Crinkle Crags

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Standing tall and proud at the western end of Great Langdale is a series of dramatic buttresses, scree gullies and gnarled, rocky peaks known as Crinkle Crags. Most easily approached from Great Langdale, this mile-long rocky roller-coaster is heaven for serious hill-walkers, who get to pick their way along a rugged ridge in the company of Lakeland giants – the craggy Scafell group is on the other side of Eskdale, just a few beats of a raven’s wings away.

Definitions vary, but most observers agree there are five Crinkles in total, with boulder-strewn interludes between them. The highest, at 2818ft, is known as Long Top. This is climbed via a tricky ‘bad step’, but the scramble can be easily bypassed if you can’t manage the big step up.