk

6 miles (10 km)

Crinkle Crags stands at a height of 859m (2,818ft) surrounding the valleys ofGreat Langdaleand Upper Eskdale.
Alfred Wainwright described it thus: 'Much too good to be missed ... this is a climb deserving of high priority'.
The fell gets its name from the distinctive series of five rises and depressions (crinkles) at the summit ridge.
The circular walk starts at the car park near the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in Great Langdale and heads to Stool End Farm on country lanes. You ascend towards Bowfell passing The Band, White Stones and Earing Crag. You then turn south passing the Three Tarns before you reach Crinkle Crags summit at 859m (2,818ft). There are fabulous views of Great Langdale, Eskdale, Dunnerdale, and the estuaries of the rivers Duddon andEskas they enter theIrish Sea. There is also a very good view ofScafell Pike, which is the parent peak of Crinkle Crags.
You then descend towards Great Knott and Oxendale with views of Oxendale Beck. Shortly after you rejoin the path to the car park and the finish point.
To continue your walking in the area you could enjoy a climb along the lovely Dungeon Ghyll waterfall to Stickle Tarn.
Also nearby are the popular Langdale Pikes.

Crinkle Crags OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Crinkle Crags Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The National Trust's Sticklebarn is a great place for refreshments after your walk. The pub has a great menu and a nice outdoor seating area with lovely views for finer days. There's a roaring fire in the cosy interior for the winter months.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For more walking ideas in the area see the Lake District Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Crinkle Crags - - 1482169

Crinkle Crags. Above Great Cove looking over to the top of the crags. Bowfell pops up above the gulley of Mickle Door.

The Crinkle Crags - - 871931

The Crinkle Crags

The Bad Step - - 871996

The Bad Step. The easy route up is on the right about six or nine feet before the overhang. At the right of the lighter rock there are good and obvious hand and foot holds.

Gunson Knott - - 872043

Gunson Knott

The summit cairn of Long Top - - 872002

The summit cairn of Long Top

England's Highest Tarn - - 1482181

England's Highest Tarn, just to the west of the crags. Looking towards England's highest mountain.

The Crinkle Crags Ridge - - 1940833

The Crinkle Crags Ridge

Adam a Cove - - 1483379

Looking at Crinkle Crags summit from Adam a Cove


GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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